London’s Olympic countdown clock malfunctions on first day

Chris Chase
March 16, 2011

London got its first Olympics snafu out of the way in a hurry.

On the same day a steel clock was unveiled in Trafalgar Square to countdown the 500 days to the 2012 Olympics, the timepiece malfunctioned and stayed stuck on one number for hours. Officials scrambled to fix the 21-foot-high countdown clock, which displayed 500 days, 7 hours, 6 minutes, 56 seconds until it was fixed.

Omega, the maker of the clock, said it was disappointed in the technical fault and quickly corrected the problem.

Four British gold medalists took part in Tuesday's ceremony, which launched the official countdown to next year's Opening Ceremony. London's Olympics will begin on July 27, 2012.

The application process for 6.6 million Olympic tickets also began on Tuesday. Fans will have 42 days to apply for tickets to events, which range from $32 to $3,229. The high price point equals £2,012. (Get it?)

Ticket sales are going "very well" according to Sebastian Coe, the chairman of London 2012.