Our A-Z of the upcoming Olympic Games has some really nifty resources and information. It also tells you all about the alien invasion, the zombie apocalypse, and the possibility of Keith Moon performing at one of the ceremonies.
A is for ATHLETES, since it’s really the Athletes who make the Olympics what they are. These are the people who build their bodies into finely-tuned machines so that you and I can sit on the couch and marvel at them. In 2012, 10,500 such athletes from 205 nations are expected to take part in more than 300 events.
B is for the BEST SEATS, going for around £3,000 for the opening ceremony. Luckily the cheap seats start from around £20.
C is for CONSPIRACY THEORY, since the 2012 Olympic Games appear to have become the subject of many. According to one theory, The Illuminati will stage a fake alien invasion at the Olympic Stadium, spreading panic across the world and causing the population to become more submissive, leading to a one-world government and a population of puppets.
D is for DOPING, something which won’t be very easy to do in 2012, thanks to a state-of-the-art anti-doping laboratory in Harlow, Essex. The lab was provided by GlaxoSmithKline, and will be operated by King’s College London, with support from 150 scientists from around the world. The lab is about the size of seven tennis courts. It will operate 24/7 and will test – without prior warning – every medallist and around half of all competitors.
E is for EVENT CALENDAR, which will keep you updated every step (or high jump or pole vault) of the way. See the calendar on www.london2012.com/schedule-and-results/.
F is for FREE EVENTS, which include the marathon, triathlon and road cycling events.
G is for GAMES MAKERS, the 70 000-odd unpaid volunteers who will work very hard behind the scenes before, during and after the Games. More than 240 000 people applied to be a Games Maker. Those who were successful dedicate weeks of their time, working for free.
H is for HATSUNE MIKU, the most requested performer for the Olympic Games. Is Hatsune Miku a trance DJ? An Asian beauty with the voice of an angel? A SKA band? None of the above, actually. It’s a singing synthesizer application with a female identity, developed by Crypton Future Media with Yamaha Corporation’s Vocaloid 2 synthesizing technology. The name comes from a fusion of the Japanese words for first (hatsu), sound (ne) and future (Miku).
I is for ISLE OF WONDER, the name of the 2012 Summer Olympic Opening Ceremony, directed by none other than award-winning Danny Boyle of Slumdog Millionaire fame.
J is for JOBS, because you could still find yourself an Olympic job at locogrecruitment.london2012.com/jobs.
K is for KEITH MOON, who certain Olympics organisers tried to contact to find out if he would be available to perform. The only problem, of course, is that Keith Moon passed away in 1978 from an accidental overdose of prescription medicine.
L is for LOSERS, being Paris, Madrid, Moscow, New York, Havana, Rio de Janeiro, Istanbul and Leipzig, all losing out to our beautiful city, despite the fact that London has hosted the Games twice before.
M is for MEDALS, 4 700 of which have been produced for the Olympic and Paralympic Games by the Royal Mint at their headquarters in Llantrisant, South Wales.
N is for NATIONAL ANTHEMS, specifically the 205 national anthems of all the competing countries, which British composer and conductor Philip Sheppard has been recording fresh for the Games. 140 of the competing countries have never had their anthem played at a medal ceremony before.
O is for OATH, which the Olympic Team Captain of the host nation will read on behalf of all the participating nations:
“In the name of all competitors, I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honor of our teams.”
P is for PRESS CENTRE, AKA, the International Broadcast Centre, a 24-hour media hub for around 20,000 broadcasters, photographers and journalists who will bring the Games to an estimated four billion people worldwide. The centre is the size of six full-size football pitches, and the biggest forklift truck in the country was used to erect the steel frame.
Q is for QUIZ, which you can take to test your Olympics general knowledge: www.bbc.co.uk/newsround.
R is for REDUCE, RE-USE AND RECYCLE, which the organisers are committed to doing this year. 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.
S is for SPONSORS, partners, supporters and suppliers. The biggest global partners include giants Coca Cola, P&G, Acer, McDonalds, VISA, BP, BT and British Airways. How could anyone think there’s a world-domination plot going on?
T is for TORCH RELAY, which you can follow pace by pace, with this great interactive map: www.london2012.com/torch-relay/.
U is for UPLOADING, something Olympic athletes aren’t allowed to do with videos taken inside the Olympic Village. 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.
V is for VELODROME, which besides being a hugely impressive piece of architecture and construction, is also tipped to be the fastest cycling track in the world.
W is for WOLFF OLINS, who designed the 2012 Games logo at a cost of £400,000. The logo has received heavy criticism since it was unveiled in 2007, some saying it is reminiscent of the swastika and others convinced it’s just another way the Illuminati is using the Olympics to take control of our minds.
X is for XBOX, which you can use to play London 2012, the official Olympics video game developed by Sega Australia.
Y is for YOGA, which Rajashree Choudhury, founder of USA Yoga, and her husband, colourful Bikram Choudhury, are hoping will be an Olympic Sport by 2016.
Z is for ZOMBIE APOCOLYPSE, apparently predicted by Nostradamus to be happening this year, in London, during the Olympic Games:
When the great number seven is complete
[When the world population will reach 7 000 000 000 (2012)]
Appearing at the time of the Olympic Games
[London Olympic Games 27 July-12 Aug 2012]
Not long past the millennium,
[In 2000 we entered in a new millennium (2000 years = 2 millennia)]
Then the buried come out from their graves.
[Zombies rising from the dead, obviously]
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