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First giant Olympic Rings unveiled in London

2011-03-04 06:27:50 GMT2011-03-04 14:27:50(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

A set of Olympic Rings, 20 meters long and 9 meters wide, is seen after being unveiled at the St. Pancras International Station in London, Britain, March 3, 2011. The St. Pancras Station is the terminal of the Eurostar trains which will connect continental Europe and the London Olympic Park during the 2012 London Olympic Games. It will take only 7 minutes to reach the Olympic Park by high-speed trains from the station. (Xinhua/Zeng Yi)

London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) Chairman Sebastian Coe speaks before unveiling a set of Olympic Rings at the St. Pancras International Station in London, Britain, March 3, 2011. The St. Pancras Station is the terminal of the Eurostar trains which will connect continental Europe and the London Olympic Park during the 2012 London Olympic Games. It will take only 7 minutes to reach the Olympic Park by high-speed trains from the station. (Xinhua/Zeng Yi)

London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) chairman Sebastian Coe (L) and the Mayor of London Boris Johnson unveils a set of Olympic Rings at the St. Pancras International Station in London, Britain, March 3, 2011. The St. Pancras Station is the terminal of the Eurostar trains which will connect continental Europe and the London Olympic Park during the 2012 London Olympic Games. It will take only 7 minutes to reach the Olympic Park by high-speed trains from the station. (Xinhua/Zeng Yi)

Children celebrate the unveiling of a set of Olympic Rings which is 20 meters long and 9 meters wide at the St. Pancras International Station in London, Britain, March 3, 2011. The St. Pancras Station is the terminal of the Eurostar trains which will connect continental Europe and the London Olympic Park during the 2012 London Olympic Games. It will take only 7 minutes to reach the Olympic Park by high-speed trains from the station. (Xinhua/Zeng Yi)

London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) chairman Sebastian Coe (L) and the Mayor of London Boris Johnson unveils a set of Olympic Rings at the St. Pancras International Station in London, Britain, March 3, 2011. The St. Pancras Station is the terminal of the Eurostar trains which will connect continental Europe and the London Olympic Park during the 2012 London Olympic Games. It will take only 7 minutes to reach the Olympic Park by high-speed trains from the station. (Xinhua/Zeng Yi)

LONDON, March 3 (Xinhua) -- London's first set of giant Olympic Rings was unveiled at St Pancras International station on Thursday, with 512 days to go to the opening of the 2012 Olympic Games.

The aluminium Rings measuring 20 meters wide by 9 meters high was revealed by LOCOG chairman Sebastian Coea and Mayor of London Boris Johnson. It was suspended from the roof at St Pancras International station from which the Javelin Service will take 25,000 visitors per hour to and from the Games in a seven minute journey to Stratford International.

Coe said: "The Olympic Rings are an iconic symbol, inspiring athletes and uniting people around the world. To athletes they represent the culmination of thousands of hours of training and reaching the highest level in sport. To Londoners and visitors alike, they will excite and inspire them about being in a host city and demonstrate that we are ready to welcome the world in 2012."

"Unveiling the first set of Olympic Rings at St Pancras International provides a fantastic glimpse into how the capital is gearing up for this unique event. London is embracing its role of host city and I am determined to turn this enthusiasm into a lasting legacy for the city for generations to come," said Johnson.

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