Gearing up for the ParalympicsAugust 15, 2012With the Paralympic Games starting on August 29th in London, athletes are gearing up for competition.Preview Of Ben Dearnley's Sculpture Exhibition Avenue Of ChampionsSALISBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: Sculpture Ben Dearnley poses for a photograph with a concept bronze of a 2012 Olympian that he has created in front of Salisbury Cathedral on June 18, 2012 in Salisbury, England. The sculptures - which focus on the 'power zones' of twelve of some of the UK's past and current Olympic and Paralympic champions - will be displayed at Salisbury Cathedral from June 23 until September 16 to coincide with the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)london olympicsAround 4,700 medals have been produced for the Olympic and Paralympic Games by the Royal Mint. They were designed by David Watkins (Olympics) and Lin Cheung (Paralympics). Each medal weighs 375–400g, has a diameter of 85mm and is 7mm thick, with the sport and discipline engraved on the rim.london olympicsWenlock and Mandeville are the official mascots for the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics being held in London. Wenlock and Mandeville are animations depicting two drops of steel from a steelworks in Bolton. They are named after the Shropshire town of Much Wenlock, which held a forerunner of the current Olympic Games, and Stoke Mandeville Hospital, a facility in Buckinghamshire that initially organised the Stoke Mandeville Games, the precursor of the Paralympic Games.