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Published on Oct 9, 2012
Green Olympics: The countdown has begun with mere days until the London Olympics 2012! (27July) Athletes around the world have been training to get the gold but London Olympics have gone green. The Ancient Olympic Games were a series of competitions held between representatives of several city-states and kingdoms from Ancient Greece, which featured mainly athletic but also combat and chariot racing events. The origin of these Olympics is shrouded in mystery and legend. One of the most popular myths identifies Heracles and his father Zeus as the progenitors of the Games. According to legend, it was Heracles who first called the Games "Olympic" and established the custom of holding them every four years. A legend persists that after Heracles completed his twelve labors, he built the Olympic stadium as an honor to Zeus. The Ancient Games featured running events, a pentathlon (consisting of a jumping event, discus and javelin throws, a foot race and wrestling), boxing, wrestling, pankration, and equestrian events. That was then...these days, the games are as much about sport and athletes performing at Olympic levels as they are about international prowess and making politically correct statements. This year the message is green! Derelict industrial buildings and areas of neglect made up a large part of the Brownfield site which was transformed by the ODA into an urban park with world class sporting facilities on the Olympic Park site. Sustainability has been at the heart of the process including the delivery of lightweight venues, the recycling or reuse of waste materials, (90% of construction waste was diverted from landfills and was reused or recycled instead), using concrete with a high recycled content, and delivering materials by rail or water. All kinds of contaminants were removed in a process called re-mediation and where there once was devastation, beautiful green English gardens and ecosystems now abound!