S U M M ER GA M E S MEMBERS ONLY With hundreds of events and dozens of venues, it’s hard to know how to approach the Olympic Games. Call your Personal Vacation Advisor to arrange the perfect plan.
A SPORTING GOOD TIME Power walking as a fitness activity has always raised eyebrows from passersby for the awkward gait and movement of its athletes. Imagine, then, power walking taken to Olympic levels: Race Walking. On August 11 and 14, Race Walking competitors will huff, puff, labor and do their level best to forge ahead at full speed while keeping both feet firmly planted on the ground—or at least touching it—in hopes of being the first to run and walk across the finish line. Race walking may not be everyone’s speed, but there are a handful of competitions
that really do get people’s hearts pumping. The 2012 Olympics’ most popular sports—based on initial ticket sales—are Equestrian Cross Country, Triathlon, Rhythmic Gymnastics and Track Cycling. Equestrian Cross Country (or Eventing) is the only high-risk Olympic sport in which men and women compete as equals; it’s also the only one involving animals. Competitions take place in Greenwich Park. The multi-event (swimming, cycling, running) Triathlon was only first introduced during the 2000 Olympic games in
Sydney, where half a million spectators lined up to watch its debut. Competitions take place in Hyde Park. Although Rhythmic Gymnastics was originally developed in the 19th century, it did not enter the Olympic fray until 1984 in Los Angeles. Competitions take place at Wembley Arena. Track Cycling has been included in every Olympic games series with the exception of one (the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm). The first indoor Track Cycling competition was held at the Montreal Olympics in 1976. Competitions take place at the Velodrome in the Northern section of Olympic Park.
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