People in London, England gathered to celebrate the one year countdown to the 2012 Games on Wednesday.
The city will host the Summer Olympics and people around the world have been welcomed to the event. Olympic Commission President Jacques Rogge issued the traditional invite for athletes as well.
“As in 1908 and in 1948, they knew the would be coming to the nation that invented modern sport and the concept of fair play. Today (Wednesday) their dreams come closer as we invite 202 national committees to the 2012 Games,” says Rogge.
“The atlhletes will be ready and so will London.”
Vancouver is certainly no stranger to the Olympics. The city hosted the 2010 Winter Games, which were remembered for the mild temperatures and lack of snow. Within days of the Games beginning, organizers were forced to refund about 28,000 tickets to spectators because of the poor conditions.
While a lot of weather jokes were made around the world, the Games still managed to be a success. In fact, at Cypress Mountain where there was hardly any snow, Canadians picked up half a dozen medals.
Now, Vancouverites are eager to offer advice to the hosts of the 2012 Games.
“Get ready for an amazing time because the whole city's going to come alive. It's going to be full of travelers. It's going to be full of people just wanting to get out, explore, and really just enjoy everything the Olympics are about,” said one fan.
Another person we caught up with said you don't have to be a sports fanatic to enjoy the event.
“Even though you're not a sports fan, cause I'm not really a sports fan, don't stay home. I mean, go out and do the cultural events, go out and participate, walk around and just soak up the ambience, because it's thrilling and infectious and it was one of the greatest things I've done in Vancouver.”