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离2012伦敦奥运还有一年(英语新闻报道)

2011年08月10日  来源:BBC 新东方  作者:BBC

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Londoners are under starter's orders as the city gets ready for the Olympic Games, which will begin one year today.
 

Construction is now complete at all six of the main Olympic venues.

To mark the start of the 366-day countdown (2012 is a leap year), special events are planned for today.

The design of the Olympic medals will be unveiled tonight in a live ceremony from Trafalgar Square.

Over at the brand new Aquatics Centre, Britain's star diver Tom Daley is going to perform an official launch dive into the Olympic pool.

With this building, the organisers have attempted to give London a landmark to rival Beijing's Water Cube from 2008. It was designed by the prestigious architect Zaha Hadid and has a wave-like roof that is 160 metres long.

Today's special events are designed to arouse interest in the Olympics around the world and to encourage British fans too.
Many failed to get Olympic tickets in the recent sales process. According to a new survey for the BBC, 53% of Londoners think the process was "not fair".

But the same survey found support is growing for London 2012. Of the 1,000 people surveyed, 73% said they backed the Games - up from 69% in 2006.

Olympics minister Hugh Robertson said: "We are under budget and ahead of time and as a nation we have a reputation of really getting behind these big events."

Our website bbcukchina.com is also marking the start of the one-year countdown as we launch , a new weekly video series.

词汇表:

to be under starter's orders (体育成语)做好了开始的准备

to mark something 标志什么

countdown 倒计时

a leap year 闰年

to be unveiled 即将揭晓

a landmark 一个标志性建筑

prestigious 享有声望的

to back something 支持某件事

under budget 在预算之内

to get behind something 支持、撑腰

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