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London Olympic Games bring cheers and controversy

12-31-2012 00:14 BJT Special Report: 2012 London Olympic Games |

Moving on to the other big story from London- the Olympics. CCTV anchor Wang Dong was on site covering world’s biggest sporting event. Hi, Wang Dong, why do you think the London Olympics should make its way to our top list of news events this year?

After 64 years, the Olympics returned to London, making this city the only one to host the games three times. Though the London Organizing Committee took a lot of criticism over the preparations, I think the sights and venues made London 2012 a landmark Olympics.

The Chinese team came in second in the medal tally, capturing 88 medals, 38 of them gold.

But one gold medal victory from the thrilling first week ignited debate, speculation and accusations all around the world.

16-year-old Ye Shiwen made headlines winning the 400 meter individual medley. She beat the world record by more than a full second. Her last 50 meters outpaced even the men’s champion’s time in the same event. But before Ye could celebrate, an American coach questioned whether her skills were all natural. Ye withstood the pressure and proved it was no fluke. She also won the women’s 200-meter individual medley and set a new Olympic record.

Also memorable are the friendly volunteers.

The 70, 000 Olympic volunteers, also known as Games Makers, contributed 8 million hours of voluntary work behind the scenes that were key to the Games’ success.

Worldwide, more than 240, 000 people applied. 86, 000 were interviewed before final selection.

With a total 8.8 million tickets for sale, 10, 490 athletes and 5, 770 team officials to watch, the Games Makers had their hands full with roles from welcome desk staff to ticket checkers to drivers and event stewards.

They are the unsung, and unpaid, heroes and heroines who helped others take home priceless memories.

 

Editor:James |Source: CCTV.com

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