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London 2012 Olympics £11 billion target met

One of Britain's leading lights from London 2012, Tom Daley, won a bronze medal. Credit: Adrian Dennis/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A four-year target of raising £11 billion worth of economic benefit from the London Olympics has been met in 12 months, the Government has announced.

The country has benefited from new foreign investment, additional sales and firms winning contracts since last summer's events, according to a report.

The total includes £130 million of contracts won by UK companies for next year's soccer World Cup in Brazil, and the next Olympic Games, in Rio in 2016.

Harry Potter star to take on role of Lord Coe

Daniel Radcliffe looks set to play London 2012 boss Lord Coe in a film about his track battles with fellow athlete Steve Ovett three decades ago. The Harry Potter actor will star in 'Gold', which looks at the tense rivalry between the middle distance runners.

Daniel Radcliffe Credit: Press Association

The competition between Ovett and Sebastian Coe is seen as one of the greatest sporting rivalries as they dominated middle distance running, setting world records and amassing medals.


Olympic volunteers: One year on

All this week we're looking at the legacy of the London Olympics one year on, and asking whether its main aims are being achieved.

One of its commitments was to inspire more people to volunteer.

A recent survey found that almost half of Londoners were inspired by the Games to volunteer for the first time, or more often.

Simon Harris has been to meet one of last year's gamesmakers, to find out if he's still giving up his time to help others.

London 2012 revisited

London 2012 volunteers enjoy the pool Credit: Debbie Rowe

One year on from the London Olympics, a new photography exhibition looks at the Games impact on some of the 70 thousand volunteers.

The free display, at Stratfords 'ViewTube' tells a visual story about 17 gamesmakers who made the whole thing possible.

Cyber security chief: 'The clock was ticking'

"There was a suggestion that there was a credible attack on the electricity infrastructure supporting the Games.

The clock was absolutely ticking.

We effectively switched to manual, or had the facility to switch to manual.

It's a very crude way of describing it, but effectively we had lots of technicians stationed at various points."

– Oliver Hoare, London 2012 head of cyber security
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'Cyber attack' threat to 2012 Olympics

The London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony Credit: Reuters

Security experts have revealed that they received suggestions of a cyber attack targeted at the opening ceremony of last summer's Olympic Games.

Oliver Hoare, head of cyber security for the Games, told the BBC he received a phone call from government listening post GCHQ on the day of the opening ceremony.

There were concerns that the lights in the Olympic stadium could have been turned off during the ceremony.

The threat failed to materialise and the ceremony went off without a hitch, but security officials revealed that they had put extensive precautions in place to withstand such an attack.

Mr Hoare said he" twitched" every time the lights in the stadium dimmed as he watched the ceremony at home with his family.


An Olympic 'I do'

The Olympic Stadium Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Couples could soon be able to marry with the Olympic Park as their backdrop. Legacy bosses have applied for a licence to hold civil marriage and partnership ceremonies on top of the "Orbit" - the 260-foot high tower which overlooks the entire park.

Young Poet Laureate required!

The London Legacy Development Corporation is looking for 6 young poets Credit: Stephen Pond/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The search has begun to find a young poet who will perform in and around the Olympic Park.

Aged between 18 and 25 and from London, they will become the London Legacy Development Corporation's Young Poet Laureate for a year and take part in several events.

This would include some big and little moments within the life of the area in Stratford, east London, as the Park reopens in phases a year after the London 2012 Games.

The work of the young poet should reflect "the changing capital" city, the LLDC said.

LLDC chief executive Dennis Hone said: "This programme is part of ambitious plans for arts and culture in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the surrounding area. It is our vision for east London to be a thriving cultural district, and the Park will play a key part in that transformation."

Applications are invited to become one of six young poets who will take part in events and workshops over the summer before the overall winner is named.

More information on the Young Poet Laureate for London can be found online at

Applications close on June 24.

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