Olympic Preparations for London 2012

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.

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