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As the Olympics kick off, here are some non-sports-related London Games victories to celebrate:
Organizers are calling these the “greenest” Games yet, having put sustainability at the heart of the project. Cyclists will race around a track made from sustainably-sourced Siberian pine at the velodrome, which also uses a fully natural ventilation system (i.e., no air conditioning) and collects rainwater from its sloped roof for its main water usage.
The main Olympic stadium is built from just a tenth of the amount of steel used to build the Bird’s Nest stadium for the Beijing Games and includes a roof made of 2,500 tons of steel tubing from recycled gas pipelines. And the water polo arena is made from easily recyclable polyvinyl chloride material, or PVC, so it can be torn down after the games so the materials can be reused for construction..
The non-medal victories touch other areas as well. Much of Olympic Park was developed in the city’s most rundown neighborhoods. And for the first time in Olympic history, every country will have at least one female athlete.
There promises to be plenty of inspiration to draw from as we marvel not only at the world’s greatest athletes but these and other historic aspects of 2012 Summer Olympics. Let the Games begin!