Preparations for the London 2012 Olympics (45 photos)

Two months later, the Olympic flame will begin its two-month journey from Land's End - the westernmost point of mainland England, in London, in the new Olympic Stadium. The opening ceremony of the games July 27 will mark the end of the almost 10-year preparation process - from the moment that London has applied to host the Olympics in 2003 to direct the games themselves. Since the choice of venue for the city Summer Olympic Games in 2012, the government and enterprises to actively began to build new facilities and upgrade old ones, to conduct exercises on safety, organizing groups of volunteers and conducting test events to ensure that everything works as it should. Athletes around the world are also preparing for this moment. Collected here are photos associated with the preparation of the Summer Olympic Games 2012 in London.

1. Olympic rings on a barge beneath Tower Bridge during a promotional event in the run-up to the Olympic Games in London. (Reuters / Andrew Winning)

2. 70 000 volunteers are involved in training in the arena "Wembley" in London. (Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images)

3. Aerial view of the construction site of the Olympic Stadium. Picture taken November 12, 2008. (AP Photo / Anthony Charlton, ODA)

4. The same stadium April 15, 2009. (AP Photo / Anthony Charlton / ODA)

5. December 5, 2011 the stadium was almost finished. (Reuters / LOCOG)

6. As of March 5, 2012 Olympic Stadium and Tower "Orbit" are ready to take the athletes. (Reuters / Toby Melville)

7. Triple gold medalist Jonathan Edwards of Velikobirtanii posing with a gold medal, made for the upcoming Olympics. (Reuters / Stefan Wermuth)

8. Love Charkashyna of Belarusian national gymnastics team training in Minsk before the upcoming Olympics. (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)

9. Mongolian Olympic wrestler in 60 kg category Mandahnaran Ganzorig trains in the gym in Ulaanbaatar. While the elite sports world of luxury trains in the gym with the necessary equipment, the other contenders for the medals to be content with the worst conditions. In Mongolia, the Asian champion Ganzorig trains in the same gym with the kids, play basketball, where the paint peels off the walls. Children laugh wrestling hero as he warms up in the corner. (Reuters / Kieran Doherty)

10. Royal Army in the demonstration exercise on the River Thames in London. (Reuters / Finbarr O'Reilly)

11. The world champion in ski jumping Tom Daley of Britain stands on a 5-meter springboard at the center of the almost completed for water sports in London. (AP Photo / Andy Hooper, ODA)

12. Training in the pool almost completed «Aquatics Center» is filled with water for testing. (AP Photo / ODA, Anthony David Poultney)

13. Detail of the exterior panels of the London Aquatics Centre. (Clive Rose / Getty Images)

14. The Olympic mascot Wenlock (left) and the Paralympic mascot Mandeville playground primary school of St Paul's in London. (Reuters / Suzanne Plunkett)

15. Brooke Crain from the US jumps during the warm-up before the start of the World Cup BMX Supercross in London. Here you will pass the Olympic competition in BMX. (AP Photo / Sang Tan)

16. Brazilian gymnast Jade Barbosa in training in Rio de Janeiro on the eve of the 2012 Olympics in London. (Reuters / Sergio Moraes)

17. The lower the latter part of the sculpture «ArcelorMittal Orbit» in the Olympic Park in London. The finished building will be 115 meters high and will have an observation deck. (Dean Mouhtaropoulos / Getty Images)

18. The appearance of the Olympic Aquatics Centre in London. (Clive Rose / Getty Images)

19. Man shoots at camera athlete in a canoe in the water sports center «Lee Valley White Water Center» in north London. There will be held a competition in slalom canoeing. (AP Photo / Sang Tan)

20. The British triathlon athlete and hope the Olympics Vanessa Rowe in a tent with simulated high-altitude pressure at his home in Kingston-upon-Thames, London. This simulates the height of the tent, maintaining a low oxygen level athletes while she sleeps. (Reuters / Olivia Harris)

21. Members of the Danish team riders train before the World Cup at the London "velodrome". (AP Photo / Alastair Grant)

22. American Kristin Walker in the qualifying round at the World Championships of cycling - test events ahead of the Olympics in London. (Bryn Lennon / Getty Images)

23. Analysts in the new anti-doping laboratory, where the athletes will be tested for doping, in Harlow, England. The laboratory tested more than 6,250 samples during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Over 150 specialists in laboratory work 24 hours a day. (Oli Scarff / Getty Images)

24. The operator in the control center ground mode of transport in London. During the Olympics it will be the center of coordination of transport. (AP Photo / Elizabeth Dalziel)

25. The joint base ground defense in Lincoln, England. RAF pilots took part in the exercises on the eve of the Olympics. 13,000 military personnel, both men and women, are tested by air defense and air attack. (Bethany Clarke / Getty Images)

26. The plane of the Olympic basketball arena in London. There will be competitions in basketball, basketball on wheelchair rugby and wheelchair handball final stage. (Reuters / Suzanne Plunkett)

27. Dennis Jones from the team in beach volleyball UK trains with his colleague Lucy Bolton. (Reuters / Luke MacGregor)

28. The Russian Alexey Cheremisinov and Englishman Jamie Kenber in the finals of "invitation" fencing competition, which was held in preparation for the London Olympic Games in London. (Dean Mouhtaropoulos / Getty Images)

29. The semi-final between the teams of Goalball China and the United States. (Reuters / Eddie Keogh)

30. Team USA (left) and Denmark are involved in the competition for a pair fours among women in the Junior World Championships at Dorney Lake, west of London. (Reuters / Eddie Keogh)

31. Fantastic landscape in the village of Castle Combe, recently lit in Steven Spielberg's "War Horse", in England. Local authorities hope that these villages are very popular among tourists during the Olympic Games in London. (Matt Cardy / Getty Images)

32. Maddie Ito WSS living in a commercial area of ​​London. She is one of many Londoners who are looking to earn during the Olympics because of its real estate. Every third resident of London already collects things that at the time of the Olympic Games to move to another place, when 11 million sports fans will rush to the UK capital. (Reuters / Paul Hackett)

33. Uli in his narrow boat on the canal Hertford Yunen close to the Olympic site in east London. Boat owners are accustomed to float on London's canals, have to pay for something to moor at the venue of the Olympic Games. (Reuters / Paul Hackett)

34. Nick Beighton preparing for training in rowing on the lake-Redgrave Pinsent in Kaversheme. (Phil Cole / Getty Images)

35. Cyclists on the road to London, Surrey. (Reuters / Stefan Wermuth)

36. The police, fire and ambulance staff are involved in the exercise in the event of terrorist attacks in an unused subway station in London. (Reuters / Luke MacGregor)

37. Aerial view of the arena "North Greenwich" (also known as the O2). (AP Photo / London 2012, Anthony Charlton)

38. Briton Bryony Shaw at the International Regatta Sailing Academy in southern England. (Reuters / Eddie Keogh)

39. Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson of Wales, one of the most successful athletes with disabilities, poses with the Paralympic torch. (Reuters / Andrew Winning)

40. Rohullah Nikpai (left) is training in Taekwondo club in Kabul, Afghanistan. Nikpai will go to the Summer Olympics in London. (Reuters / Omar Sobhani)

41. Match the qualifying round of the Grand Final ITTF Pro Tour table tennis at the center «Excel». (Reuters / Eddie Keogh)

42. Aerial view of the Olympic derevnb (foreground), the basketball arena (in the center) and the Velodrome. (AP Photo / Anthony Charlton)

43. Aquatics Centre and the Olympic Stadium at the time of December 5, 2011. (Reuters / LOCOG)

44. Olympic Stadium in after laying the last part of the track, symbolizing the completion of construction of the main stadium of the Summer Olympics, which seats 80,000 people. (AP Photo / Tom Hevezi)

45. The current British champion in long jump JJ Jegede takes significant jump on the background of a skyscraper Mary Axe, nicknamed "Gherkin". (AP Photo / Matt Dunham)



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