As you may already know, the ticketing process for London 2012 has been clouded in controversy since they went on sale in March. In the first round, two thirds of the applicants missed out, people began feeling conned, and even the Mayor of London missed out on tickets (although I'm sure he will be allowed access to any event he desires). Most people who applied didn't get any tickets, and those who did are still not happy with the tickets they got. If you fall into those categories, this week is your last chance!
For British folks who got nothing the first go-around, a second chance sale of remaining tickets begins this Friday, June 24th, on a first-come, first-serve basis. For those who aren't happy with the tickets they received, a secon…Read more >
In the past few months, the Olympics Wiki has been following the ongoing development, or lack thereof, of a Football team that will represent Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Neal Vaughan wrote a great blog post about the situation, to which I refer for a bit of context. There is also a section of the Football 2012 page devoted entirely to the "Team Great Britain Controversy", which includes a poll for those of you who want to have your say (although I strongly encourage commenting below as well). Finally, if you desire a list of pros and cons on the matter, check out this debate. Having said all that, this week was a defining moment for the entire saga in the oddest way possible.
As you may have gathered from the aforementioned l…Read more >
As you may know, our Wiki is not only destined to become the ultimate site for Olympic history, news, and athlete bios, but also the best resource for fans who are traveling to the games. As we round-up information and ramp-up excitement for London 2012, we thought we should provide you with a fresh perspective on the host city. For the scoop on London, we sent travel expert World Wide Nate to do some first-hand research that is both entertaining and informational. The result is the first series of Olympics Wiki Presents; 10 videos about what to do, see, eat, drink, and buy in London, as well as interviews about the 2012 games with people on the street, hopeful athletes, and even the CEO of the Olympic planning committee! We will release a…Read more >
Earth Day is on April 22nd, and this year's goal is for everyone to pledge an act of green. Examples of such acts can be found on the Earth Day website, where individuals and organizations are being encouraged to make these pledges, so that together we may reach one billion acts of green before the 2012 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A notable element of this campaign for us here at the Olympics Wiki is the support Earth Day is getting from the world's finest athletes. Many Olympians are getting in on the action as part of the Athletes for Earth network. American representatives include the gold medal-winning, backstroke-master Aaron Peirsol, gold medalist skier Billy Demong, and World Champion freeskier Alison Gannett.
The short video…Read more >
On Monday night, a futuristic countdown clock was unveiled in London's Trafalgar Square, accompanied by fireworks and the usual pomp and circumstance. As "the official time keepers of the Olympics" do every couple of years, Omega devised the clock to provide the busy square with a countdown to the commencement of the 2012 Summer Games. By Tuesday, the clock failed its only mission. On the very day that Olympics tickets went on sale, the countdown ceased for several hours, stalling at 500 days, 7 hours, 6 minutes, and 56 seconds. I expect better from the Swiss, but mistakes happen. We can forgive them. It's just a silly clock.
But wait, the story gets better. The countdown clock was not the only London Olympics-related event on Monday night,…Read more >