The countdown for the sports event of the year has begun: London will be welcoming top sportsmen and women from around the globe to join in the XXX Olympiad which starts on 27 July 2012. The Olympic Flame of the 2012 Summer Games will continue to burn at the British capital’s Olympic Stadium until 12 August. London is the first city ever to host the Olympic Games for a total of three times: 1908, 1948 and now 2012. More than 10,000 athletes will be competing in 26 disciplines and 302 events for the best achievements.
The German Olympic Sports Federation (DOSB) has nominated a total of 391 German athletes to enter the contest in London for gold, silver and bronze under the slogan “We for Germany”. It is the smallest German team for more than 20 years. The reason is that only the two hockey teams and the men’s volleyball team qualified for the team events. Nevertheless, there are still numerous German candidates for medals. They include swimmer Britta Steffen, fencer Britta Heidemann (photograph), weightlifter Matthias Steiner and 20 other gold medallists who were already members of the German team in Beijing four years ago. “The Olympic fever is rising. I’m convinced that our Olympic team will give their fans some real excitement. In Germany alone, 70,000 tickets have been sold. We’re looking forward to a brilliant atmosphere in London,” said DOSB-President Thomas Bach, who was Olympic champion in fencing at the 1976 games in Montreal.
During the London Olympics fans of German sport will be rooting not only in the competition venues but also at the Museum of London Docklands, where the German House resides. From 26 July until 11 August, the ‘Embassy of German Sport’ will be offering its guests from around the world the chance to experience the enthusiasm and hospitality of Germany as a sports country in the heart of the Olympics host city. The organizers are expecting around 1,500 German and international visitors each day to gather and watch the events on screens whilst enjoying typical German specialities – and having the chance to meet German medal winners.
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