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SBD Global/July 24, 2012/Olympics
Gold-Medal Winning Cyclist Chris Hoy Is Team GB's Flag Bearer
Published July 24, 2012
TIMING IS KEY: In London, O'Connor reported that British Olympic chiefs "have accused the London Games organisers" of putting showbiz before sport, complaining that the £27M ($42M) Opening Ceremony will start too late. Team GB is not due to enter the Olympic stadium until 11:30pm GMT on Friday as the last of the 203 competing nations. Assuming that the Opening Ceremony "keeps to its schedule" -- and there are fears of overruns even after recent cuts -- British athletes are unlikely to be tucked up in bed before 1am GMT. BOA Chair Colin Moynihan said that he "argued vainly with" LOCOG for the show "to start two hours earlier" (LONDON TIMES, 7/23).
KEEP IT DOWN: EUROSPORT reported that rehearsals for Boyle's £30M ($46M) "showpiece opening -- titled Isles of Wonder -- are continuing throughout this week." Some athletes trying to sleep in the nearby Olympic village have complained about the noise of helicopters hovering over the stadium as producers tested aerial broadcast shots. In addition, every night the stadium glows a different color and loud music can be heard across the site, with a full dress rehearsal, attended by volunteers, scheduled for later in the week (EUROSPORT, 7/23).
BUILD ME UP: In London, Saj Chowdhury reported that almost two thirds of Team GB athletes believe "facilities for Olympic sports in the U.K. have improved as a result of London 2012." Of the 273 athletes interviewed in a BBC Sport website survey, 163 (59.7%) were adamant it had had a positive impact on facilities. Eighty-five percent also said that "interest in their sports would grow beyond 2012" (BBC, 7/23).