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)


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