London 2012 Summer Olympics: Closing Ceremony Guide

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London 2012 Summer Olympics: Closing Ceremony Guide
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The 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony will celebrate all of the hard work and dedication of the Olympians. It also includes the handover of the Olympic flag from London, England to Rio de Janeiro, which is where the 2016 Summer Olympics will be held. It promises to be a fantastic event, but also an emotional one for the athletes as the Games come to an end.

Date: Aug. 12, 2012

Time: 9 p.m. BST (UK Time) or 2 p.m. ET

Location: Olympic Stadium, 2012 Olympic Park and Village, London, England

The crews will only have 17 hours to prepare for the Closing Ceremony after the last event is finished.

Format: Kim Gavin is the Closing Ceremony artistic director and the title of the ceremony is "A Symphony of British Music." It will focus on the huge impact that Britain has had in music and will include some of today's most well-known entertainers.

TV Channel Coverage: NBC

You can find your local NBC channel that will broadcast the Olympic Opening Ceremony here.

The March of the Athletes: Instead of the athletes entering the stadium by nationality, they will enter in a single file line. This is a tradition that started in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia, and is a way for the world to see the athletes as one nation. The athletes are led into the stadium by the flagbearers.

Flags: There are three flags that will be hoisted up: Greece, Great Britain, and Brazil. While the flags are hoisted, the national anthem from each country will play. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, will hand the Olympic Flag back to Jacques Rogge, the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Mr. Rogge will then give the flag to Eduardo Paes, the Major of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Mr. Rogge will then give a speech to declare the 2012 Summer Olympic Games closed.

The Olympic Flame: The Olympic Flame will then be extinguished after burning continuously since the Opening Ceremony. It is one of the most powerful moments of the Closing Ceremony, not just to the athletes and other directly involved, but to viewers around the world, as well.

Performances: There will be more than 4,100 performers at this year's Closing Ceremony, including 380 children from six host boroughs in London. According to an article in Britain's The Daily Mail, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, George Michael, The Who, and Take That are just some of the entertainers that will perform at the nearly two hour theatrical and musical show; however, these appearances have not been confirmed.

My family and I watch the Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies no matter what time they may begin. We are avid sports fans and enjoy the Summer Olympic sports of basketball, boxing, swimming, and archery.

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