Just when you think you have seen the greatest Olympic Games opening ceremony ever, the next Olympics roll around and take it to a whole new level. This time, on July 27th, London is planning an unprecedented opening ceremony with the UKs biggest-ever live show. The UK boasts some of the top creative talent in the world, and they will be putting on a show for over a billion people. This is just the beginning for the world’s most exciting sporting event. With such huge popularity for the world’s biggest sporting competition, it important to plan your Olympics trip ahead, with cheap flights to London getting more scarce by the day.
North Greenwich Arena, London
Also called the O2 Arena, this dome by the Thames will be the site for two of the most popular events. It will host the Basketball final on August 12th as well as the Gymnastics on August 7th .
Hyde Park, London
The Triathlon is one event that brings the all-round sporting atmosphere of the Greek origins of the games. This year it will be held in Hyde Park on August 4th, and thousands of people will line the route to watch the races for free. Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee are the favorites in the triathlon and would like to cross the line together for a tie for gold.
Lee Valley White Water Center
The Center is the venue for the canoe slalom competition from July 29th to August 1st. It will be open to anyone to be used for canoeing, white water rafting and kayaking before the games start.
Football Stadiums all over the UK
The Olympic competition in football will be held in stadiums in many cities. In Glasgow at Hampden Park, in Manchester at Old Trafford, in Cardiff at the Millennium Stadium, in Newcastle at St. James’ Park, in Birmingham at Villa Park and the venue for the finals is Wembley Stadium in London. The final is on the last Saturday of the games.
Looking for the Stars
In tennis at Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal will play for another Olympic Gold from July 28th to August 5th. Andy Murray is also aiming for the gold. Venus and Serena Williams have plans to play for Olympic medals. In swimming at the Olympic Park Aquatics Centre, Michael Phelps plans to go for the gold, even if it isn’t eight. It will be worth seeing him in the final 200 meter butterfly on July 31st. Ian Thorpe is also planning to make a comeback, and it will be thrilling to see his 400 meter freestyle on July 28th. Thorpe and Phelps could be going head to head in the 200 meter freestyle on July 30th. Gymnastics always draws a big crowd, and Nastia Liukin is continuing her career in London. Her rival, Shawn Johnson, is also competing, and they both hit the floor on August 2nd.
On August 9th, in Hyde Park, there is a chance to see Usain Bolt make history in the 200 meter final. If Tyson Gay has anything to say, he will be the one making history. This could be an amazing head to head race. These are just a few of the great sporting events that will take place this summer in London.