The latest set of giant Olympic Rings has been unveiled on 20 December on the entrance to the Channel Tunnel in France. The Channel Tunnel will be one of the main gateways from Europe to the London 2012 Games.
The Rings have been placed at the entrance of the Tunnel in Coquelles in northern France. One of the world’s most recognisable symbols, they will be seen by hundreds of thousands of fans who are travelling on Eurostar trains to St Pancras International.
Measuring 9.4m wide and 4.6m high, the Rings were built in Lille and transported in segments to the Channel Tunnel entrance near Calais. The manufacturing and placement of the Rings has been privately financed by Eurotunnel, who have worked closely with the French National Olympic Committee.
London 2012 Organising Committee Chair Seb Coe said: ‘The Olympic Rings are an iconic symbol, inspiring athletes and uniting people around the world.
‘To visitors travelling from Europe they will excite and inspire them about the Olympic Games taking place in London, and demonstrate that we are ready to welcome the world in 2012.’
The first set of giant Olympic Rings was unveiled at St Pancras International in March 2011.