15 Facts about the 2012 Olympic Games

1. Around a million more tickets will go on sale from May 11, 2012!

2. The Opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics will be called ‘The Isles of Wonder’ and will be directed by award-winning director Danny Boyle of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ fame.

3. 205 nations are expected to take part in 300 events at the 2012 Games.

4. The marathon, triathlon and road cycling events are among Olympic events that will be free to spectators.

5. The most expensive tickets are £2,012 for the best seats at the opening ceremony, while the cheapest are just £20.

6. 8 other cities submitted bids to host the 2012 Olympics: Havana, Rio de Janeiro, Istanbul, Leipzig, Moscow, New York City, Paris and Madrid.

7. According to the organisers, the Olympic Games budget came from these sources:

  • 64% – Central Government
  • 23% – National Lottery
  • 13% – Mayor of London / London Development Agency

8. Around 70 000 unpaid volunteers (known as Games Makers) will work with the organisers, performing various tasks prior to and during the Games. More than 240 000 Game Maker applications were received.

10. The Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics will be called ‘The Isles of Wonder’ and will be directed by award-winning director Danny Boyle of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ fame.

11. The 2012 Games logo was designed by Wolff Olins and cost £400,000. The logo has received criticism since it was unveiled in 2007, some saying it is reminiscent of the swastika. Iran threatened to boycott the Olympics because the logo looks like it might spell the word “Zion”.

12. In the vicinity of 4 700 medals have been produced for the Olympic and Paralympic Games by the Royal Mint.

13. The IOC’s social media guidelines prohibit athletes from commenting on other participants, promoting their own sponsors or themselves, or using the word “Olympic” in URLs or to refer to third parties. They are also not allowed to upload any videos taken within the Olympic Village.

14. Around 9% of the energy for the Olympic Park and Olympic Village is expected to come from renewable technologies and all food packaging at the Olympics will be made from compostable, re-usable or recyclable materials.

15. The 1981 Best Picture Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire’s theme tune was featured at the opening of the 2012 London New Year’s fireworks celebrating the Olympics,and might feature in the opening and/or closing ceremonies too.