23 Jul

Spotlight on … the Summer Olympic Games

Three cheers for London: The 2012 Olympic Games mark the third time London, England, has hosted the summer games – more than any other city. London was a previous host city in 1908 and 1948.

The 1948 Olympic Games were the first games shown on home television.

Women’s boxing will be an Olympic competition for the first time at the 2012 games.

The first Olympic Games to have a mascot were the Munich games in 1972. The Munich mascot was Waldi the dachshund. The 2012 London mascots are cartoon animations Wenlock (Olympic Games) and Mandeville (Paralympics).

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will host the next summer Olympic Games in 2016. It will become the first South American city to host the Olympic Games.

Sources: Top End Sports (


) and London 2012


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