Celebrate the Summer Olympics 2012 Games With Athlete Biographies, Medal Counts and History on Infoplease

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Trusted Reference Site Puts Modern Olympic Games in Historical Context

As the world's best athletes participate in this year's Summer Games, spectators can turn to Infoplease for detailed information on this year's events and find in-depth information about the history of the games...

Next week the world gathers in London for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, an experience that is sure to "Inspire a Generation," the motto of the Games. The two-week athletic event, steeped in centuries of history, features numerous "firsts," much-honored traditions, and athletes from 205 countries competing in 302 different events.

More than 4 billion people around the world will watch the Opening Ceremony on July 27 where the torch -- which has traveled 8,000 miles to London – will light the cauldron that will burn for the duration of the games. Infoplease visitors can discover even more fun facts about the 2012 games by reading "Olympics 2012 by the Numbers."

"Hosting the modern Olympics for the third time, London promises to put on a competition that is rich in tradition and sets a new benchmark for access," said Jess M. Brallier, publisher, Infoplease. "As the world's best athletes participate in this year's Summer Games, spectators can turn to Infoplease for detailed information on this year's events and find in-depth information about the history of the games, top medalists over the years and Olympic symbols and traditions."

Making history at the Summer Olympics 2012 Games will be Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee, who plans to complete in both the Olympics and Paralympics, which will be held in late August. Called "the fastest man with no legs," the South African runner was born without fibulas and had both legs removed as a child. An article on Infoplease shares his inspiring story of running against able-bodied athletes his whole career, finally winning the right to compete against them in 2008.

While women have been competing in the Olympics for more than 100 years, the 2012 games feature numerous "firsts" for women. Visitors to Infoplease can learn more about the countries that are sending women to the games for the first time in a feature article, "Here Come the Women...Running, Shooting, Swimming and Punching," as well as discover the details of this year's debut of women's boxing.

An in-depth article on Infoplease, "Modern Olympic Symbols and Traditions," puts the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in historical perspective with information on the symbols and traditions of the modern games. Visitors will learn about the competition's motto, what the rings and flag symbolize and even the words to the Olympic anthem.

Plus, as athletes make their way to the medal ceremonies, visitors can turn to Infoplease to discover the triumphs of past years with the feature, "Summer Olympics Through the Years," as well as learn more about this year's competitors with Infoplease's biographies of Notable Summer Olympic Athletes.

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