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18 Apr 2012
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London 2012 celebrates 100 days to go

London 2012 has marked 100 days to go until it welcomes the world for the start of this summer’s Olympic Games with a series of events, including the launch of the official motto for the Games. 

London 2012 Chairman Seb Coe revealed “Inspire a Generation” as the London 2012 slogan during a special event at the city’s Kew Gardens, which also saw the unveiling of a giant set of Olympic rings created by 25,000 flowers, visible from flights arriving at Heathrow airport. 

“With 100 days to go to the start of the Games, millions of people are getting ready to do the best work of their lives and welcome the world this summer,” said Coe. “There is a groundswell of support and excitement, not just in the UK, but internationally as the final countdown to the London 2012 Olympic Games begins. Whether it’s the competing athletes or people getting ready to join their communities in supporting Torchbearers on the streets of the UK, the whole world is getting ready for London. Expectations are high, and we won’t disappoint.” 

An oak tree is also being planted at the gardens to celebrate the UK’s role in the birth of the modern Olympic Movement, while other events are also being held across the country to mark the 100-day countdown. 

Earlier this week, schoolchildren helped build a huge sandcastle on Weymouth beach in Dorset, where the London 2012 sailing events will be held, while 260 members of the Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots and Welsh Guards formed the number 100 at London's Horse Guards Parade in recognition of the day. 

London’s famous West End theatres are also hosting a ‘Welcome the World’ event in Trafalgar Square to celebrate the occasion, with cast members from West End shows and British Olympic athletes taking part in a specially choreographed ‘West End Warm-Up’ performance.

IOC President Jacques Rogge said: “Organising the Olympic Games is a team effort and over the next hundred days, people from all walks of life and from all around the world will play their part in helping to make London 2012 a Games that will inspire a generation. From the athletes refining their technique, to the volunteers learning about their roles, to the torchbearers carrying the Olympic flame and the people supporting them as they go, each and every one of them is playing their part in making these a Games to remember. Around the world, the excitement is growing and expectations are high but I am confident that Britain and London will deliver a great sporting event and a warm welcome too.”

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