- London Olympics
There have been two London Olympics (
Londonhosting the Olympic Games), in 1908 and 1948, with a third scheduled for 2012. The planned 2012 Olympics will make London the first city to have hosted the modern Games of three Olympiads. London is the only city in the United Kingdomto have ever hosted the Olympics; the United Statesis the only country to have hosted Summer Olympics on more occasions than the UK. No city in the UK has hosted the Winter Olympic Games.
British participation in Olympic events, both as a competitor and as a host, is the responsibility of the
British Olympic Association.
List of London Olympics
1908 Summer Olympics
1908 Summer Olympics(the Games of the IV Olympiad) were the fourth modern Olympic Games and the third to be hosted outside of Athens, Greece. The International Olympic Committeeconsiders them the fourth Olympic Games, discounting the intercalated 1906 Summer Olympics.
The 1908 Olympic Games were scheduled to take place in
Rome, but the eruption of Mount Vesuviuson 7 April 1906required the Italian Government to redirect funds away from the Olympics. The events took place between 27 April 1908and 31 October 1908, with 22 nations participating in 110 events. The British team easily topped the unofficial medal count, finishing with three times as many medals as the second-place United States.
1944 Summer Olympics
1944 Summer Olympics(Games of the XIII Olympiad) were scheduled to be held in London. Awarded in 1939, they were, however, cancelled due to World War II. These Games would have celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Modern Olympiad. A small celebratory sporting competition was held in Lausanne, in lieu of the Olympics, at IOC HQ.
1948 Summer Olympics
1948 Summer Olympics(the Games of the XIV Olympiad) were the first to be held after World War II, with the 1944 Summer Olympicshaving been cancelled due to the war. Showing a collective unity after the war, 59 nations competed in 136 different events between 29 July 1948and 14 August 1948. Germanyand Japanhad not been invited due to security reasons. Unlike the last time the UK hosted the Olympics, the British athletes did not have a high medal count, finishing 12th in the unofficial medal count with only 23 medals.
2012 Summer Olympics
2012 Summer Olympics(the Games of the XXX Olympiad) are planned to take place between 27 July 2012and 12 August 2012. The London 2012 Olympic bidwas announced as the winner of the bidding process on 6 July 2005, following unsuccessful bid attempts for previous Olympics by Manchesterand Birmingham. The planning for the Games is still ongoing, with many announcements and developments taking place.
2012 Summer Paralympic Games
The 2012 Summer Paralympic Games will be the fourteenth Paralympics and will take place between
29 August 2012and 9 September 2012at the Summer Olympics venues in London.
Wenlock Olympian Society Annual Games
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* [http://www.london2012direct.co.uk/ London Olympics] 2012 Information Portal
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* [http://www.russelljames.co.uk/rjolympics.htm] What and who saved the 1908 London Games?
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