This summer will be a very exciting
time for athletes around the world! Once
again it’s time for the Summer Olympics!
This year’s Olympics
The 2012 Olympics will be held London, England from July 27 – August 12, 2012. It’s the 3rd time that London has hosted the games – the most times any one city has hosted the Olympics!
Where is London? The city of London is in the country of England which is in the western part of the European continent.
Over 10,000 athletes from over 200 National Olympic Committees are expected to participate.
There are 26 different sports in the Summer Olympics that will lead to over 300 events! Follow this link to an article with a table that shows the different sports: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympic_sports
Cities hosting the Olympics usually create mascots to represent the Games. The mascots travel around the world to get people excited about the Olympics. London’s mascots are Wenlock, named after a town in England – one of the towns that inspired the Modern Olympics, and Mandeville who is named after a hospital in England that helped inspire people to create the Paralympics. The Paralympics are a sporting event for athletes who have a physical disability. To learn more about the mascots and to design your own click here: https://mascot-games.london2012.com/