London 2012 - One year to go

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London 2012 - One year to go

Post by XDKiNgKoNgXD on Thu Jul 28, 2011 6:08 am

London 2012 - One year to go: How London is looking

London 2012 has declared the Olympic aquatic centre open for business - the last of the six permanent Olympic Park venues to finish construction.

As organisers gear up to celebrate one year to go until the start of the Games, Tom Daley will make the first dive into the pool later this evening, after flying back from the ongoing World Championships in Shanghai especially for the moment.

"Marking the one year to go by diving in the aquatics centre is an incredible honour," said Daley.

"Only a few years ago, this was a distant dream. The fact that I qualified at the weekend and am taking the first dive is a complete privilege.

"I can't wait for next year and the honour of representing Team GB."

The aquatic centre was originally designed to be one of the iconic landmarks of the Games but the addition of two unsightly temporary stands - in a measure designed to ensure a better legacy for the venue - means Zaha Hadid's wave design is no longer so easy on the eye.

The Olympic Delivery Authority might boast that the building is ready on time but it has run hugely over budget - its final cost of £232m three times over the original estimate.

“With construction now complete on the aquatics centre, we are another step closer to the spectacular Olympic Park which will be host to world class sport in 2012," said London 2012 chairman Seb Coe.

"And after the Games, the venue will become a much-needed swimming facility for London with community use at its heart, epitomising the spirit of London’s bid – a Games which would bring lasting change and encourage people to choose sport.

"Everyone involved can be very proud of this venue and the progress of the Olympic Park as a whole."

Construction on the aquatic centre started three years ago, with over 3,600 workers and 370 UK businesses contributing to the project.

Next year's British Gas National Championships, the Olympic trials meeting, will be the official swimming test event at the venue while Daley and his team-mates will compete in the FINA World Diving Cup at the facility in February.

"The aquatics centre will be a fantastic gateway to the Games in 2012 and a much-needed new community and elite sporting venue for the capital afterwards," said ODA chairman John Armitt.

"Five years ago, in July 2006, we published a delivery timetable which set out the ambitious target to complete the main venues a year before the Games.

"Today, with the completion of the sixth main permanent venue, I am proud to say that we have delivered on that commitment."

The 2012 Games will use a mixture of newly-built, existing and temporary venues - take a look at some of them below:

Olympic Zone:

Aquatics Centre (Diving, Modern pentathlon (swimming), Swimming, Synchronized swimming - capacity: 17,500)

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