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Right Horse Guards Parade provided a unique venue for the beach volleyball Below Throngs of fans flocked to Hyde Park for concerts and sporting action throughout the Games Iwas lucky enough to travel to the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games as an IOC Young Reporter and witness first hand how sport has the power to bring people together. The London 2012 Olympic Games proved that again but on an even bigger scale. The party was wherever anybody wanted it to be as the Olympic spirit reverberated across the world.Ignited by the Olympic torch relay that lit up 95 per cent of the British population within an hour of its 8,000-mile journey, energy and enthusiasm beamed from Britain across 16 glorious days of sporting competition. Everyone seemed to open their door to the Games, whether it was to travel to a London 2012 venue, catch a glimpse of the Olympic torch, or simply discuss the latest Olympic news with their neighbours. The host city itself was alive and buzzing with both locals and visitors of all ages gripped by the party atmosphere.The noise at the ExCeL boxing arena reportedly hit a high of 113 decibels for the arrival of Irish star Katie Taylor, (a jet engine records 140 decibels) and the Olympic Stadium, Velodrome and Copper Box - dubbed "The Box that Rocks" - were among other venues where fans raised similarly ear-splitting noise levels. Newspapers reported that up to one million people lined the roads of London and Surrey for the men's cycling road race on the first Saturday of Olympic competition, and the big turnout was repeated the following day - despite the rain - at the women's race and then for the cycling time trials, marathons and triathlons. Even for those who didn't have tickets to live events, the passion was evident everywhere. Teeming crowds gathered in parks across London to watch the Games on giant television screens at BT Live Sites, absorbed by the action. With blankets, flags and children in tow, millions became hooked on the atmosphere and engrossed by the mix of live music and sporting action. And LOCOG ensured that PARTY GAMES

Far right The noise levels inside the Olympic Stadium reached a crescendo when Britain's Mo Farah won his second gold of the Games in the men's 5,000mRight Fans travelled from all over the world to attend the Games, creating a carnival atmosphere in every venue'Energy and enthusiasm beamed from Britain across 16 glorious days of sporting competition... The noise at the ExCeL boxing arena reportedly hit a high of 113 decibels for the arrival of Irish star Katie Taylor'there was something for everyone, with 12 million people taking advantage of the Cultural Olympiad programme, which saw a 12-week-long calendar of events and performances take place across the country, designed to complement the Games and promote British culture. From the BT River of Music concerts to the avant-garde German play Big and Small starring Cate Blanchett, there was a stream of performances staged everywhere from the Giant's Causeway to Hadrian's Wall. Other notable events included a Lucian Freud exhibition and a David Hockney show at the Royal Academy. Neil Jenkinson, who lives in south London, visited the ExCeL Arena to watch several table tennis sessions and also took in some weightlifting events. He felt the most unique side effect of the Olympic Games happened far away from the venues. "I've lived in London most of my life and people generally keep their heads down and don't chat socially but that's changed during the Games," he said. "The Games have made London and Britain a more friendly place to be."Whether people enjoyed the atmosphere close-up, or travelled to the Games from half a world away, it was clear that this was a Games where the passion and the energy of the fans was befitting of the incredible sporting action on show. ?OLYMPIC REVIEW 67PARTY GAMES