Monday Olympic Photo Gallery: The closing ceremony, basketball, pentathlon, handball, rythmic gymnastics, wrestling and more
Yes, the 2012 Summer Olympics in London are over, but Junior Dispatch had to squeeze in one more photo gallery to cover the big final day on Sunday.
The London Olympics have ended. IOC President Jacques Rogge just pronounced them closed.
“We will never forget the smiles, the kindness and the support of the wonderful volunteers, the much-needed heroes of these games. You, the spectators and the public, provided the soundtrack for these games,” Rogge says.
He adds: “You have shown the world the best of British hospitality.”
And this: “These were happy and glorious games.”
He concluded: “I declare the games of the 30th Olympiad closed.”
Next stop for the Summer Games: Rio 2016.
As the London Olympics closed, the next host, Rio de Janeiro, was set to kick off four years of preparations for games that some see as Brazil’s entrance onto the world stage.
Many are bracing for a rocky ride as Rio — a laid-back beach city not known for its efficiency or punctuality — rushes to build four main Olympic sites and undertake a massive infrastructure overhaul.
Rio native Joao Carlos de Figueireiro said that despite the “mess” that was sure to come, he had faith things would work out in the end.
“There are definitely things we need to work on, organization-wise,” said Figueireiro, a 56-year-old barman at a neighborhood cafe. “But we’re experts at pulling rabbits out of hats at the last minute and I’m sure that’s what we’re going to do.”
Overnight, Olympic Park in London has gone from party central to an empty, blocked-off construction site.
Now that the games are over, the park is eerily deserted. The main stadium is blocked off by metal barriers, concession stands are closed, and the world’s biggest McDonald’s empty. Small groups of construction workers are working to transform the venues for use in the Paralympic Games, which begin Aug. 29.
Olympic Park had been visited by more than 5 million people over the last 17 days.
It will be closed to the public until the Paralympics — and for almost a year afterwards, while some venues are torn down and others are modified. It will open in stages from next summer as the 560-acre (227-hectare) Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Now on to the last batch of photos from the 2012 Olympic games in London.Read More
Friday Olympic Photo Gallery: Water polo, soccer, decathlon, triple jump, sailing, hockey, taekwondo and more
Here are five things to look out for at the London Olympics on Friday, according to the Associated Press:
2. OSCAR PISTORIUS: South Africa’s double-amputee runner finishes his landmark first Olympics in the men’s 4×400-meter relay final.
3. BEYOND BOLT: Jamaica’s men run in the 4×100 relay heat, but Usain Bolt is unlikely to feature. How much strength in depth do they have?
4. DOPING: Just days before the eight-year deadline expires, the IOC formally stripped American cyclist Tyler Hamilton of his 2004 gold for doping.
5. THEY RULE THE WAVES: Australia bounced back — slightly — from a disappointing Olympics, winning a sailing gold — its third — to become the most successful nation on the ocean at these games.
Claressa Shields’ hometown of Flint, Mich., has been celebrating this week after the teen boxing sensation punched her way to an Olympic gold medal.
Mayor Dayne Walling and City Councilman Bryant Nolden invited city residents to a local bar to watch the 17-year-old’s gold medal match against Nadezda Torlopova of Russia. Shields won the middleweight bout 19-12
Shields’ father, Clarence, was among the about 200 people who attended the free viewing event in downtown Flint. He took to a knee to pray after watching his daughter receive her medal.
The mayor said “the atmosphere was electric” as people watched a young product of the struggling community’s schools and youth sports programs reach the peak of her craft.
A television crew from NBC affiliate WTHR in Indianapolis has been toting around its meteorologist for the entire games. Or, at least, one version of its meteorologist.
The crew is trying to get as many athletes and celebrities as possible to pose with a cutout of Chuck Lofton. On Thursday, entertainer Ryan Seacrest went along with the gag.
Looking into the television camera as he held out the miniature picture of Lofton, the diminutive Seacrest told the meteorologist, “Chuck, you might be bigger than me.”
Check out Flat Chuck with swimmer Allison Schmidt here: http://pic.twitter.com/A5T27mkU
If athletes from the University of Florida comprised their own country in the Olympics, they’d give many nations a run for their money.
Gator athletes had another big day Thursday, when triple jumpers Christian Taylor and Will Claye won gold and silver, soccer players Abby Wambach and Heather Mitts were part of the U.S. women’s gold medal winning squad and Melanie Booth of Canada got bronze on her national team’s effort.
The triple jumpers, Wambach and swimmers Ryan Lochte and Conor Dwyer reveled in the Gator success on Friday and posed for pictures together doing the trademark Gator chomp.
“Gator nation is the best,” says Lochte, winner of five swimming medals in London.
“We’ve worked hard. I’ve personally seen most of the athletes working out. We push our bodies to the limit and that’s why we did so well.”
He continued: “And you know what? We’re like a big family so we always help each other out. No matter what sport it is, we come together and work toward the goal. Once swimming was done, I was totally tuned into track and field and all the other sports Gators are representing.”
The gender balance at the Summer Olympics is changing.
The International Olympic Committee says Thursday that 44 percent of the athletes competing in London are women. At the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, women made up only 24 percent of participants.
The London games are also the first Olympics where all 204 nations have sent a female athlete.
As the London Games wind to a close, Rio is ramping up.
Leonardo Gryner, head of the Rio organizers, says they are “transforming the whole city” for the 2016 Summer Games.
“All of the construction is on time,” Gryner says. “All of the sports venues will be completed by 2015 in time for full test events for each competition.”
- 7/30 –Archery, Fencing, Table tennis, Field hockey, Air rifle, Rowing, Swimming and more
- 7/31 — Swimming, Equestrian, Judo, Weightlifting, Canoe, Archery and more
- 8/1 — Michael Phelps, Swimming, Diving, Volleyball, Fencing, Shooting Handball andmore
- 8/2 — Field hockey, Badminton, Gymnastics, Rowing, Swimming and more
- 8/3 — Judo, Gymnastics, Weightlifting, Shot put, Running and more
- 8/6 — Usain Bolt, Blade Runner, Hammer throw, Water polo, Canoe, Diving and more
- 8/7 — Ping pong, Handball, Basketball, Hurdles, Javelin and more
- 8/8 — Volleyball, Discus, Track-and-field, Soccer, BMX and more
- 8/9 — Volleyball, basketball, boxing, taekwondo, wrestling, running and more.
And now on to today’s Olympic photo gallery, as shot by the Associated Press’s photographers.