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Olympic Preparations for London 2012

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Just 75 days from now, the 2012 Summer Olympics torch relay will begin its two-month journey from Land's End, the westernmost tip of mainland England, to London's new Olympic Stadium. The opening ceremony on July 27 will mark the end of a nearly decade-long process, beginning with London's 2003 bid to host the 2012 games. Since the city's selection, officials and businesses have been constructing new venues and upgrading old ones, conducting security drills, organizing volunteers, and hosting test events to make sure all systems are running properly. Athletes around the world have also been preparing for their moment in this year's Olympic and Paralympic Games. Collected here is just a small overview of the massive effort involved to get ready for the London 2012 Summer Olympics. [45 photos]

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Olympic rings mounted on a barge are maneuvered to pass under Tower Bridge during a promotional event for the London 2012 Olympic Games, on the River Thames in London, on February 28, 2012. (Reuters/Andrew Winning)
Olympic rings mounted on a barge are maneuvered to pass under Tower Bridge during a promotional event for the London 2012 Olympic Games, on the River Thames in London, on February 28, 2012. (Reuters/Andrew Winning)
Olympic games volunteers, known as games makers, take part in a training event at Wembley Arena in London, on February 4, 2012. 70,000 volunteers will be taking part in the London 2012 Olympic games. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) #
(1 of 4) November 12, 2008 -- an aerial view of early construction underway at the London 2012 Olympic Stadium. (AP Photo/Anthony Charlton, ODA) #
(2 of 4) April 15, 2009 -- construction work continues on the 2012 Olympic Stadium in the Olympic Village in Stratford in east London. (AP Photo/Anthony Charlton/ODA) #
(3 of 4) December 5, 2011 -- An aerial view of the London 2012 Olympic Games Olympic Park, nearing the end of construction. (Reuters/LOCOG) #
(4 of 4) March 5, 2012 -- The Olympic Stadium and Orbit tower, at sunset in Stratford in east London. (Reuters/Toby Melville) #
Britain's Olympic triple jump gold medalist Jonathan Edwards, poses for a photograph with a gold medal designed for the London 2012 Olympic Games following a news conference in London July 27, 2011. (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth) #
Liubou Charkashyna, a member of Belarusian national rhythmic gymnastics team, attends a training session in Minsk, on February 21, 2012. Charkashyna and her other teammates will take part in the 2012 London Olympic Games. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko) #
Mongolia's Olympic freestyle 60kg wrestler Mandakhnaran Ganzorig limbers up at a wrestling gym in Ulan Bator, on October 27, 2011. While the elite of the sporting world tune up for the London Olympics in world class facilities, other gold medal hopefuls are forced to make do with less wholesome surroundings. In Mongolia, Asian champion Ganzorig trains alongside children playing basketball in an old, tired gym with paint peeling from the walls. Children play on ancient free weight machines, climb ropes and roll around on the floor mimicking their wrestling hero as he warms up for his training session in the corner. (Reuters/Kieran Doherty) #
Royal Marines perform an exercise for the media on the River Thames in London, on January 19, 2012. Members of the Metropolitan Police Marine Policing Unit (MPU) have been training with Royal Marines from 539 Assault Squadron (539 ASRM) in preparation for providing security during the London 2012 Olympic Games. (Reuters/Finbarr O'Reilly) #
Britain's diving world champion Tom Daley stands on the new 5-meter diving platform with the 10-meter behind him inside the nearly completed London 2012 Aquatics center in London, on December 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Andy Hooper, ODA) #
The training pool at the nearly complete Aquatics Center is filled with water to test it as construction continues at the Olympic Park in east London, on April 1, 2010. (AP Photo/ODA, Anthony David Poultney) #
A close detail of the exterior panels of the London Aquatics Center on February 23, 2012 in London. (Clive Rose/Getty Images) #
The 2012 Olympic mascot Wenlock (left) and Paralympic mascot Mandeville pose for photographers in the playground at St. Paul's primary school in London, on May 19, 2010. (Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett) #
Backdropped by the velodrome Brooke Crain of the United States jumps during the women warms-up before the start of the BMX Supercross World Cup at the Olympic Park's BMX Track in London, on August 20, 2011. The course will host the London 2012 Olympic BMX competition in 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) #
Brazilian gymnast Jade Barbosa reacts during her training session in Rio de Janeiro, on February 24, 2012. Barbosa will be taking part in the 2012 London Olympics. (Reuters/Sergio Moraes) #
Builders work on lowering the final piece to get the London 2012 ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture completed at the Olympic Park, on October 28, 2011. The completed structure will be a 115 meter (377 ft) high observation tower, Britain's largest piece of public art. (Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images) #
A exterior view of the London 2012 Olympic Aquatics Center on February 20, 2012. (Clive Rose/Getty Images) #
A man films a canoeist paddling down the whitewater course at the Lee Valley White Water Center in north London, on January 29, 2012. The whitewater course will host the London 2012 Olympic canoe slalom competitions. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) #
British triathlete and Olympic hopeful Vanessa Raw poses in the altitude tent she sleeps in at home in Kingston-upon-Thames, London, on February 16, 2012. The altitude tent simulates high altitudes by maintaining low oxygen concentrations while the athlete sleeps. (Reuters/Olivia Harris) #
Members of the Danish track cycling team train for the World Cup track cycling meeting at the London 2012 Olympic Velodrome, on February 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) #
Kristin Walker of the United States of America rides in the Women's Sprint Qualifying during the UCI Track Cycling World Cup - LOCOG Test Event for London 2012 at the Olympic Velodrome, on February 18, 2012. (Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) #
Analysts work in the newly-opened anti-doping laboratory which will test athletes' samples from the London 2012 Games in Harlow, England, on January 19, 2012. The facility, which will be provided by GSK and operated by King's College London, will test over 6,250 samples throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Over 150 anti-doping scientists will work in the laboratory, 24 hours a day. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images) #
An operator works at the Surface Transport Traffic Control Center (STTOC), in London Wednesday, October 19, 2011. The STTOC will be the Transport Coordination Center during Olympics Games. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel) #
A Joint Ground Base Air Defence unit at RAF Waddington in Lincoln, England, on February 29, 2012. Pilots from the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy took part in an Olympic 2012 air security training exercise codenamed 'Taurus Mountain 2', involving more than 13,000 servicemen and women, testing air defenses and air missile systems prior to the 2012 London Olympic Games. (Bethany Clarke/Getty Images) #
A plane flies over the Olympic Basketball Arena during the London International Basketball Invitational, on August 16, 2011. The Basketball Arena will host Basketball, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby and the final stages of the Handball competition for London 2012 Olympic Games. (Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett) #
Denise Johns of Britain's beach volleyball team dives for the ball during a media event with teammate Lucy Bolton the day before the FIVB Beach Volleyball test event for the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade in London, on August 8, 2011. (Reuters/Luke MacGregor) #
Alexy Cheremisinov of Russia and Jamie Kenber of Great Britain compete in the Men's Foil Team Final at the Fencing Invitational, part of the "London Prepares" series at ExCel in London, on November 27, 2011. (Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images) #
The semi-final match between China and the U.S. in the London International Goalball Tournament at the Olympic Park in London, on December 4, 2011. (Reuters/Eddie Keogh) #
The U.S. (left) and Denmark team compete in the heats of the Junior Women's Quadruple Sculls during the World Rowing Junior Championships at Dorney Lake, west of London August 3, 2011. This event was one of the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) test events for the London 2012 Olympic Games. (Reuters/Eddie Keogh) #
Smoke rises from chimneys on houses in the center of the village of Castle Combe that was recently featured in Steven Spielberg's latest film, the wartime drama, War Horse, near Chippenham, England, on January 10, 2012. Tourism chiefs are hoping that places like the Wiltshire villages of Castle Combe and Lacock, which have both been extensively used in recent television and film productions, will also prove a big attraction for tourists visiting the UK during the London 2012 Olympics. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images) #
Maddie Ito from onefinestay letting agency poses in the living room of an apartment in the financial district of London, on February 3, 2012. Harriet Howse is one of many Londoners looking to make a profit out of their property during this summer's Olympics, leaving the city and their homes to strangers to avoid the anticipated mayhem of an overcrowded capital. One property website's survey says an estimated one-in-three Londoners are considering packing their bags and moving in with family and friends or heading abroad when 11 million sports fans, media and corporate clients descend on the capital for the world's biggest sporting extravaganza. (Reuters/Paul Hackett) #
Uly poses for a photograph on her narrow boat on the Hertford Union Canal close to the the London 2012 Olympics Games site in east London, on January 31, 2012. Boat owners accustomed to freely navigating London's narrow canals will have to pay to moor near Olympic sites during the 2012 Games, fueling fears by some that they are being pushed out by unprecedented security measures. (Reuters/Paul Hackett) #
Nick Beighton prepares for an adaptive rowing training session on the Redgrave-Pinsent Lake, ahead of the London 2012 Paralympics in Caversham, England, on February 29, 2012. (Phil Cole/Getty Images) #
Competitors ride in the London-Surrey Cycle Classic road race, a test event for the London 2012 Olympic Games, on August 14, 2011. (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth) #
Police, fire and ambulance crews participate in a drill in the event of a bomb attack during the Olympic games, at a disused underground station in London, on February 22, 2012. (Reuters/Luke MacGregor) #
An aerial view of the North Greenwich Arena (also known as the O2, formerly the Millennium Dome) looking north toward the Olympic Park, on December 5, 2011. (AP Photo/London 2012, Anthony Charlton) #
Britain's Bryony Shaw competes in the RS:X Women's Windsurfer class during the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy in southern England, on August 5, 2011. This event is one of the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games' test events for the London 2012 Olympic Games. (Reuters/Eddie Keogh) #
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson from Wales, one Great Britain's most successful disabled athletes, poses with the torch which will be used for the 2012 Paralympic Games in Green Park, London, on February 29, 2012. (Reuters/Andrew Winning) #
Rohullah Nikpai (left) trains inside a taekwondo club in Kabul, Afghanistan, on February 15, 2012. Nikpai will be heading to the 2012 London Summer Olympics. (Reuters/Omar Sobhani) #
Preliminary group matches of the ITTF Pro Tour Table Tennis Grand Finals, used as the test event for the Olympic table tennis venue at the Excel center in east London, on November 24, 2011. (Reuters/Eddie Keogh) #
An aerial photograph of the Olympic Village, foreground, with the Basketball Arena, center, and Velodrome, rear, taken on February 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Anthony Charlton) #
The London 2012 Olympic Games Aquatics Center and Olympic Stadium, at the Olympic Park in London, on December 5, 2011. (Reuters/LOCOG) #
An interior view of the London 2012 Olympic stadium, on March 29, 2011, after the last piece of turf had been laid, symbolizing the completion of building work on the 80,000-seat flagship venue for the 2012 London Games. (AP Photo/Tom Hevezi) #
Current British long jump champion J.J. Jegede performs an exhibition jump over three Mini cars, not pictured, backdropped by the 30 St Mary Axe building nicknamed "the Gherkin", in London, on September 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) #

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