As I write, there are 81 days to go until the start of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Because I can (courtesy of my scads of free time), this posting will be a collection of links all related about the event that has the motto “Citius, Altius, Fortius” (Faster, Higher, Stronger).
a) The 2012 Games in London haven’t even started, but bookies have already posted odds about which of the candidate cities (Baku, Doha, Istanbul, Madrid, Tokyo) will win the right to host the 2020 Summer Games.
b) The musical acts for a concert in Hyde Park to coincide with the July 27 Opening Ceremonies have been announced. Everybody sing-a-long, “Her name is Rio, and she dances like the sand…”
c) A British Cabinet official has announced that the Olympics are not immune from a cyber-attack. However, the same official says any attack would not disrupt the Games.
d) Speaking of security. A flat (that’s Brit-speak for “apartment”) has had anti-aircraft high velocity missiles placed on its roof to help with security for the Games. When the Games are over, the weaponry can also be used to take care of the neighbor’s pesky dog.
f) Nick Zaccardi of Sports Illustrated has his predictions for the Games.
g) Turkey’s women volleyball team qualifies for the Games by defeating Poland in the European Olympic Qualification Tournament.
h) Argentina’s “Golden Generation” takes one more shot.
i) Religious symbols have been banned on the logo for the badges to be used by chaplains at the Games lest they cause offense.
j) Want to see what the medals for the London Games look like? Click here.
k) Newser has an article about the upcoming competition in the decathlon.
l) For those who care about soccer, here is the opening draw for the American women’s team: France, Colombia, North Korea.
m) This, Wenlock, is the mascot for the 2012 Summer Olympics. I’m not kidding.
And on that bombshell, I end this post-o’-links.