|London 2012 closing ceremony: Things you should know about the farewell party|
13 August 2012
London: Google is also marking the closing ceremony of the London Olympics 2012, which will be held today, with its apparently final doodle across the world.
As Kim Gavin, the closing ceremony director, has said that the ceremony will be the greatest after-party.
The 150-minute closing ceremony will include video highlight reels of the July 27-August 12 Games, and in between the music will be the men’s marathon medal ceremony, athletes’ parade, speeches and a presentation by the next hosts Rio de Janeiro.
The Olympic Flame, in the form of a giant flower made up of 204 copper “petals” representing the nations taking part, will be extinguished to symbolise the end of London 2012. Like the Olympic opening ceremony, the closer will showcase British icons and British creativity.
Pop will take the podium when London bids farewell to the Olympics on Sunday, with a closing ceremony starring the Spice Girls, Annie Lennox, One Direction and a peculiarly British sense of humour.
The show that will include performances of 30 British hit singles from the past five decades — whittled down by Gavin from a possible 1,000. The Pet Shop Boys, Annie Lennox and Fatboy Slim will also be on hand to get people dancing.
“Pixel boxes” on every seat of the 80,000-capacity arena will be used again to create vivid, giant backdrops for a show expected to attract hundreds of millions of television viewers after the opening ceremony was watched by close to a billion.
London’s organising committee says 3,25,000 spectators visited Olympic venues on Friday, and 1,44,000 of those walked through the gates of Olympic Park. Some 7.7 million spectators have visited Olympic venues over the course of the games. However, on Sunday spectator numbers will decline. Olympic Park will host only three events on the final day: water polo, modern pentathlon and handball. The rest of the park will be in transition mode as Olympic Stadium is transformed into a giant stage for the closing ceremony Sunday night.
Who will carry the flag for Britain:
Ben Ainslie, now the most successful Olympic sailor after adding a fourth gold to his collection at the London Games, will carry the flag for hosts Britain in Sunday’s closing ceremony.
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