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London 2012 Games

About the Games

Aerial photo of the Olympic Stadium (Photograph courtesy of London 2012)

The London 2012 Olympic Games run from 27 July to 12 August. With 26 sports, 10,500 athletes and millions of spectators, the Olympic Games is the biggest multi-sporting event on the planet.

The Paralympic Games are held shortly after the Olympics, from 29 August to 9 September and will feature 20 sports, with 4,200 athletes competing.

London will become the first city to officially host the modern Olympic Games three times, having previously done so in 1908 and 1948. The London 2012 Olympic Games is officially the Games of the XXX Olympiad.

As the UK’s premier university for sport, Loughborough has embraced the Games.

The University is home to the most comprehensive sports development programme of any university, boasting an unparalleled record of sporting excellence and a wide range of facilities and programmes.

Our athletes

Richard Smith

Some of the UKs finest athletes and sports people have studied and trained at Loughborough. Notable Olympians and Paralympians include gold medallists Sebastian Coe and Tanni Grey-Thompson.

An array of Loughborough graduates and present students are set to compete in the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, from hockey players to swimmers, cyclists to triathletes.

At the 2008 Games in Beijing, 48 of our athletes, past and present, competed.  Nineteen reached the finals, 15 national and two European records were broken, and a silver and bronze medal were gained.

At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, 80 of Loughborough’s athletes competed, with 44 of them winning medals. If the University was a country, it would have contributed to 33 distinct Commonwealth medals - the same number as South Africa, and the 8th highest medal total in the overall table.

Team GB preparations

Loughborough University was chosen by the British Olympic Association as the training base and official Preparation Camp for Team GB in the run-up to the London 2012 Games. It is an endorsement of the Universities excellent sporting facilities.

All members of Team GB will pass through Loughborough University for the 'Team GB Experience' and the official kitting out process.

Torch relay

The Olympic Torch Relay is a key part of the build up to the Games, and Loughborough had a preview of this when it hosted a Relay Test event in April.

The Flame arrived in the UK on 18 May and started its 70-day journey at Land's End, Cornwall the following morning.  It will be carried by 8,000 Torch bearers, travelling around 8,000 miles across the UK.

The Torch will return to Loughborough University on Tuesday 3 July, day 46 of the Relay. Find out more about the route on our interactive map.


Loughborough’s involvement with the London 2012 Olympics has given university staff, students and the wider community an opportunity to really get involved with the Games.

The Medal Makers project recruited hundreds of volunteers to help support Loughborough University and Team GB for the duration of the Preparation Camp and Olympic Games – a once in a lifetime opportunity for many.

With the continued development of sporting facilities at Loughborough, and its involvement with the Olympics, the legacy of the Games will continue at Loughborough University long after the London 2012 Games are over.

Team GB The Official Preparation Camp Headquarters for Team GB