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March 9, 2012 5:02 pm

The Olympics in Britain: past and present

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The 2012 Olympics will be the third Olympic Games to have taken place in Britain.

The UK stepped in as host for the 1908 Olympics after Mount Vesuvius erupted in 1906 and Italy stepped down. Britain had just two years to prepare, but managed to build a stadium, which encompassed a running track, a cycling track and a swimming pool. Some events, such as bicycle polo and tug-of-war, have not been kept as Olympic sports, and many rules and regulations had yet to be established.

Britain hosted the first post-war games in 1948, again with very little time to prepare. Rationing was still in force and they were the first games to be shown on television.

Take a tour of old and new British Olympic venues and see how the games have developed in this interactive slideshow.

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