The Games of the XXX Olympiad will be held in London from July 27 to Aug. 12. London was chosen over Moscow, New York, Madrid, and Paris to become the first city to have hosted the Games three times. Previous years were 1908 and 1948. Learn more about the Games and the athletes with this week’s Web picks.
Hello Kids: Olympic Games Coloring Pages
Hello Kids has a big selection of Olympic coloring pages, including some specific to the London Games. The coloring pages are divided into four categories: Mascots, Symbols, Ceremonies, and Sports. The 2012 mascots, Wenlock and Mandeville, are animations depicting two drops of steel from a factory in Bolton. Wenlock (named after the town of Much Wenlock) is the Olympic mascot and Mandeville (named after the Stoke Mandeville hospital) is the Paralympic mascot.
London 2012: Play Games
Play Games is the official London 2012 kids’ site. It include games, videos, a photo gallery, and animated introductions to all the Olympic sports. Be sure to visit Make Your Mascot, where you can dress up either Wenlock or Mandeville and save him/her in the Gallery for all to see. Saving a mascot requires registering with an e-mail address. Wenlock and Mandeville also have their own Facebook and Twitter accounts, where you can follow them and be kept informed of all the upcoming festivities.
The official London 2012 website offers schedules, results, news, photos, and features about athletes, countries, and sports. “Did you know? Synchronised Swimming began as a sport for men in the 1800s. It is now one of two disciplines on today’s Olympic programme to be contested only by women. The other is Rhythmic Gymnastics.” A link to the Paralympics site can be found in the footer.
NBC is the official Olympic television network. Visit its site for TV listings, and for live HD streaming (first time ever) of all 302 events. For tablet and smartphone viewing, there will be mobile apps to download, but these were not yet available at the time I visited the site. If you customize the site with your ZIP code, you’ll also get stories about athletes from your area and other local Olympic coverage.
Olympic.org: 2012 Summer Olympics
This official Olympic Committee site has details about the London Games as well as info about previous and upcoming Games. “The 2014 Olympic Winter Games will be the first time that the Russian Federation will have hosted the Winter Games; the Soviet Union hosted the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow. The host city Sochi has a population of 400,000 people and is situated in Krasnodar, which is the third largest region in Russia.”