I'm Wenlock - The mascot of the London 2012 Olympic Games
Firstly, I love sport (especially the Olympic ones) and I want to be as good at them as I can. I also love making friends who show me exciting new things to try and help me achieve my personal best. If they can make me laugh along the way... even better!
Modern Pentathlon competitions are staged over a single day. The first element is fencing, in which athletes are required to fence against every other athlete. The fencing is followed by swimming (200m freestyle) and riding (jumping over a 12-jump course). Athletes are given a score for each element of the competition. After the first three elements, the athletes’ total scores are converted into a time handicap. The handicap determines the starting times for the combined event, in which athletes are required to shoot five targets within 70 seconds (three times) and run 1,000m (three times). The winner of the competition is the athlete who crosses the finish line first.
Highlights for today include artist Tracey Emin carrying the Flame at the Turner Gallery in Margate... Olympian Steven Backley will run with the Flame in Ramsgate, while Joseph Smith, 78, who became the oldest Briton ever to swim the English Channel at the age of 65, will also carry the Flame. To add to the list of landmarks visited on the Torch Relay, the Flame will also be carried through the grounds of Canterbury Cathedral today. The evening celebration will take place at Leeds Castle in Maidstone and will feature a variety of entertainment, including a performance of The River Runs Through, commissioned by Maidstone Borough Council and Kent County Council and performed by local children and adults. It tells the story of Maidstone through history using the iconic images from Maidstone's coat of arms.
A spokesman for London 2012 denied any claims of a pro-Israel conspiracy in a statement today.
"The London 2012 logo represents the year 2012, nothing else," he said. "It was launched in 2007 following testing and consultation. We are surprised that this complaint has been made now."
This is not the first time the imagery, which cost a reported £400,000 to design has caused uproar.
The emblem features an array of colours and jagged edges which intend to spell out '2012' and not Zion, a biblical term which is widely recognised to refer to the city of Jerusalem.
But Mohammad Aliabadi, head of the National Olympic Committee in the Islamic republic, insisted the logo was a sign of "racism".
In a letter to International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge, he wrote: "Unfortunately, we all are witnessing that the upcoming Olympics ... faces a serious challenge, definitely spawned out of some people's racist spirit.
What happens in a Victory Ceremony?
A Victory Ceremony usually takes place soon after a medal event finishes. The athletes who came first, second and third stand on a podium, with the winner in the middle. Their names are called out and the medals and flowers are given to them by an official: gold for first place, silver for second and bronze for third. The flags of the athletes' countries are then raised, and the national anthem of the gold medallist’s nation is played.
Spreading the light from Greece: the modern Games
A very precise ritual for the lighting of the Flame is followed at every Games. It is lit from the sun's rays at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, in a traditional ceremony among the ruins of the home of the ancient Games.
After a short relay around Greece, the Flame is handed over to the new Host City at another ceremony in the Panathenaiko stadium in Athens.
The Flame is then delivered to the Host Country, where it is transferred from one Torchbearer to another, spreading the message of peace, unity and friendship. It ends its journey as the last Torchbearer lights the cauldron at the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in the Olympic Stadium, marking the official start of the Games.
The Flame is extinguished on the final day of the Games, at the Closing Ceremony.
The Olympic Truce has its origins in ancient Greece. The Truce allowed athletes, artists and spectators to travel to Olympia to participate in the Olympic Games and return home in peace.
In the early 1990s, the International Olympic Committee revived the tradition of the Olympic Truce. In the modern Olympic Games, the Truce aims to highlight how sport can bring the world together without racism, politics or prejudice.
Before every Summer and Winter Games, the government of the next host country is asked to take a resolution, entitled ‘Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal’, and present it to the UN General Assembly.
After the Host Nation's flag has been raised and the national anthem played, the spectacular Parade of Athletes will begin. Teams enter in alphabetical order, according to the language of the Host Country, apart from the team of the Host Nation (in this case ParalympicsGB), who march in last.
The Opening Ceremony is a celebration showcasing the best of the Host Nation. It also features a parade of all competing nations and the highly anticipated entrance of the Paralympic Flame, which ignites the Cauldron and signals the start of the Games.
The London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony will include more than 3,000 adult volunteers, a children volunteer cast of over 100, and 100-plus professionals. In a groundbreaking, inclusive staging, the Ceremony will showcase the excellence of deaf and disabled artists and will open with a fly past by Aerobility, a British charity that trains disabled people to become pilots.