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City's game is to create an Olympus

By Risa Wyatt and Peter Schroeder
Globe Correspondents / October 23, 2011

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Britons are turning their full attention to the 2012 Summer Olympics, with competitions scheduled for July 27 through Aug. 12. Many facilities are already completed - under budget and ahead of schedule. That means visitors can preview the venues not just in London but also in Weymouth (sailing) and Eton Dorney (rowing).

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If You Go

2012 Summer Olympic Games
Tickets
In the United States, CoSport is the official company selling tickets and consumer hospitality packages that include accommodations, transportation, dining, and sightseeing options.
www.cosport.com
877-457-4647
Getting around
The Visitor Oyster Card, an electronic smartcard ticket, can save up to 50 percent on London tube trains, buses, trams, and trains; www.visitbritainshop.com.
Thames Clippersferries from the Embankment and London Eye to such tourist destinations as the Tate Modern, Tower of London, and Greenwich; www.thamesclippers.com.
London’s Barclays Cycle Hire, with 400 locations, is a public bike-sharing program for shorter treks around the capital; www.tfl.gov.uk/barclayscyclehire.
Olympic venues
Olympic Stadium: Blue Badge Guides lead tours to viewing points of venues; www.tour guides2012.co.uk.
Soccer - Wembley Stadium: Tours take visitors into the press conference room, dressing rooms, through the Players Tunnel, and up the Trophy Winners’ steps; www.wembleystadium.com.
Tennis - Wimbledon: Tours include Centre Court, No. 1 Court, press interview room, and admission to the museum; www.wimbledon.com.
Marathon: The route will start and end in The Mall, taking in sights including Buckingham Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Hill, and the Houses of Parliament; www.london2012.com.
Sailing - Weymouth and Portland: SailLaser Weymouth offers rentals and instruction for every level from beginners to racers; www.sail-laser.com.
Rowing - Eton Dorney: From April to October the facility offers evening learn-to-scull sessions. The 450 acres of grounds are open to walkers and joggers; www.dorneylake.co.uk.
As dress rehearsalsfor the Games, London and other locations are hosting top-level competitions ranging from bicycling to beach volleyball. See the schedule at www.londonpreparesseries.com.
Information
Contact VisitBritain, Britain’s national tourism agency: www.visitbritain.com. For details about the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games: www.london2012.com.