Giant Olympic rings reminiscent of Hollywood’s famous sign have been unveiled in Surrey today (19 July).
The huge structure on the side of the National Trust’s Box Hill will become “one of the most memorable icons of the Games” when Mark Cavendish’s bid for gold is beamed to millions of televisions across the world.
Labelled the most gruelling stretch of the Olympic cycling road race route, the men will have to tackle nine loops of Box Hill on 28 July while the women complete two on 29 July.
Helyn Clack, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games, said: “This proves the Games aren’t just about London. Surrey’s giant Olympic rings will become one of the most memorable icons of the Games with television cameras sending pictures of it around the world. It will encourage people to visit our beautiful county not just now, but for years to come.”
Seb Coe, LOCOG Chair, 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. These rings will excite and inspire residents and visitors to Box Hill.”
Andy Wright, National Trust Countryside Manager for the Surrey Hills, added: “We’re so proud to showcase this special place to the world. For us the rings are a symbol of what an amazing place Box Hill is, what an amazing journey it has been on over the past few years and what a fantastic legacy the Olympics will leave here, particularly for wildlife.”
Surrey is also hosting the Olympic road cycling time trials on 1 August.
People wanting to catch the action in Surrey are being urged to plan in advance.
Mrs Clack said: “There’ll be huge crowds and lots of road closures so we’re urging people to plan ahead as it will be difficult to get around. We’d encourage people to visit gosurrey.info for all they need to know to prepare in advance and make the most of the events.”
Visit gosurrey.info for more information on the 2012 Games in Surrey.
Journalists requiring more information, can contact Surrey County Council media officer Nicole Herlihy on 020 8541 8039 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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