The excitement is building! Can you believe that we're now less than one year away from the start of the 2012 Olympic Games? London has already started the final countdown with "One year to go" celebrations throughout the city. (The Games will begin July 27, 2012.) According to CNN, "14,700 competitors from 205 nations across the globe will take part in the opening ceremony."

The Zaha Hadid-designed Aquatics Centre was just revealed with sweeping lines and an undulated roof. As Wallpaper states, "Fittingly inspired by 'waves, the water, sea life and sea life creatures,' according to its architect British-based Zaha Hadid, the new Aquatics Centre has just been completed, marking at the same time the official start for the London 2012 Olympic Games 1-year countdown."

Inside the Aquatics Centre, 17-year-old British diver Tom Daley became the first person to use London's Olympic diving board. After his dive he was quote as saying, "It was great, it was a little bit cold. It's just incredible, the atmosphere here is good, next year it will be awesome."

First photo:
The first dive in the Aquatics Centre
Double Commonwealth gold medalist and London 2012 hopeful Tom Daley wowed spectators as he performed the first dive into the Aquatics Centre pool, marking one year to go to the Olympic Games.


London 2012 Olympic medal design unveiled
To mark one year to go to the London 2012 Games, the Olympic medals have been unveiled to the world. The design was revealed by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, and London 2012 Organizing Committee Chair Seb Coe in the presence of IOC President Jacques Rogge at a special ceremony in Trafalgar Square, London. The Olympic medals, which are presented in recognition of the incredible achievements of outstanding athletes, will be made in Britain and have been designed by British artist David Watkins who is an established artist in the field of decorative art.


An aerial view of the Aquatics Centre
An aerial view of the Aquatics Centre, with construction completed on the venue with One Year to Go until the London 2012 Olympic Games.


Construction completed on time and within budget on Aquatics Centre
One year to go until the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games has been marked by the completion of construction on the Aquatics Centre, the last of the six main Olympic Park venues to reach this milestone.


Wenlock celebrates one year to go to the Olympic Games
Wenlock joins synchronized swimmers at the newly completed Aquatics Centre to celebrate one year to go to the London 2012 Olympic Games


Celebrating one year to go
Team GB Synchronized Swimming hopefuls in the newly completed Aquatics Centre, marking one year to go until the London 2012 Games begin.


One year to go – synchronized swimmers form the number '1'
Team GB Synchronized Swimming hopefuls form the number '1' in the newly completed Aquatics Centre, marking one year to go until the London 2012 Games begin.


An aerial view of the Basketball Arena
An aerial view of the Basketball Arena with construction completed on the venue with One Year to Go until the London 2012 Olympic Games.


First dive in the Aquatics Centre
Double Commonwealth gold medalist and London 2012 hopeful Tom Daley wowed spectators as he performed the first dive into the Aquatics Centre pool, marking one year to go to the Olympic Games.


Tom Daley performs the first dive into Aquatics Centre pool
Double Commonwealth gold medalist and London 2012 hopeful Tom Daley wowed spectators as he performed the first dive into the Aquatics Centre pool to mark one year to go to the Olympic Games.


One year to go – Hampden Park
A giant '1' is formed at Hampden Park, Glasgow, to celebrate one year to go to the Olympic Games. The stadium will be one of the six venues for Olympic Football at the Games next summer.


One year to go – St James' Park
A giant '1' is formed at St James' Park, Newcastle, to celebrate one year to go to the Olympic Games. The stadium will be one of the six venues for Olympic Football at the Games next summer.


London 2012 stamps unveiled
Team GB 100m sprinter Jeanette Kwakye helps launch a new set of London 2012 stamps at the Olympic Stadium. The stamps feature a range of Olympic and Paralympic sports and mark one year to go until the Games begin.


One year to go to London 2012
A unique aerial image shows the number '1' mown into the grass in the Olympic Stadium, starting the celebrations to mark one year to go until the Games begin.

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Comment by Eugene on July 28, 2011 at 3:21pm
Can't wait!
Comment by Jan Jansson on July 28, 2011 at 11:58am
Looking forward to it! :)
Comment by Alyssa Anda on July 28, 2011 at 11:18am
I'm so excited! :D
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