The Games of the XXX Olympiad-the 2012 Summer Olympic games-are being held in London, England. From the July 27th Opening Ceremony to the August 12th Closing Ceremony, athletes from 197 countries around the world will compete in 26 different sports representing their home countries. This is a time when country residents stand together to support their favorite athletes in the search for gold. As USA swimmer Ryan Lochte said: "It's time to show the world who is best."
The International Olympic Committee organizes the modern Olympic Games, held in the summer and winter, alternating every two years (with a few exceptions) since 1896. Many cities compete for the honor of hosting the next Olympic Games. London, hosting the Olympics for the third time, is carefully preparing to show the world their take on this international tradition.
The featured titles included here focus on the 2012 London Olympics, the many popular sports that athletes will be competing in, the history of the Olympic Games, and other related topics, such as the business of sports.
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The 2012 London Olympics
A part of "The Olympics" series, this fact-filled volume introduces the young reader to London's preparations to host the Olympic Games in 2012. London is the first city to be chosen as host three times. The book begins with the successful bid and the journey of the Olympic Torch as it travels from Beijing to London. The new Olympic venues are highlighted as well as some of the athletes expected to participate, such as well-known tennis star Rafael Nadal. More than 4,000 athletes are expected to participate in the Paralympics which will begin soon after the Olympic Games. All venues will be wheelchair accessible to accommodate the Paralympians. A list of Olympic venues and a map of London showing their locations is included. Brightly colored fact boxes and color photographs along with charts and maps give a brief view of the Olympics through the years. Words appearing in bold print are defined in the glossary. A list of books and websites for further information and an index are included. 2012, The Heinemann Library/Capstone Global Library, Ages 8 to 12, $29.00. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson (Children's Literature).