London 2012 Olympics Gather Momentum

The London Olympic Games Organising Committee (LOCOG), the agency that is responsible for all Olympic preparations in London, has reported that around five million spectators have witnessed the event to date, at the various venues across the UK.

With more than 60 percent of the event completed so far, the Olympic Park alone has seen around one million visitors since the Games began on July 27, 2012.

Visitors to the events have seen some amazing sporting action, including the setting of 85 new Olympic records and 32 new world records.

Referring to the host nation’s terrific performance in winning 6 gold medals in one day on Saturday August 4, LOCOG chairperson, Lord Sebastian Coe, said, ‘We have done everything we possibly could to create the environment for the athletes to perform.

Everything we have done is aimed at giving the athletes the best shot at that crucial moment in their lives.

For me it probably was the greatest day of sport I have ever witnessed.’

Visiting sports fans have waived flags, donned face paint and cheered their favourites home, creating a tremendous atmosphere for the world’s largest sporting event. Meanwhile, around 300,000 visitors have been watching the sports action from city centre locations across the UK where giant screens have been installed.

The spectacle continued for British sports fans on Sunday, with Andy Murray taking gold in the men’s singles tennis tournament.

LOCOG chief executive officer, Paul Deighton, said¸ ‘My overwhelming feeling is one of pride. I am very proud of the show the UK is putting on, of the tremendous performance of our athletes and I’m very proud of my team which has given its heart and soul to these Games over the last seven years.’