A special programme featuring the best of the action from the ‘London Prepares Series’ is to be shown on the London 2012 Live Sites across the UK on Sunday 21 August from 1.00-5.30pm.
Presented by Clare Balding, the special BBC 2 programme ‘Olympic Countdown’ will feature:
· Highlights from the finals of the womens Visa FIVB Beach Volleyball International in Horse Guards Parade
· Action from the London-Surrey Cycle Classic which saw Mark Cavendish and a top international field test out the Olympic Cycling Road Race route in competition for the first time
· Key moments from the London International Basketball Invitational which saw Team GB take on Serbia, Croatia, Australia and France in the first test event on the Olympic Park
· Highlights from the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta 2011 featuring Britain’s top sailors against the world’s elite in the 10 Olympic classes
· Action from the Triathlon World Sprint Championships from Lausanne featuring Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee and Helen Jenkins
· Highlights from the Canoe Sprint World Championships in Hungary featuring World Champion Ed McKeever, Rachel Cawthorn and newcomer Paul Wycherley leading the way for Team GB.
The London 2012 Live Sites are big screens and event spaces in urban centres offering live information, video, news and community events, and will be the destination for news, events and live screenings of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012. There are 20 big screens already operating at locations across the UK including Belfast, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Derby, Dover, Edinburgh, Leeds, Leicester, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Norwich, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Swansea, Swindon, Waltham Forest and Woolwich. Working with the BBC and local authorities the London 2012 Live Sites bring the latest news from London 2012 and each screen is programmed to feature a broad range of UK-wide and local content, events and partnerships with community, arts and media organisations.
London 2012 Organising Committee CEO Paul Deighton said: ‘A year ahead of the Games this is a great opportunity for friends and families to come together in their local community and see the best of the action from the Olympic test events. It will be a great taste of the celebration of elite sport that will take place in the summer of 2012.’
The London 2012 Live Sites are erected and run in partnership between the London 2012 Organising Committee, the BBC and the various cities, in association with London 2012 partners BT and Lloyds TSB, supported by Cisco and the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor.