THE venue for the swimming competition at the 2012 Olympics, the London Aquatics Centre, is a marvel of construction. From its revolutionary wave-style roof to the 10-foot deep pool, the British have created a facility that has raised the bar for future Olympic venues.
In this special five-part series, we will look back at the 22 venues created for swimming at the Olympics, the history behind their creation and what happened to the venues after the last splash.
Olympic Day was introduced in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games on 23 June 1894 at the Sorbonne in Paris. The goal was to promote participation in sport across the globe regardless of age, gender or athletic ability.
The Olympic flag – one of the most recognisable symbols of the Olympic Games – is celebrating its centenary this year. The flag was created for the Olympic Jubilee Congress in 1914 in Paris in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Olympic Movement.