• Posted:Friday, February 12, 2010
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London marks opening of the Winter Olympics

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London marks opening of the Winter Olympics
The anticipation is building as the Winter Olympics are almost upon us, but it seems the excitement is not just confined to Vancouver or even Canada. With a record number of countries competing at this year's event, people all around the globe are showing an interest in the Games - and you can get a taste of that if you happen to be heading to a London hostel.

Mayor Boris Johnson announced that a giant screen is going to be unveiled in Trafalgar Square to mark the occasion, with people being invited to watch highlights of the opening ceremony.

And while most of the UK is just about fed up with snow and desperately awaiting the arrival of spring, the capital is being turned into something of a winter wonderland - with a four-metre-high ice sculpture of the Olympic rings being erected.

Those who decide to head down tomorrow (February 13th) can also try their hand at a range of winter sports - in a virtual sense, that is, as games consoles will be set up for slalom skiing, snowboarding and even bobsleighing enthusiasts.

Of course, the mayor was quick to highlight the fact that attention will soon be turning to London as the host for the 2012 (summer) Olympics.

"I wish our Canadian friends a fantastic winter Games," said Mr Johnson. "With a huge sense of excitement, tinged with some trepidation, I also welcome the fact that the world is now turning its attention to our capital, as the most amazing sports extravaganza on the planet will soon be upon us."

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