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If you've been following the Olympics on NBC at all, it's been pretty much drilled into your head that United Airlines is the official airlines of the US Olympic Team. Their ads, which ran like every other commercial break, presented the Star Alliance carrier as something like the silent partner in Team USA's success at London 2012. But now that the Games are over and the Closing Ceremony has the world wondering why the UK considers Russell Brand a national treasure, the athletes have got to fly home.
This morning, United's twitter account (@united) lit up with enthusiasm over the arrival at Chicago-O'Hare of Flight 929 from London-Heathrow. On the tarmac, multiple water cannon salutes welcomed the aircraft. In the terminal, multiple Olympians poured into baggage claim. Team USA was back..
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Not only does KLM consistently kill it across their social media, but they've inched ahead of other airline Olympics ads through the magical combination of creativity and airplane porn in these two images, comparing the peak performance positions of actual Olympic athletes to their own aircraft. The hidden message? That KLM, like Olympians, is at the top of their game.
London's brand new Olympic Park might be in the spotlight this month, but back here in the U.S. we have a few Olympic Parks of our own that still need some attention.
Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park, which hosted the 1996 Olympic Games, is always looking for volunteers to help maintain the park and participate in special events, including concerts and holiday activities. For more information on volunteering at Centennial Olympic Park, visit Centennialpark.com.
Salt Lake City's Utah Olympic Park also depends on volunteers to assist in community events, activities, and competitions that take place at the park all year since the park hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics. Whether you are interested in volunteering for a few hours or an entire season, you can get more information about the Utah Olympic Park's volunteer program at utaholympiclegacy.com.
As U.S. Olympians begin bringing home their medals this week, most are being greeted with a hero's welcome.
Last night, 15-year-od Olympic gold medalist swimmer and Bethesda, Maryland resident Katie Ledecky returned home from London to a crowd of fans and classmates at Dulles International Airport.
Just in case you were wondering...yes, we here at Jaunted do have one of our intrepid writers over in London to report on the London 2012 Olympics, but as our way is not the way of NBC or other traditional media, we're not going to inundate you with breathless coverage you can easily find literally anywhere else.
Instead, for all your immediate Olympics needs, pop over to our partner-in-crime Conde Nast Traveler, who've been going above and beyond events and athletes to reflect on Olympics location histories and even share vintage Olympics graphic design.
Here's five pieces of what we consider necessary reading to fill you daily quota of being-distracted-by-Olympic-facts:
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You've taken our advice and nutritionally prepared yourself for the London 2012 Olympics. You've done your background reading on the special-edition Olympics airplanes from various airlines. You're caught up on the "please don't flee the country" ad campaign that British Airways has been running.
How about some pictures and videos of the various "Animal Olympics" being held at zoos around the world this weekend and through the rest of summer? Happy Friday.
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In case you haven't heard it a gazillion times already, the opening ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics are tonight. The athletes and their families have arrived, as have the majority of tourists who purchased the 8 million tickets for the 17 days of events.
This means that while Heathrow and other London airports aren't nearly as crazy as they were earlier this week, the center of the city is swelling with sightseers. So, for locals who'd like to stay as far away from all that as possible, or for visitors who want to know where all the action's at, location-sharing social app Foursquare has tapped their stats to discover the busiest venues around London:
Top 10 - Great Outdoors
Oxford Circus X Crossing
St James' Park
The Regent's Park
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Today is Tuesday. The Opening Ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics are this Friday. That means right now is prime check-in time at the Olympic Village for the thousands of athletes competing in the games.
First of all, they've got to get to London. Though the Japanese and Australian Olympic committees have been taking heat for sexism in the seating of their Olympians on flights (boys in Business, girls in Economy), at least we know that the US teams will all be eating the same "beef or chicken?" on United.
United has been the official airline for the US Olympic team since 1984. That's 27 years and counting.
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Even better than the fact that women from all over the globe now pilot commercial aircraft, we've progressed to where female flight attendants will summarily eject douchebag passengers who make sexist jokes about those pilots. We're totally serious about these being very good things.
Except apparently we haven't advanced that far. There's news coming out of the Olympics that the Japanese and Australian sports committees booked male athletes going to London in business class seats while relegating female athletes to coach. Seriously.
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This week marks the moment most of us have been waiting for after the city announcement came in 2005. This Friday, London will be on center stage as it hosts the Opening Ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Thousands of athletes from nations all over the world have already been converging on the British city, clogging up the airports with their gear bags.
It very common for the Olympics host country to give their national flag carrying airline a new paint job advertising the world's largest sporting event. We have already talked about what British Airways have done to some of their metal, but it is worth another mention, as well as a highlight of what other airlines are getting in on the Olympic spirit.
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Earlier this week, London-Heathrow Airport let us in on a few secrets of what'll be going down within their terminals during the upcoming Olympics. We're talking javelins and firearms in checked baggage and 1,000 local volunteers just to show people to right way off their planes.
Today, Heathrow has some direct advice for all of you about to board a long-haul flight, whether it's over to them for the Games, or elsewhere, for vacation or work. Taking health hints from the Olympics, Heathrow devised a plan for beating jet lag as well as generally staying healthy during longer periods of travel.
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This is the home stretch, you guys. There's just a week and a half left before the London 2012 Olympics kick off with their bombastic Opening Ceremony, and the athletes, their families, volunteers and press all began streaming into the UK yesterday.
According to London-Heathrow Airport, the main gateway for those arriving, the stream has only just begun: "The busiest day for arriving athletes is expected to be 24 July when 1,262 athletes and 3,008 Games Family arrivals are predicted."