London 2012 Olympics

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London Paralympics aim for record sell-out

Members of Paralympics GB are training in front of loudspeakers to get them used to the crowds expected during their Games.

The event, which starts in two weeks' time, is on course to sell out for the first time in its 64 year history.

And to help achieve that place in the record books, more tickets have gone on sale today.

Here's our Olympics Correspondent Simon Harris.

U.S. Olympic Team donates to London kids' charity

U.S Silver medallists April Ross and Jen Kessy present a check to Kid's Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh Credit: M&C Saatchi

The United States Olympic Team has thanked Great Britain for its generosity and hospitality during the Olympic Games by making a donation to the children's charity Kids Company.

The U.S team donated £100 for each of the 104 medals it won at London 2012.

Olympic beach volleyball silver medallists, Jen Kessy and April Ross presented a £10,400 check to the organization.

“The atmosphere in London has been incredible,” said Kessy. “Everyone has been so friendly and supportive; it has made our first Olympic experience unforgettable.”

“We are truly grateful to be part of such a wonderful campaign,” said Ross. “After visiting Kids Company and learning about all the things they do for children, it’s touching to know that we were able to contribute to such a great cause by winning a medal for Team USA.”

Counting the cost of 2012

Despite the success of the Olympics, there are some here in London, who believe the Games have not been so great for them, who say they're still counting the cost of the Olympics.

One restaurateur says her takings have been down so far, she's sending a 90 thousand pound bill to Boris Johnson.


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