Monday Memo - Euro 2012; London Festival; Olympic Day; U.S. Trials
Euro 2012 transitions from pool play to knockout rounds this week in Poland and the Ukraine.
Germany opened strong with wins over Portugal and the Netherlands. (Getty Images)
Group A was the first to wrap up Saturday followed by Group B on Sunday. Group C comes to a close Monday and Group D on Tuesday.
Only the top two finishers from each will live on into the latter half of the week.
Quarterfinals are slated for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Warsaw, Donetsk, Gdansk and Kiev.
Semis are scheduled for June 27 and 28 with the final to follow July 1.
London 2012 Festival
Thursday’s opening concert to the London 2012 Festival officially launches the 12-week series of 12,000 events during the Games.
Gustavo Dudamel. (LOCOG)
Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel will lead upwards of 300 musicians in a special outdoor performance from Stirling, Scotland that will be broadcast by BBC Four, BBC Radio Scotland and 22 live sites across the U.K.
to search through the other 11,999 events that make up the London 2012 Festival.
U.S. Olympic Trials
USA’s largest Olympic teams start to take shape this week at the trials for USA Track & Field.
Events begins Thursday and end July 1 at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
Trials for swimming run June 25 through July 2 with gymnastics to follow June 28 to July 1.
Together, those three teams accounted for 64 of USA’s table-topping 110 total medals at Beijing 2008.
Olympic Day Celebrations
Bid cities, NOCs, organizing committees and sports enthusiasts worldwide will observe Olympic Day on June 23, the day the IOC was founded in 1894.
More than a thousand guests filled the lawn behind IOC headquarters for Olympic Day in 2010. (ATR)
The occasion is remembered annually throughout the Olympic Movement with parties, promotions and, most often, fun runs ranging from 5k to a full marathon.
Check back later in the week for a complete rundown of Saturday’s observances.
Written by Matthew Grayson
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