Games of the XXX Olympiad
In 2012 London became the first city to host the Olympic Games three times, following 1908 and 1948.
A 2.5 km tract of previously industrial land in East London was transformed into the Olympic Park which featured eight competition venues as well as the Olympic Village which was the home for 17,000 athletes and team officials. The park also included a wildlife habitat, public space and riverside gardens, markets and cafes. Along with the new venues, historic sites such as Horse Guards Parade, Greenwich Park and Royal Artillery Barracks welcomed Olympic events. The most notable change to the Olympic program was the official inclusion of women’s boxing for the first time. Boxing had been the last all-male sport at the Games.
Among the record-setting moments at the Games, Canadian equestrian Ian Millar competed at his 10th Olympic Games, the most by any athlete. American swimmer Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian of all-time, leaving the Games with a career total of 22 medals, including 18 gold. Diver Émilie Heymans became the first Canadian athlete to win a medal in four straight summer Games with her bronze medal in the 3m synchro event alongside Jennifer Abel. For the second straight summer Games, Canada won 18 medals, but only one of them was gold thanks to Rosie MacLennan in women’s trampoline.
Twenty years after his Olympic triumph in the 100m backstroke, swimmer Mark Tewksbury served as the Chef de Mission of the Canadian Olympic Team. Triathlete Simon Whitfield, a two-time Olympic medallist, was given the honour of carrying the Canadian flag at the Opening Ceremony. Soccer captain Christine Sinclair carried the maple leaf at the Closing Ceremony after the squad won bronze to become the first Canadian team to win a medal in a traditional team summer sport at the Olympic Games.
Olympic Oath (athletes): Sarah Stevenson (taekwondo)
Olympic Oath (officials): Mik Basi (boxing)
Olympic Oath (coaches): Eric Farrell (canoe/kayak)
Lighting Olympic Cauldron: Callum Airlie, Jordan Duckitt, Desiree Henry, Katie Kirk, Cameron MacRitchie, Aidan Reynolds, Adelle Tracey
Official Opening: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II