2012 Summer Olympics Thursday, May 17, 2012 By David Samano
The Olympics are highly anticipated by sports fans around the world. The Olympics occur every 2 years and alternate between winter and summer Olympics. This years 2012 summer Olympics will include events such as track and field, water polo, volleyball, field hockey, swimming, archery, biking, basketball, weightlifting, gymnastics, as well as many other events. London has made many preparations for the upcoming Olympics including the building of new stadiums, changes to security, and preparation for heavy tourism. London has constructed a new stadium referred to as “Olympic Stadium” which will be the centerpiece of the 2012 London Olympics. England has made countless changes to the security surrounding London and the borders of the country. They have “tripled” security in airports and put SAM’s (surface to air missiles) on the roofs of many public buildings. They have also flown in bomb sniffing dogs from around the world to assist in anti-terrorism efforts. All stadiums and places where events are being held will also have “airport” like security. England is mobilizing an army containing upwards of 35,000 men and women which is more than they currently have deployed anywhere in the world. The US will assist with security by sending 55 of their best anti-terrorism FBI agents to patrol the area. England is parking aircraft carries and battleships near all ports to defend from aerial assaults. On another note, London has ordered more busses to increase their amount of public transportation in order to reduce traffic. American athletes have been training their whole lives for the Olympics and for months on end. In particular, all eyes will be on Michael Phelps (swimming), Tyson Gay (track), Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh (volleyball), Sean Johnson and Nastia Liukin (Gymnastics), Bernard Lagat (track), the entire US Olympic basketball team. Michael Phelps is going to try and break his own record of most gold medals in the Olympics which is currently set at eight. Tyson Gay is competing against Usain “Lighting” Bolt as the fastest man in the world. Treanor and Walsh are going for the third straight Olympic Gold medals in doubles volleyball.