THIS EVENT ENDED ON THE 12TH AUGUST 2012
All eyes are on London this summer as the city hosts its third Olympic Games and millions of visitors descend upon the capital to watch the world's greatest athletes compete to win medals for their countries. The proceedings kick off with an opening ceremony of epic proportions on July 27th, the standards have been set dauntingly high by the last Olympic hosts, Beijing, and an estimated 15% of the world's population are expected to tune in; so the pressure is well and truly on for director Danny Boyle who is rumoured to be putting a Shakespearean slant on the ceremony. Once officially opened the drama really begins with a huge range of sporting events taking place across the country, with table tennis, taekwondo and everything in between. The 2012 Games are a seriously momentous occasion for London, and everyone is hoping it will be third time lucky as we get another shot as Olympic hosts. The first time the Games arrived in the capital was in 1908, after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius disrupted plans for them to be held in Rome. We got another opportunity in 1944 but were forced to cancel after World War II broke out. Finally, four years later London welcomed 59 nations to compete in the Games, notably Germany and Japan were not invited. It's been 54 long years since the torch last landed in London, and after tireless campaigning to secure the 2012 bid and much anticipation, it's finally time for Britain to show the world what it's made of. Expect mass chaos, controversy and a whole lot of hysteria, its going to be a truly unforgettable summer.
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