London Olympics fast approaching

Jimmy Skaaland, Staff Writer

 The London Summer Olympics are less than 100 days away and unlike most cities who spend the last 100 days before the games scrambling to ensure all loose ends are tied so they won’t be embarrassed on the largest stage in the world, London has announced itself ready for the games.  “It is thanks to some remarkable people and their work ethic. The last time I saw that kind of focus was the group I had around me in my athletics career,” said Lord Sebastian Coe, two-time Olympic 1500-meters gold medalist and chief of London’s organizing committee.   It was announced that London was awarded this summer’s games back in 2005 and the work to prepare has not stopped since.

            Many people felt bad for London after seeing the unforgettable opening ceremonies at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, it made others like the French relieved that they had not won the bid for 2012 and had to follow such an act.  Instead of trying to compete against the Beijing Olympics, organizers decided it best to simply display the character of the country, just like last summer’s Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton did.  Unlike Beijing’s enormous projects erected for the Olympics, the Birds Nest and The Cube, London is using many of the resources it already has.  This includes the All England Club, home to the Wimbledon championships for tennis,  the Lord’s Cricket Ground to host archery,  and the Horse Guards Parade to host beach volleyball.

            This Summer Olympics has not been organized cheaply, such as the last time it was in London in 1948, but will not have the awe of Beijing.   This venue may not be one you’ll always remember but the athletes set to perform might be.  Such stars as the United State’s Michael Phelps will be tearing up the pools just as Jamaica’s Usain Bolt setting the tracks ablaze.  Bolt, at 25, has said “This is the last chapter of my career as an athlete and I’m just hoping it goes the way I want. I’m trying to work as hard as I can to make sure it does.”   He’s announced publicly that he aims at running 9.4 seconds for the 100m and 19 seconds for the 200m, both of which the world would love to see.  “There is honestly nothing I would like more then to see Bolt set a new world record this summer” said senior track star Jack Geier.