As this year winds down, many athletes worldwide are winding up for next year's big summer games. The 2012 Olympics are scheduled to take place in London, England, and the city has been busy with preparation for their moment in the world's spotlight. With all the excitement built up from the games of 2004 and 2008, next year's competition promises fierce rivalries and thrilling victories.
It is no secret that these athletes have been preparing, many for their entire lives, for the few weeks of July 27 through August 12. The games will include track and field, soccer, basketball, swimming, equestrian, cycling, tennis, and gymnastics, just to name a few. That means we'll be seeing returning champions like the USA's Michael Phelps racing through the pool and Jamaica's Usain Bolt flying around the track once again, hoping to win a few more gold medals for their impressive collections. There are over 200 nations expected to participate in the upcoming games promising many new heroes to rise to glory while the world watches. No doubt viewers will witness all the excitement of exalting victories and crushing defeats as the games progress and those ellusive medals are claimed one by one.
London has built the games park in the Stratford area of the city and has already seen an increase in tourism to the area as fans flock to preview the new facilities. Though most of us won't be able to travel to the historic city to witness the event firsthand, the games will be available in HD and with extra features to viewers with DirecTV at home. Those without satellite or cable can find great Direct TV deals for new customers online. Plans for parties and gatherings to cheer on national heroes have already started being planned as fans gear up their living rooms and patriotism for next summer. Wherever you are, the 2012 Olympics will certainly not be something to miss.