The main venues – the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre, Velodrome and BMX Circuit, as well as the hockey, handball and basketball arenas – were easily accessible through a network of footbridges and walkways within the Park.
The Olympic Village was within walking distance of all the venues in the Park, enhancing the experience for athletes and officials.
For these Games, the figure of victory is accompanied by the specific inscription: “XXX Olympiad London 2012”.
On the obverse, the traditional goddess of victory flies into the Panathinaikos stadium bringing victory to the best athlete.
The London 2012 Games were centred around the Olympic Park in east London, which is the site of a number of new sports venues.
Up to 180,000 spectators a day entered the Park to enjoy the Games, making it the principal focus of Olympic activity.
The Olympic Games, which originated in ancient Greece as many as 3,000 years ago, were revived in the late 19th century and have become the world’s preeminent sporting competition. Since 1994, the Summer and Winter Olympic Games have been held separately and have alternated every two years.
The first modern Olympics took place in 1896 in Athens, and featured 280 participants from 13 nations, competing in 43 events.