Friday, December 31, 2010

Tom Daley Steps Out On London 2012 Diving Platform For The First Time

tom daley visits london 2012 boards

The London 2012 Summer Olympics is more than a year and a half away, but Tom Daley has already visited the Aquatics Centre construction site numerous times, and even stepped out onto the diving platform. I love the headline from the London 2012 press release: Tom Daley steps out on London 2012 dive board for first time, because it sounds like he’s getting an early practice in – you know, a year and a half out, before the crowds.

tom daley visits london 2012 boards

Aside from the headline, I also love that all the images are free for media use (here’s where I got the images for this post).

As you can see, Tom is far from suiting up for an actual practice session. However, it’s great to see a shot of the diving platforms under construction.

tom daley visits london 2012 boards

The boards were designed by Zaha Hadid, the Aquatics Centre architect, so that they will match the building’s overall design. Here’s what the diving well will look like when it’s completed:

london 2012 dive well olympic diving

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

London 2012 Aquatics Center Update: Water In The Pool!

London 2012 Aquatics Center

According to a release by the Associated Press, the London 2012 Olympic Aquatics Center now has water in the pool!

London 2012 Aquatics Center

David Higgins, chief executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority (the public body responsible for developing and building the new venues and infrastructure for the Games) said “Water is now in the diving pool. It hasn’t leaked. So far so good” (source).

From what I can see in this webcam photo, it looks like the water David Higgins is talking about could just be the rain. It seems a little preemptive to fill the diving well before finishing the buildings’ walls and floor!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

In Brief…

> The full story behind Sasquatch
> Past Decade of Women’s NCAA Results Swimming Science
> Sterling silver swimming charm Kast-A-Way Swimwear
> An Open Letter To My Diving Friends The Screaming Viking!
> 2012 London Olympic Aquatics Center Under Construction Video
> Backstroke in Caramel, GTD Prizes, & More Race Footage

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

In Brief…

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> Weird Fish With Transparent Head National Geographic
> Phelps swims first strokes en route to London 2012 The Star Online
> Michael Phelps going to great lengths still in search of the impossible Times Online
> Favourite sporting memories of the Noughties Sydney Morning Herald
> 20 Question Tuesday with Nick Thoman: The Need for Speed
> Swimming one of the four disciplines of the Olympic sport Aquatics London 2012
> Mom Tweets After Son Drowns, Spark Uproar The Huffington Post
> Join the discussion: AI Connect Aquatics International

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

London 2012 Aquatic Centre Roof Finally In Place, 4x Original Cost

aquatics centre roof london 2012

Found via @aquaticsintl, according to an article on More Than The Games, the London 2012 Aquatic Centre’s 2800 ton roof was finally lowered into place after 8 months. Although plans for the roof were scaled down, the center is now expected to cost a total of

Friday, October 16, 2009

Two Versions Of London 2012 Event Icons Revealed

london 2012 pictograms event icons

From, found @London2012team, the pictograms or event icons for each sport discipline have been revealed. This year there are two versions, a more classic silhouette, and a ‘dynamic’ version that is meant to bring the picture to life.

Inspired by the London Underground map, I think the dynamic versions of the pictograms look more like the 3-D drawings you look at with blue and red glasses.

3d glasses

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

In Brief…

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> Tom Daley: Olympic bust-ups, bullying and embarrassing dads Times Online
> Should Sports be ‘Dumbed Down?’
> Hardy returns to competition following suspension Associated Press
> 93-year-old swims for third gold medal at Senior Games Enterprise News
> Tom Daley: ‘If I had a girlfriend, she’d have to understand that…
> Micheal Phelps: Avoiding the Deep End When It Comes To Jitters Through Your Body
> Lord Coe believes there is support for the London Olympics
> Sports Hollywood: 10 Questions with Dara Torres Sports Hollywood

Thursday, July 30, 2009

In Brief…

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> FINA approves proposal to ban advanced swimsuits in 2010 USA Today
> Michael Phelps: Beaten by Technology? Yahoo! Sports
> Milorad Cavic’s Blog
> Super outfits show fairness is not swimming’s strong suit USA Today
> NBC News: Bob Bowman About The Suits the17thman via
> Pellegrini: I’m the greatest Italian athlete ever Universal Sports via Reuters
> High-Tech Swim Suits, Off The Deep End? NPR Audio
> Seb Coe and Tom Daley Visit London 2012 Construction Site

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

In Brief…

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> Kast-A-Way Swimwear Website Specials Kast-A-Way Swimwear
> Ricky Berens Moons FINA Worlds the17thman
> Germany’s Paul Biedermann is “mad fast” in the 200 free during prelims! SCAQ Blog
> Surviving In A Post-2009 World Suit Wars
> Sharks And Outer Space? Discovery Space
> U.S. topples Spain to reach water polo quarters Universal Sports
> Making The Olympic Stadium ’3′
> SwimPulse Interviews Ricky Berens

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Tom Daley Aboard London 2012 Shuttle Test Run

Tom Daley, Britain’s first ever world championship individual diving gold medalist at the age of 15, was a VIP passenger aboard The Javelin Olympic shuttle test run yesterday (source).

tom daley
10m champion Tom Daley (L) with former Olympic athlete Daley Thompson and Olympics chief (R) Lord Coe (source)

The Javelin train reaches speeds of 140 mph, and according to an article on, impressed everyone at the ceremony by making the trip from London to Stratford 15 seconds ahead of schedule (6 minutes 45 seconds).

javelin train olympic shuttle

At this rate, trains leaving every 6 hours will be able to carry 25,000 Olympic visitors to and from the stadium each hour (source).

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