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. Volume XIX Number 1. . . .September 7, 2012
Touted as a quick reference and a preview of the 30th Olympiad, to be held in London, England, in the summer of 2012, this book, a new title in "The Olympic Sports" series, briefly examines the various venues- some of them newly constructed- at which the events will take place. Each of the venues is discussed in terms of its method of construction, design, materials, dimensions, capacity, future use, and the length of time it took to build. Special features, such as the building's environmentally friendly elements, are also mentioned. One interesting fact is that for the first time in Olympic history, field hockey and Paralympic soccer will be played on a blue surface instead of the traditional green.
Competition will take place in London and its surrounding areas. The newly constructed Olympic Park will contain many sporting venues and will house all of the athletes, while the ExCel Centre will stage more events than any other venue. Hyde Park will be the scene of the triathlon, and Hampton House Palace, former home of King Henry VIII, will be the site of road cycling time trials. Other venues include the Olympic Stadium (opening and closing ceremonies and track and field events), the Aquatic Centre (swimming, diving and synchronized swimming), the Copper Box (handball), the Riverbank Arena (field hockey and Paralympic soccer), the Velopark (track cycling), Greenwich Park (equestrian events), North Greenwich Arena (gymnastics), Wimbledon (tennis), and Wembley Stadium (soccer finals).
Recommended with reservations.
Gail Hamilton is a former teacher-librarian in Winnipeg, MB.
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