The Olympics are coming to Junior Dispatch

Posted by on April 18, 2012 in Featured, Olympic Dreams, Site News | Comments Off

Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrating after winning the men's 4x100 relay final, and setting a world record, in 2011 at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea. Bolt was one of the stars of the Beijing Olympics.

The 2012 Summer Olympics are now 100 days away, and Junior Dispatch plans on offering a full slate of stories and videos from the games in London.

Noting that the opening ceremony events are just a few months away, the Associated Press spoke with Sebastian Coe, the man in charge of the 2012 event and a former Olympian himself.

“One hundred days — it sort of means something to people,” Coe said, with the Olympic Stadium in clear view from his 23rd floor offices. “When you’re talking about seven years, six years, five years, four years, that’s one thing, but actually you’re talking about days.

More than 10,500 athletes from 204 countries will start moving into the Olympic village two weeks before the opening ceremony, and thousands of media will begin working at the press and broadcast center.

Coe believes Olympic fever will take off in Britain once the Olympic flame arrives in Land’s End on the westernmost tip of England on May 19, heralding the start of a 70-day, 8,000-mile torch relay across the U.K.

Sebastian Coe talks about the 100 days left before the opening of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

While the 80,000-seat main stadium, velodrome, aquatics center and other Olympic Park venues are built and ready for the games, Coe pointed out that temporary venues still need to be prepared. That includes the central locations of Horse Guards Parade and the Mall where beach volleyball, the marathon, race walk and road cycling will take place.

“We’ve got a lot of work still to do,” Coe said. “We’re in really good shape. Through all that, we’ve not remotely taken our eye off some of the smaller things that … make the difference between a good games and a great games.

156 countries are expected to send athletes to this year’s Olympic games.

According to Wikipedia, the following events will take place at the Olympics. Track and Field sports, which include running, jumping, javelin, discus and shotput, are listed under “athletics”: