London 2012 Olympics: The Countdown Begins

June 28, 2012 By:
London 2012 Olympics: The Countdown Begins

With exactly 30 days to go to the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has revealed all the exciting technological accoutrements and live entertainment that’s in store for both the live and the remote viewer.

In an attempt at “connecting more young people with sport,” each venue will feature “a tailored sports presentation programme offering different experiences best suited to sports -- ensuring the spectator experience is as good as possible.”

In regards to making this the best games ever, Director of Sport, Debbie Jevans, said: “There are 26 Olympic sports and many people will be seeing these for the first time so we will explain some of the intricacies in an innovative and informative way.”

As far as the actual games are concerned, all venues will have announcers and commentators acting as guides and some will have the option of in-ear commentary radios to offer up additional info to the curious or novice spectator.

But let’s move on to the entertainment portion of the festivities!

Sport themed films will premiere before each gaming session to present “an overview of the sport in a dynamic and engaging way” using “actions shots of former and current athletes as well as graphical animations and motion capture avatars demonstrating the sports.”

Then the LOCOG has created themed play lists to accompany various games, the five main categories being, energy, primetime, extreme, heritage and world stage. So they use the examples of the extreme mix as the soundtrack for BMX… and wait, since when was that an Olympic sport? 2008 apparently, nice addition.

Other musical plans include the, “Rock the Games” program with live performances of new songs written specifically for the occasion. Participating bands include Muse, Elton John vs Pnau, Delphic, Chemical Brothers and Dizzee Rascal. Surprise shows will also be played by the Scissor Sisters and Rizzle Kicks. Then some military bands and DJ’s are worked into the mix.

Other live performances include dancing from ballet companies and street crews, acrobatics, cheerleading, and various sport skills demonstrations.

There’s also going to be a bandstand showcasing up and comers, some “roaming performers” and photo ops with a mascot.

Even if you’re anti-sports, this event has a lot to look forward to!

And regardless of how the competition plays out, one thing is for sure before it even begins -- these are NOT your parents Olympic Games.