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Have the London 2012 Olympics Been a Success so Far?

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Published August 6th 2012
In 2005, London won the bid to hold the 2012 Olympics. Now we are into the second week of the Olympic events, do you think London has held a successful Olympics so far?

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Tower Bridge and the Olympic Rings.

Local Businesses

Firstly, the Olympic Park was built in London's urban area, Stratford, in order to help failing businesses and a struggling area. The news of the Olympic Park being built in Stratford therefore gave local businesses a great chance to strive during these times. However, tourists visiting the Olympic Park have been herded like sheep towards the park resulting in them being cornered off from shops which rely on their business. Businesses have therefore been forced to display signs urging tourists to take shortcuts towards the shops around the pathways in order for tourists to go and visit.

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A Sign Directing Tourists Towards Shops.

The Opening Ceremony

On a more positive note the opening ceremony, which was watched by millions of people around the world, was an enormous success. The ceremony showed the history of Britain and how it has developed along with a lot of famous faces and even the Queen jumping out of a helicopter with James Bond. There has hardly been any negative views on Danny Boyle's work on the opening ceremony.

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Proud to be British.

The Buildings

The buildings in the Olympic Park are very impressive, but many people feel that they are not as impressive as Beijing's buildings in the 2008 Olympics. The Orbit for example is Britain's largest piece of art and is definitely worth the £15 ticket to see the whole of the Olympic Park and the rest of the city from the very top. The buildings are also sustainable as the Olympic stadium is hopefully going to be transformed into a football stadium whilst the Olympic village will be turned into flats for the public in the future.

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The Orbit.

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The Olympic Stadium.


Team GB are performing well and are said to be the best team yet, inspiring the young to take up sports and become more athletic. However, the hype of London 2012 has made everyone want to visit London and experience it. Even though the BBC coverage of the Olympics has been fantastic; the public want to be at the Olympic Park and experience the atmosphere for themselves.

Tickets were given out in a lottery style bid to the public, resulting in whoever was lucky enough to get tickets. The first few days of the games however had a large number of empty seats, outraging the British public who were told there were no more seats available. Prices had not been reduced for seats costing £200-£1000 each, resulting in empty rows of seats at many of the events. These empty seats eventually were filled with soldiers and school children.

London has however provided the public who were not lucky enough to get tickets with a chance to watch the Olympics live at a BT London Live event in both Hyde and Victoria Park for free. These events give the public a chance to have a taste of the atmosphere whilst watching the events on a large screen. Here you can try out sports for free such as fencing, volleyball and even sumo wrestling. There is even a chance to see a few famous faces at the live staging area. Entry is free however there is a limited capacity. Food and drink is not permitted into the park which can however make the day quite expensive.

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A Busy Day at BT London Live Victoria Park.

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The Live Stage.

Try Fencing for Free.

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Sumo Wrestling.

Overall the London 2012 Olympics has so far been a success, inspiring young people and making the British public proud to be British. However, many businesses have lost out because of something they thought would make their businesses strive. Tickets which had not been sold also should have been reduced in price so that more people could enjoy the Olympic events taking place in their city.

Please let us know whether you feel the London 2012 Olympics has been a success by leaving a comment in the comment box below.
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It has seemed to have brought the nation together, with open air events for those who have been unlucky to obtain tickets to the proper events and watched the events on big screens. With the great medal tally at the moment it should continue to go from strentgh to strength!
by dboll (score: 0|2) 3581 days ago
This is a great piece. I have found this to be the most spectacular Olympics I have ever seen! I agree with your point about being herded like sheep, I have an American friend and when they attended the games they said there was really no choice where to go, either to the Olympic park or back on the train.
by Nick Squires (score: 0|2) 3580 days ago
Having just had a great few days going to a couple of Olympic events I would certainly say its a success. Ive watched a lot on the tv as well but actually being at the Olympic Park was special. It will be intresting to go back to the area in a couple of years to see what affect it has had. Hopefully all for the good.
by jcpor (score: 0|2) 3578 days ago
The London Olympics have been a great success, but largely for the rich developed countries of the world. Ireland (1 gold, 1 silver, two bronze) has a higher medals tally than India (1 silver and 4 bronze). Population of Ireland 4.7 million, population of India 1.22 billion. I guess if you donít even have electricity, never mind a television set, itís hard to get too excited about the games!
by info (score: 0|3) 3576 days ago

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