The London 2012 Olympics at The Independent

Simon Rice

online 300x294 The London 2012 Olympics at The Independent

We’re now just a couple of days away from the start of the biggest sporting event to hit these shores in a generation.

Along with the athletes, we’ve been training and preparing to ensure has it all covered, from revealing features from our esteemed writers, blogs from the competitors themselves, the latest results, iconic pictures and much more.

Here’s a guide to what has to offer, what will be happening during the Games and why The Independent is the best place to guide you through what promises to be an unforgettable fortnight.

The key stories and in depth features

Our team of journalists have their press passes and laptops at the ready. They’ll be writing on all the key events throughout the Games as well as producing revealing features and in-depth interviews such as yesterday’s interview with Victoria Pendleton.


Every day of the Games, The Independent will be running a live blog, letting you know in an instant what’s happened, what’s going on right now and what to look out for later in the day. Pictures, links to extended articles and polls will all be supplemented by the views and thoughts of our writers. This is the platform where you can get involved yourself – with the ability to post comments on the live blog.


A gallery of all the best and most iconic images from the Olympics will be available. In our own capital city, the scope for iconic images is huge.


With exclusive blogs from some of the Team GB athletes taking part and thought provoking comment, is the place to go if you’re in need of that little bit more.


Want to know how far the triathletes will swim? What a ‘tachiwaza’ in Judo means? How points are recorded in Fencing? Then check out our interactive graphics of all the key events.


Trying to plan what to watch? Specify by event, venue or day in our comprehensive schedule of all that’s going on during the Olympics. Click here for the schedule.

Medal table

Are Team GB on target in the medal stakes? Check out the medal table here.


Every result from every event.


We all know Usain Bolt is the fastest man on the planet – but who holds the record for the High Jump? And what’s the furthest a Javelin has ever been thown? Find out with our comprehensive database of Olympic and World Records.


Follow @TheIndyOlympics for all the latest news.

Simon Rice is the Online Sports Editor for

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  • bobbellinhell

    Shameful collaboration. The Independent should instead be standing up for Londoners who are suffering chaotic disruption to their daily lives.

  • scotsgal

    This is the longest Olympic games ever and they haven’t started the sports yet.

  • Guest

    All out on the streets-these games are a disgrace to humanity. First
    protest-meet 6pm Southbank by Waterloo Bridge, London this Friday. It’s
    the critical mass-cyclist, skaters, bladers-all non polluters welcome.
    Should be several thousand strong and will reclaim the streets from the
    criminal vips. Next protest is on Sat 28th-Meet at 12noon at the
    Millenium Bridge, Mile End Park, East London opposite Mile End Tube.
    look at the sponsors for these games-BP-environmental terrorists, Rio
    Tinto – environmental terrorists, Dow Chemicals-murderers, Mc
    dons-enough said.
    To the streets and show the world we are all not idiots in this country.

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