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19/11/04
'Living' Stadium Leads London Bid
- Count down begins to Olympic plans deadline day

WITH ONE week to go before London's bid team must put its plans forward to the International Olympic Committee, things look to be shaping up well.

The 15th of November is the deadline for all remaining cities vying for the 2012 Olympics to hand in their detailed plans for the Olympic village and stadiums. Early indications are that London's planners have come up with a stunning design for the showpiece of any Olympics - the main athletics stadium.

"Our stadium will provide the best natural conditions for the world's athletes," said London bid leader Lord Seb Coe.

The theme of the stadium is to provide an intriguing and inspiring analogy to the human body. "We're trying to make the building communicate physical strength, sport and movement," said stadium designer Alejandro Zaero-Pollo.

One way the design team have managed this is for the retractable roof to echo the flexing of muscle.

Great attention has also been spent on the position of the stadium, set in the Lea Valley, east London. "From a competitor's point of view, to be able to be in the village and see the main stadium as well as the Olympic flame makes it so much more inspiring and real," said Decathlon gold medal champion, Daley Thompson.





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