Nine cities submitting bids to host the 2012 Summer Olympics[a]
were recognised by the International Olympic Committee
(IOC). The Committee shortlisted five of them—London
, New York City
, and Paris
—from which London eventually prevailed; it will become the first city to host the Olympic Games
for a third time
.The bidding process for the 2012 Olympics was considered one of the most hotly contested in the history of the IOC.Paris was seen as the front-runner for most of the campaign,but last-minute lobbying by London's supporters was one factor that led to the success of its bid.Madrid was regarded as one of the favourites, but the city did not receive enough votes to surpass Paris and London.After a technical evaluation of the nine original bids, the top five were shortlisted on May 18, 2004, becoming official candidates. The remaining applicant cities—Havana
and Rio de Janeiro
Michael Jeffrey Jordan
(born February 17, 1963) is a retired American professional basketball
player and active businessman. His biography on the National Basketball Association
(NBA) website states, "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time." Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.
Did you know...
- ...that the Olympics were cancelled in 1916 for World War I, and again in 1940 and 1944 for World War II?
- ...that John Devitt was awarded a gold medal in the 100m freestyle at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome despite all three timekeepers awarding a faster time to the silver medallist?