Olympic Events

There will be 32 events showcased in the London 2012 Olympic games! This page is devoted to informing by way of brief descriptions ( any sport can get much too deep to cover); here they are!: ( all information courtesy of the official site of London 2012 www.london2012.com – check ‘em out!)


Held at Lord’s Cricket Ground, the Archery competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games will call for pinpoint precision and nerves of steel.

Archery dates back around 10,000 years, when bows and arrows were first used for hunting and warfare, before it developed as a competitive activity in medieval England. A tense and testing sport that requires immense reserves of skill and nerve, Archery is now practiced in more than 140 countries around the world.

Competition Dates: Friday 27 July – Friday 3 August


Athletics is the perfect expression of the Olympic motto ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’ (‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’) – the competition requires athletes to run faster, throw further, jump higher and leap longer than their rivals. With 2,000 athletes competing in 47 events, Athletics is the largest single sport at the Games.

Competition dates:

Friday 3 August – Sunday 12 August


Badminton players at the London 2012 Olympic Games will need lightning-fast reactions if they’re to keep up with shuttlecocks travelling at speeds in excess of 400km/h.

During the 19th century, British military officers in the Indian town of Poona added a net to the ancient game of battledore (meaning bat) and shuttlecock, and named this new game after the town.

The sport of Poona was eventually brought back home by the officers, and was played at the Duke of Beaufort’s Gloucestershire residence in 1873. The residence was (and is still) called Badminton House, which is how this thrilling sport got the name used today.

Competition dates:
Saturday 28 July – Sunday 5 August


From humble beginnings in North America, Basketball has grown into one of the most popular team sports in the world. It’s a truly global game: the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the USA, the world’s leading professional league, features players from more than 30 countries.

Competition dates

Saturday 28 July – Sunday 12 August

Beach Volleyball

Beach Volleyball came of age on the sun-soaked beaches of Santa Monica, California, during the 1920s. Over the last three decades, the sport has moved far beyond its roots and is now played all over the world. Teams of two will serve, bump and spike their way towards gold at the London 2012 Games competition held in the heart of the capital.

Competition dates:

Saturday 28 July – Thursday 9 August


The ever-popular men’s Boxing events are joined on the Olympic programme by women’s events for the first time.

Boxing featured at the original Olympic Games in the 7th century BC, when opponents fought with strips of leather wrapped around their fists. The sport’s regulations were codified in 1867 as the Marquess of Queensberry Rules, named in honour of the nobleman who endorsed them. The essence of these rules is still in place today, governing this exciting and dramatic Olympic sport.

Competition dates:

Saturday 28 July – Sunday 12 August

Canoe Slalom

The Canoe Slalom competition will call for speed, control and precision on the daunting white water rapids at the new Lee Valley White Water Centre.

Modelled on slalom skiing, the first Canoe Slalom competition was held in Switzerland in 1932. The sport was staged on flat water during its early days, but was later switched to white-water rapids.

Since becoming a permanent part of the Olympic programme 20 years ago in Barcelona, the sport has thrilled spectators at the Games with spectacular, non-stop action on the powerful, unforgiving water.

Competition dates:

Sunday 29 July – Thursday 2 August

Canoe Sprint

Requiring sustained bursts of speed and power, Canoe Sprint at the London 2012 Games will offer thrilling, down-to-the-wire finishes.

The histories of the canoe and the kayak go back hundreds of years, but it wasn’t until the middle of the 19th century that the first official canoe and kayak races were held. At the Olympic Games, the sport now takes two forms, the older of which is the power-packed, fiercely competitive Canoe Sprint discipline – head-to-head races over still water.

Competition dates:

Monday 6 – Saturday 11 August

Cycling BMX

The fast and furious sport of BMX makes only its second Olympic appearance at the London 2012 Games.

BMX (Bicycle Motocross) began to take off in the late 1960s in California, around the time that motocross became popular in the US. The motorised sport was the inspiration for the pedal-powered version – a breathtaking spectacle that’s since become popular all over the world.

Competition dates:

Wednesday 8 – Friday 10 August

Cycling- Mountain Bike

Rocky paths, tricky climbs and technical descents provide plenty of challenges for riders in the Mountain Bike competition.

Much like BMX, Mountain Biking is a young sport that has risen to worldwide popularity at an amazing rate. Fast and furious, the sport developed in northern California during the 1970s. However, it quickly spread from its low-key beginnings and now has a huge following around the globe, which has only grown since its arrival on the Olympic programme in 1996.

Competition dates

Saturday 11 – Sunday 12 August

Cycling- Road

At London 2012, a quartet of challenging, exciting Road Cycling events will energise the streets of London and Surrey.

According to popular legend, the first ever bicycle race was held in Paris in 1868 and was won by a 19-year-old cyclist from Suffolk named James Moore. It goes without saying that the sport has grown since these humble beginnings. More than 140 years after Moore’s triumph, Road Cycling events draw huge crowds and enormous TV audiences around the world. The four Olympic medal events at London 2012 should see the streets of London and Surrey packed with passionate fans. They are likely to be among the largest road cycling events of all time.

Competition dates

Saturday 28, Sunday 29 July, and Wednesday 1 August

Cycling – Track

At the London 2012 Olympic Games, there are 10 gold medals in nine sessions up for grabs over six action-packed days in the Track Cycling competition.

Cycling has a long and fascinating history in the UK. As early as 1870, large crowds were drawn to races held in England on indoor wooden tracks, which closely resembled the velodromes of today.

Competition dates

Thursday 2 – Tuesday 7 August


Diving requires acrobatic excellence and supreme coordination skills, as athletes dive from heights of up to 10m into the waters below. Competitive Diving developed from gymnastics in the 18th century, when gymnasts in Sweden and Germany began to perform tumbling routines into water.

Competition dates

Sunday 29 July – Saturday 11 August


The Equestrian competition at London 2012 is made up of three disciplines: Dressage, Eventing and Jumping. Each discipline requires different skills from the riders and horses competing.

Competition dates

Dressage: Thursday 2 – Thursday 9 August
Eventing: Saturday 28 – Tuesday 31 July
Jumping: Saturday 4 – Wednesday 8 August


Although sword fighting dates back thousands of years, Fencing as we now understand it really came of age as a sport in the 19th century. A tense, compelling battle of wits and technique, the sport is one of the few to have featured at every modern Olympic Games.

Competition dates:

Saturday 28 July – Sunday 5 August


The Football competition kicks off the London 2012 Olympic Games. Spread across six major grounds around the UK, it offers all the drama that fans of the game have come to expect from major international tournaments.

Competition dates

Wednesday 25 July – Saturday 11 August

Gymnastics- Artistic

The grace, strength and skill of Olympic gymnasts have been astonishing audiences since the Games in Ancient Greece, where Gymnastics was regarded as the perfect symmetry between mind and body. The best known of the three Gymnastics disciplines, Artistic Gymnastics is always among the most popular competitions at the Games.

Competition dates:

Saturday 28 July – Tuesday 7 August

Gymnastics- Rhythmic

Grace and beauty will be on show throughout the four days of Rhythmic Gymnastics competition at Wembley Arena. Rhythmic Gymnastics first appeared during the 19th century and slowly grew in popularity until the first experimental competitions were staged during the 1930s. Having evolved to incorporate elements from classical ballet, German muscle-building techniques and Swedish exercise systems, it’s one of the most beautiful spectacles on the Olympic programme.

Competition dates

Thursday 9 – Sunday 12 August


Speed, skill and stamina are key attributes for competitors in Handball, a quick and exhilerating team sport. Developed in Denmark, Sweden and Germany in the late 19th century, it was originally played outdoors as field handball. It first appeared at the Olympics at the Berlin 1936 Games.

Competition dates:

Saturday 28 July – Sunday 12 August


Hockey demands speed, stamina and a mastery of intricate hand-eye coordination. Played by teams of 11 on an outdoor pitch, the sport is a long-time Olympic favourite, offering non-stop action over 14 days of competition. All matches will be played at the brand-new Riverbank Are

Competition dates:

Sunday 29 July – Saturday 11 August


Judo contests are a five-minute whirlwind of combat, with athletes attempting a combination of throws and holds in a bid to defeat their opponents.

Developed from jujitsu and established as a sport in the late 19th century by Dr Jigoro Kano, athletes use an intricate mix of attack and defence. The sport’s one-on-one battles can be tough, tense and explosive, as competitors grapple for command against equally determined opponents.

Competition dates

Saturday 28 July – Friday 3 August

Modern Pentathlon

At the London 2012 Games Modern Pentathlon celebrates 100 years as part of the Olympic Games.

Modern Pentathlon was championed by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games, and has its origins in a 19th-century legend.

The story goes that a young French cavalry officer was sent on horseback to deliver a message. To complete his mission, he had to ride, fence, shoot, swim and run – the five challenges that face competitors in Modern Pentathlon today.

Competition dates:

Saturday 11 – Sunday 12 August


The Rowing competition at the London 2012 Games will feature extraordinary displays of power and passion on the world-class waters at Eton Dorney.

Although its history dates back centuries, rowing only came of age as a competitive sport in the last 200 years. Interest began to increase after Oxford and Cambridge Universities began their rivalry on the Thames in 1829, a rivalry that continues today in the shape of the annual Boat Race.

Today’s sport is renowned for its competitors’ legendary displays of strength and stamina, as athletes push themselves through the pain barrier in an attempt to win Olympic gold.

Competition dates:

Saturday 28 July – Saturday 4 August (reserve day, Sunday 5 August)



The waters of Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour play host to 10 exhilarating Sailing events.

Mastery over ever-changing conditions on open water requires skill and nerve. Both will be essential for competitors in the Sailing events at London 2012 over 14 days of competition that should offer plenty of excitement and drama in the beautiful but testing waters of Weymouth Bay, on the south coast of England.

Competition dates

Sunday 29 July – Saturday 11 August


During the London 2012 Games, nearly 400 competitors are shooting for gold across 15 dramatic events.

Having been practised competitively for centuries, the tense and demanding sport of Shooting is now popular all over the world.

Competition dates:

Saturday 28 July – Monday 6 August


Hugely popular around the world as a leisure activity and a competitive sport, Swimming has featured at every modern Olympic Games. Other than the Marathon Swimming 10km event, held in the Serpentine in Hyde Park, the Swimming competition will take place in Aquatics.

Speed, strength and stamina will be key for athletes in the competition which features no fewer than 34 medal events.

Competition dates

Saturday 28 July – Saturday 4 August

Synchronised Swimming

Synchronised Swimming is all about grace under pressure, as athletes use pinpoint precision and immense stamina to deliver beautiful routines in the pool.

Having made its Olympic debut at the Los Angeles 1984 Games, the all-female event will be held at the dazzling Aquatics Centre during London 2012.

Competition dates

Sunday 5 August to Friday 10 August

Table Tennis

Power, subtlety and lightning-fast reflexes will all be on display at ExCeL during the Table Tennis competition.

The sport has come a long way from its origins in the late 19th century, when it developed as an after-dinner game played by upper-class English families. More than a century later, Table Tennis is a breathtaking spectacle that blends power, speed, skill and subtlety. It’s the biggest participation sport in the world.

Competition dates

Saturday 28 July – Wednesday 8 August


Expect plenty of excitement at ExCeL when the Taekwondo competitors take to the court at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The word Taekwondo translates into English as the way of foot and fist – an accurate description of the principles behind this Korean martial art. Powerful kicks and punches are, literally, the name of the game, which offers tension, drama and plenty of action.

Competition dates

Wednesday 8 August – Saturday 11 August


Just three weeks after the end of the annual grand slam tournament, Wimbledon will once again welcome the best players in the world for the London 2012 Tennis competition.

Every four years, the Olympic Tennis tournament attracts the world’s top stars. At Beijing 2008, Rafael Nadal won the men’s Singles, while the Williams sisters triumphed in the women’s Doubles. All the players will be aiming for a showdown on Wimbledon’s Centre Court, where the Olympic champions will be crowned.

Competition dates:

Saturday 28 July – Sunday 5 August


Prepare to be dazzled by the athletes in the Trampoline competition at the London 2012 Games, the newest of the three Gymnastics disciplines on the Olympic programme.

Devised in the 1930s at the University of Iowa, the first modern trampoline was initially used as a training tool for tumblers, astronauts and athletes. However, it grew in popularity to such an extent that in 1964 the first ever Trampoline World Championships were held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Since making its Olympic debut at the Sydney Games in 2000, the sport has consistently featured awe-inspiring displays of acrobatic excellence, with athletes jumping to heights of up to 10 metres.

Competition dates

Friday 3 – Saturday 4 August


Hyde Park will welcome the world’s best triathletes for one of the most exciting and high profile events at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The precise origins of Triathlon are unknown: some say that the sport began in France between the wars, others that it really developed in the United States during the late 1970s. Whatever the true history, Triathlon is now one of the fastest-growing sports in the world, and the London 2012 competition in Hyde Park promises to draw enormous and enthusiastic crowds.

Competition dates:

Saturday 4 – Tuesday 7 August


In 1895, William G Morgan devised a game he called ‘mintonette’, which he intended as a gentle alternative to basketball for older members of his YMCA gym. A century later, Volleyball is anything but gentle – few sports on the Olympic programme offer such fast and exhileration action.

Competition dates

Saturday 28 July – Sunday 12 August

Water Polo

Water Polo developed during the 19th century as an aquatic version of rugby, played informally in rivers and lakes. The version of the game that survives today is closer to Handball: a fast, tough and demanding sport, it has featured on every Olympic programme since the Paris 1900 Games.

Competition dates

Sunday 29 July – Sunday 12 August


Weightlifting will showcase a test of pure strength – the oldest and most basic form of physical competition.

The aim of Weightlifting is simple: to lift more weight than anyone else. The result is pure sporting theatre of the most dramatic kind, and a real spectator favourite.

Competition dates:

Saturday 28 July – Tuesday 7 August


Recognised as one of the world’s oldest sports, Wrestling was first held at the ancient Olympics in 708 BC, and Greco-Roman Wrestling was included at the Athens 1896 Games, the first of the modern era. Played out on a circular mat, the sport is a battle of nerves, strength and skill, and should provide plenty of drama at ExCeL during London 2012.

The London 2012 Wrestling competition consists of two disciplines – Greco-Roman, where athletes use their upper bodies and arms only, and Freestyle, where athletes can use any part of their bodies.

Competition dates

Sunday 5 August – Sunday 12 August






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