The London 2012 Olympics Medals

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

David Watkins was designer of the Summer Olympics in London next year. The medals were presented by Her Royal Highness, the princess Royal and London 2012 Chairman Sebastian Coe along with the international Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge and the Coordination Commission chairman Denis Oswald. This will be the greatest achievement of the athletes in 2012 Olympics and their going to bring this home in their country to symbolize victory. The event will produce more than 2,000 copies for 302 ceremonies that will last 16 days of competition. The Olympic medal symbols on front and back juxtapose the goddess Nike, for the spirit and tradition of the Games, and the River Thames, for the city of London. On the back of the medals is the 2012 branding, representing the modern city as a jewel-like, geological growth. The logo is shown against a 'pick-up-sticks' grid which radiates the energy of athletes and a sense of pulling together. The River Thames runs through the middle as a celebratory ribbon. The bowl-like background recalls ancient amphitheatres, with a square balancing the circle to give a sense of place. The sport and discipline is engraved on the rim of each medal, all of which will be produced by the Royal Mint at Llantrisant, South Wales.

Coe said: “I hope that seeing the design of the London 2012 Olympic medals will be a source of inspiration for the thousands of athletes around the world who are counting down the year before they compete at the greatest show on earth. All of our preparations are focused on ensuring the athletes are at the heart of the Games, and I believe that through this rigorous process the panel of experts have selected an artist and a design for medals that all athletes would be proud to own.”

London 2012 Olympic Flame

Saturday, October 1, 2011

From East Midlands to East of England, London, Northern Ireland, North East, North West, Scotland, South East, South West, Wales/ Cymru, West Midlands,  Yorkshire and finally Humber. The Olympic flame will travel through these places. It will travel within an hour of 95% of people in UK to shine a light on the best their area has to offer such as landscapes and popular urban areas. The host towns and cities are really working on precisely the festival to how best involve the people as well as the tourist to join the celebration. Torch Relay evening celebration will mark a mixture of entertainment and shows in each community that will relay the flame. The flame relay will start on May 19, 2012 Saturday at Land’s End. This ritual is just part of the original Olympic tradition of how will lit the flame. In ancient time in Greece, it is lit from the sun’s rays at the temple of Hera in Olympia. After a short relay in Greece the flame will now travel to the new host city at another ceremony, where it is transferred from one torchbearer to another spreading the message of peace, unity and friendship among all nations in the world. The journey will then be end as the last torchbearer will light the cauldron at the Olympics Games Opening Ceremony in the Olympic Stadium, stating the official start of the Games. The flame will only extinguish at the final day of the games in the closing ceremony. As of the latest update till now, there are many Torchbearer candidates, it is being voted as the way it is traditionally of who will be the lucky person to light the final Torch in London 2012.

These are the Olympic Torches way back from Berlin 1936, all in all there are 21 Olympic Torches including the latest one from London 2012.