NEW ZEALAND AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES

New Zealand first participated at the Olympic Games in 1908 in London, and has sent athletes to compete in every Summer Olympic Games since then. For their first two Games in 1908 and 1912, New Zealand competed with Australia in a combined Australasia team. New Zealand first sent an independent team in 1920.

New Zealand athletes have won a total of 89 medals at the Summer Games and 1 medal at the Winter Olympic Games, totalling 90 medals. The most successful sport is athletics.

Being located in the remote South Pacific, New Zealanders needed to endure long sea voyages to attend the early Olympic Games. It wasn’t until the VII Olympiad in 1920 that New Zealand sent its first team, comprising two runners, a rower, and a 15-year-old girl swimmer. Prior to that however, three New Zealanders had won medals competing for Australasian teams in 1908 and 1912. Since the advent of international jet air travel in the 1950s, and the greater number of Olympic sports, the size of New Zealand Olympic teams has increased substantially.

New Zealand has recently celebrated 100 years of Olympic History and has over 1123 Olympians.

New Zealand will send one of its biggest teams ever to the London 2012 Olympic Games - some 300 athletes, coaches and managers representing 16 sports. 

OLYMPIC VENUES

The 2012 Olympic Games will use a mixture of new venues, existing and historic facilities, and temporary facilities, some of them in well-known locations such as Hyde Park and Horse Guards Parade. Some of the new facilities will be reused in their Olympic form, while others will be reduced in size or relocated elsewhere in the UK. The plans are part of the regeneration of Stratford in east London which will be the site of the Olympic Park, and of the neighbouring Lower Lea Valley.

Wembley Stadium, the most expensive stadium ever built at the time will be a venue for football.

The majority of venues have been divided into three zones within Greater London: the Olympic Zone, the River Zone and the Central Zone. In addition to these are those venues that, by necessity, are outside the boundaries of Greater London, such as the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy on the Isle of Portland in Dorset which will host the sailing events, some 200 km southwest of the Olympic Park.

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ABOUT THE LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC SUMMER GAMES

LONDON - THERE'S NOWHERE IN THE WORLD QUITE LIKE LONDON.

London is the capital of England and the United Kingdom, the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom. London is a vibrant, multicultural, 24-hour city. Guide your way through the stimulating blends of old and new, the buzz of the city and the tranquillity of its many open spaces make London unique for both tourists and locals alike. Over 300 languages are spoken in London, contributing to the city's own fascinating culture and making it a fantastic place to travel to and experience culture from all over the world.

Bus, train, tube, you name it, London has it - public transport in London is the cheapest and most environmentally friendly way to get around to see all the attractions including the Olympic venues.

London's ever-changing and diverse culture scene means there is always something new to see or do in London. And at the same time, the city retains its fantastic historical features, such as the Royal Botanic Gardens, Tower of London, Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey as well as many other attractions.

London hosted the Olympic Games in 1908 and 1948. Each time, they left their mark on the Olympic Movement with their innovative approach.

LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC SUMMER GAMES

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXX Olympiad, are scheduled to take place in London, United Kingdom, from 27 July to 12 August 2012. London will become the first city to officially host the modern Olympic Games three times, having previously done so in 1908 and in 1948.

London will host a Games like never before in 2012, drawing on the country’s proud Olympic heritage.

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