Giant Olympic Rings Unveiled in Surrey
By Community | July 19, 2012
The Rings are set to provide a spectacular backdrop to the Road Race competition and Surrey’s London 2012 celebrations.
The Rings have been installed on the side of the National Trust’s Box Hill. Made of aluminium they are approximately 15m wide by 7m high and will be an exciting feature in the county for the duration of the Olympic Games.
The Road Race competition will begin on the 28 July and 29 July and spectators at Box Hill are set to get a fantastic view of the events. Labelled the most gruelling stretch of the course – the men’s race will loop Box Hill nine times and the women’s twice.
Seb Coe, therapy 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 local people and visitors to Box Hill.”
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.”
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 Trial event on 1 August.