USOC visits London

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Members of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) visited London towards the end of January 2009 to find out about the latest progress and plans for the 2012 Games.

USOC delegates visited the offices of the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) for a series of updates on the 2012 Games. The delegation saw first–hand the progress being made on the Olympic Park and heard about plans for a range of topics specifically related to athletes, including the way the sports competitions will run, Pre–Games Training Camps and transport. They also visited the first completed venue for the Games, Weymouth and Portland, which will host Sailing. The visit was organised by LOCOG's National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee Relations team. Leslie Gamez, managing director of international games at USOC (pictured above, second from left), said: "We are excited to see the activity and development that is occurring at the Olympic Park. The Olympic Village plan looks great and the close proximity to a large number of competition venues will make it extremely convenient for our athletes and coaches. They are going to love competing in the historic venues like Wembley and Wimbledon and for those who will have the opportunity to compete in the newer venues like BMX or Aquatics, they will get to experience the new and modern London. "Gamez added that with less than four years to go until the Games, USOC was pleased to see the progress being made on all fronts – from the Organising Committee to the venues to the public works. "We have a sense that these Games will be spectacular, " she declared.

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