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London is host to the XXX Olympiad

Posted: July 27, 2012 - 10:07pm

London has stolen the stage for the 2012 Summer Olympics, with Friday night’s extravagant opening ceremonies lighting the way for this every four year gathering of “amateur” athletes from around the world.

Opening ceremonies to the Olympics have become a huge part of the show in and of themselves.

This year, England plays host to the world games. It has been quite a run up to the games for the former empire, what with the Royal wedding of Kate Middleton to Prince William, the Queen’s 60th Diamond Jubilee and now the Olympics, they bloody well know how to put on a show. With so much practice, they were bound to get it right. They just added the Olympic rings to the Tower Bridge and they were set.

Not quite.

Security for the 10,902 athletes from 204 nations was an enormous undertaking. In addition, moving the masses to observe that many athletes will be monumental. Think of it — there will be 302 events in 26 sports and all of that is confined to the city of London. London is already one the world’s largest cities — in 2010 an estimated 11.7 million called the city home — put a few hundred thousand more visitors from the colonies on top of the native Englishmen who will take in the games, and one has a real logistics sticky wicket.

London’s famous tube (subway here in the colonies) will transport some of the throngs of fans. Taxis will be blasting their horns as they inch their way from one event site to another. There will be those who scoot about on bicycles, others aboard motorcycles and, of course, the familiar red doubled-decker buses will carry thousands.

So, for those of us wishing to actually see the XXX Olympiad, it might just be that we’ll see more than the blokes who shuttle across the pond to take in the events in person.

Television coverage will be provided by the National Broadcasting Company (NBC). Most of the events for this Olympic year will be by tape delay.

No matter, we’ll still be able to catch our favorite gymnasts, swimmers and “amateur” basketball games courtesy of the peacock network.

Keith Hansen