Olympic bid takes flight

The first visualisations of the proposed 2012 London Olympics were released this week, showing an 80,000-seater stadium with roof sections resembling huge insect wings (above). The images are designed to impress on the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which will select the winning Olympic bid, that London will have the best purpose-built facilities of all the shortlisted cities. The stadium uses the concept of human form to celebrate the athletes that will take part in the games. The roof wraps itself around the stands in a similar fashion to the way that muscles support the human body. Bid chairman Sebastian Coe said: "We aim to end up with the best collection of sports facilities in Europe, maybe anywhere in the world." London 2012 is due to submit its full application to the IOC next week.

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