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From Olympic elite to a public pool: Aquatics Centre opens with a splash

In 2012, it was the Olympic venue where dreams came true for some of our best swimmers. But from today, the multi-million pound Aquatic Centre in Stratford is open to everyone. And for those who were there first, there was someone rather famous to give them some pointers, as Luke Hanrahan reports.

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  1. Simon Harris: Political Correspondent

50-metre swimming pools, a diving pool and a gym

Eighteen months after the end of London 2012, the wings are gone and the ugly duckling has finally turned into a swan. The Aquatics Centre boasts two 50-metre swimming pools, a diving pool, dry diving room and a gym.

. Credit: ITV News/Simon Harris

The swimming complex was commissioned in 2004 when London was still considered an outsider in the race to host the 2012 Olympics.

. Credit: ITV News/Simon Harris
  1. Simon Harris: Political Correspondent

First glimpse at UK's most expensive leisure centre

The most expensive leisure centre ever built in Britain will be unveiled today four days before it opens to the public.

. Credit: ITV News/Simon Harris

The £250m London Aquatics Centre was meant to be the iconic venue of the 2012 Olympic Games. But the sweeping curves of the 3,000 tonne roof were hidden by two temporary "wings" containing 15,000 spectator seats.

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