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2012 OLYMPICS | TIMELINES History Some discontinued Olympic events (codified by the Brits): The Paralympic Games originated in Britain in 1948, when a group of World War Il veterans with spinal injuries competed in an archery contest at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital. The event coincided with the Summer Olympics The bridges in the Olympic Park are made of gabions, recycled materials and GOLF £20,000 LONDON LINES Golf and rugby (the seven-a- side version) are returning to the Games in 2016 CRICKET rubble on the busiest days The only branded food and drink in the THE BRITISH CAPITAL HAS SPENT billions on new sports venues even redeveloping three run-down districts. Many fans will get to the events using the world's oldest un- derground transit system, known as the Tube, which opened in 1863. Here's a map of London Olympics facts and figures to guide you through the city's third hosting of the Summer Games The British Health Protection William Shakespeare's Henry Vi, Part 3, contains the first published use of the term Olympian in the English language RUGBY, Agency will undertake official disease surveillance POLO An estimated 800,000 use London's public-transport system people will Britain's Philip Noel-Baker is the only Olympic medalist (silver, 1,500 m, Antwerp) who also won the Nobel Peace Prize-in 1959, for his commitment to the reconciliation of nations and prevention of war OVER 1 BILLION used no 100+ Sports, disciplines and events that have been added to the Olympics since 1980, including women's boxing, which debuts at London 2012 Money Estimated number of viewers for the three- hour opening ceremony The lower tier 4,500 BY SONIA VAN GILDER COOKE, MEGAN on July 27 of the Olympic Stadium is Number of homes that will result GIBSON, KHARUNYA PARAMAGURU AND JUDITH Games WELIKALA, GRAPHIÇ BY HEATHER JONES permanent and holds 25,000 people; the upper tier holds 55,000 and can be dismantled Sebastian Coe, head of the London a specially commissioned poem titled from the conversion of the Olympic Village More than 300,000 wetland plants and 10 Tech 145 84 Number of medals Britain Number of medals earned The official theme song of the Games is won during London's first Olympic Games, in 1908 by the U.S. ry-OLYAPIAD ONDON 1999 used just a tenth of trhe seel needed for Beijing's 12,000 New Jobs the Games are projected The entire Channel Tunnel, connecting England and France, will have cell-phone 2012 Organizing made from sustainably sourced Siberian pine O The river Lea, which winds its way through the Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter Zara Phillips is on the British equestrian team. Her parents Princess Anne and Captain Mark coverage during the Games in 1948, the second time London hosted the Games 45,000 Estimated number of meals the Olympic Village will serve daily stadium workers were offered a bonus of It took home Given the expected increase in traffic, most of London's public-transport London 2012 marks the first time the the 1,500 m in '80 and '84 Britain broke its own Eco carbon footprint of the entire Summer Olympic at least 47 The London 1948 Games were £500 the first shown on British TV Rainwater will be collected dotting the city The Olympic Park spans 500 acres (200 aboveground counterparts The cycling track is It is the chain's largest outlet worldwide from the handball arena's roof and reused to reduce the venue's are water usage by The main Olympic equipment will be used at the Games, including 356 pairs of boxing gloves 40% Mosquitoes living in the London Underground are Phillips were Olympic riders too Some buildings near key Olympic venues-like the residential Fred Wigg Tower-will have missiles installed * them in case of a terrorist threat O All four nations in Each of the four nations in the U.K. will be represented by its national flower-rose (England), thistle (Scotland), daffodil (Wales) and flax (Northern Ireland)-at the opening ceremony event in the world bikes will be available at 15,000 rental stations England, Paolo Nutini for Scotland, the Stereophonics for Wales, Snow Patrol for Northern Ireland Farm animals that will be used in the opening ceremony: 12 horses, three cows, two goats, 10 chickens, 10 ducks, 9 geese, 7 sheep and three sheepdogs To accommodate the athletes, all doors in the basketball arena are at least 7 ft. 20,5 in. (240 cm) high the U.K. will be represented in a London concert coinciding with the opening ceremony: 4,400 Culture 205 Number of bouquets that will be presented to athletes during the medal ceremonies to regenerate East London Number of Opened in 1932, Hackney Wick Stadium was mainly used for greyhound racing. It now forms part of the Olympic Park Sites national anthems the London Philharmonic recorded over 52 hours for the Olympic medal ceremonies. The shortest anthem was Uganda's (18 sec.); the longest was Uruguay's (nearly 7 min.; it had to be edited) urban shopping center in Europe and was built as part of a strategy GETTY IMAGES (12); SOURCES: BARCLAYS; BBCC: FCO; BRITISH LIBRARY; DAILY MAIL; THE DAILY TELEGRAPH; EUROTUNNEL: GLA; THE GUARDIAN; HEALTH PROTECTION AGENCY; 10c; ISOH; LOCOG; LONDON COUNCILS 2012 TEAM; THE LONDON EVENING STANDARD; MUSEUM OF LONDON; THE NEW YORKER; THE OBSERVER; ODA; THE WASHINGTON POST )The 1948 Olympics, known as the Austerity Games, British poet laureate S across the U.K. projecting the Games stadium in 2008 O There will be 27 digital screens main taxpayer money Carol Ann Duffy has written Olympic Park will be from Games could be fined 46,000 employees built the Olympic Park to travel to the Games O About Anyone who streaks at the Coca-Cola, McDonald's, Cadbury, Heineken and Nature Valley. The biggest McDonald's restaurant there seats 1,500 measured football fields' worth of wildflowers will beautify the groune of the Olympic Park ( 1 million pieces of “Eton Manor" Wenlock and MandevilleO Paralympic Games will be Committee, won gold in surviva thoroughly cleaned for the to generate in the Olympic Park O Beijing 2008 hectares) O The Olympics are the biggest br " by the British mascots orking during the Games O Olympic Park, has been O The mall next to the Olympic Park is the largest record for the most gold medals at band Muse genetically distinct from their O The 2012 Olympic 8,300 Duran Duran for

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