Daily VideoJuly 30, 2012
Britain Rings in the 2012 Olympic Games
On the morning of Friday, July 27th, people across the UK awoke to the sounds of bells ringing in the 2012 Olympic Games. After much fanfare about whether London was ready to host the world’s largest sporting event, the Summer Olympics kicked off to a grand start on Friday, with the Olympic torch being carried through London in the hands of former British Olympic athletes.
First Lady Michelle Obama was in town to give a pep talk to team USA, and to encourage kids to participate in sports as part of a healthy lifestyle.
However, First Lady Obama was not the only leader in London for the ceremonies. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II welcomed heads of state from around the world to the U.K., and hailed the unity of the international crowd as “the most important part of the Olympic ideal.”
However, while challenges remain for the Olympic organizers in the weeks ahead, London and the world are ready for the games to begin.
“There’s a huge amount to get right. And there are always going to be one or two teething problems. But I’m very confident that we’re ready.” – Jeremy Hunt, British culture secretary.
“To me, this spirit of togetherness is the most important part of the Olympic ideal. And the British people can be proud of the part they have played in keeping the spirit alive.” – Queen Elizabeth II, United Kingdom.
Warm Up Questions
1. What do you know about the Olympics and their history?
2. What happens at an Olympic opening ceremony?
1. What is the significance of the Olympic torch?
2. In what way do Olympic opening ceremonies reflect the host country? Think about London and any other Olympic opening ceremonies you may have seen.
3. What challenges might Olympic organizers face when hosting the games in a large and busy city like London?
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