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Take a Look Back at the London Paralympics 2012


Harder Than You Think, by hip hop legends Public Enemy, provides the soundtrack for the film, which received rave reviews from the athletes when it aired.

When we bid to host the 2012 Games, we made a radical proposal to the International Organising Committee.  We weren’t only going to put on the biggest sporting event in the world; we were going to hold the world’s first truly sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games, leaving a legacy far beyond the departure of the Olympic Flame – London 2012 Website

The story behind the medal

Designed especially for each Games, the medals are what every athlete strives to win.

The medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games will be awarded during the Victory Ceremonies taking places at venues across the UK.

More than 2,100 medals will be presented in 503 Victory Ceremonies.

The Paralympic Games medals have been designed by Lin Cheung, a practising jewellery artist and senior lecturer in Jewellery, and are in production at the Royal Mint headquarters in Llantrisant, South Wales.


Inspired by the endurance, focus and achievement of elite Paralympic athletes, Lin Cheung has created a medal that not only represents the core values, beliefs and spirit of the Games, but that is also a desirable object, rich in elements of illustration, typography and texture.

One side of the medal represents ‘Spirit in motion’, the Paralympic motto, and features a close-up section of an outstretched wing of the Greek Goddess of Victory. This image represents forward flight, power and lightness, a metaphor for the spirit of the Paralympic Games.

The reverse of the medal represents ‘The heart of victory’. Symbolising inclusion and togetherness, it incorporates a direct mould from the heart area of the plaster cast of ‘The Nike of Paionios’, the Greek Goddess of Victory, residing in the British Museum Cast Collection.


Medal specification:

• The gold medal is made up of 92.5% silver, 1.34% gold with the remainder copper (a minimum of 6g of gold)
• The silver medal is made up of 92.5% silver with the remainder copper
• The bronze medal is made up of 97% copper, 2.5% zinc and 0.5% tin
The precious ore for the medals has been supplied by London 2012 sponsor Rio Tinto and was mined at Kennecott Utah Copper Mine near Salt Lake City in America, as well as from the Oyu Tolgoi project in Mongolia. For the small amount of non-precious elements that make up the bronze medals, the zinc was sourced from a mine in Australia as well as from recycled stock, while the tin originates from a mine in Cornwall.

How the designs were chosen

When creating the brief, the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) Victory Ceremonies team worked closely with the British Museum’s Keeper of Coins and Medals, Philip Attwood, to look at the symbolic history of medals in Europe in the last century.

An independent panel of Sir John Sorrel (chair), Sir Mark Jones, Catherine Johnson, Ade Adepitan (deputy chair), Iwona Blazwick OBE, Niccy Hallifax and Martin Green was set up to look at the designs submitted by over 100 artists. The LOCOG Athletes’ Committee, chaired by Jonathan Edwards, and the British Paralympic Association (BPA) were also involved throughout the process.


Claire Lomas lights the ceremonial cauldron in Trafalgar Square

Watch Videos of the London Paralympics  at the Sports TV Channel 

Look back at the Greatest Games Ever

 Channel 4 Website


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The Paralympic Games in London

Inspire a generation! Continues…

The Paralympic Games will begin 29 Aug – 9 Sept

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The Queen’s Special Message to the GB Team & Athletes

August 12,  2012

As the 2012 London Olympic Games come to a close, I offer my congratulations to the athletes of Great Britain and the Commonwealth, whose efforts across the range of Olympic disciplines have truly captured the public’s imagination and earned their admiration.

The outstanding performance of Team GB, in achieving the greatest Olympic success since 1908, will, I am sure, have inspired a new generation of Olympians and reminded us all how sport unifies communities and nations.

I congratulate, too, the organisers of the Games, as well as the thousands of volunteers who have epitomized the Olympic spirit through the warm welcome they have shown to the sporting teams and spectators from all around the world.

As a nation, we now look forward to the Paralympic Games and wish all athletes every success.


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London Olympics Finale and (Imagine Video)

Photos Courtesy of HuffingtonPostMSN and AssociatedPress

To view all the Closing Ceremony Performances go to the NBC Olympics Website

List of Music and Performers at Closing Ceremony

  • London Symphony Orchestra “God Save The Queen” 
  • Emeli Sande – Read All About It 
  • Urban Voices Collective – Because
  • Julian Lloyd Webber featuring London Symphony Orchestra- “Salut D’ Amour”
  • Madness  – “Our House”
  • Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls
  • One Direction “What Makes You Beautiful”
  • The Beatles – “A Day In The Life” and “Here Comes The Sun” 
  • Ray Davies – “Waterloo Sunset”
  • Elbow  – “One Day Like This”
  • Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody 
  • Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir featuring John Lennon Imagine
  • George Michael – “Freedom and “White Light” 
  • Kaiser Chiefs  – “Pinball Wizard”
  • David Bowie Various Songs
  • Annie Lennox – “Little Bird”
  • Ed Sheeran featuring Nick Mason, Mike Rutherford and Richard Jones “Wish You Were Here”
  • Russell Brand – “Pure Imagination”
  • Russell Brand featuring – “I am the Walrus” (The Beatles cover)
  • Fatboy Slim  – “Right Here, Right Now” & “The Rockafeller Skank”
  • Jessie J – “Price Tag”
  • Tinie Tempah – “Written in the Stars” 
  • Taio Cruz – “Dynamite”
  • The Bee Gees – “You Should Be Dancing”
  • Spice Girls – “Wannabe”, “Spice Up Your Life” 
  • Beady Eye – “Wonderwall” 
  • Electric Light Orchestra – “Mr. Blue Sky” 
  • Eric Idle  – “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” 
  • Muse – “Survival”
  • Brian May and Roger Taylor  – “Brighton Rock”
  • Queen and Jessie J – “We Will Rock You”
  • London Symphony Orchestra – Various Orchestral Music 
  • Marisa Monte – “Bachianas Brasileiras No 5 “
  • BNegao – “Maracatu Atômico”
  • Seu Jorge – “Nem vem que não tem”
  • Marisa Monte , Seu Jorge and BNegao – “Aquele Abraço”
  • London Symphony Orchestra – “Extinguishing the Flame”
  • Take That – “Rule The World” 
  • John Barry – “The John Dunbar Theme” from Dances With Wolves 
  • David Arnold – “Spirit of the Flame”

The Who – “Baba O’Riley” “See Me, Feel Me” and “My Generation”

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