London opens 2012 Olympic Stadium
Some 40,000 people gathered in East London despite the rain and chilly weather as the stadium opened its gates to the public and athletes for the first time.Nine-year-old Niamh Clarke-Willis and Lord Sebastian Coe, the head of the London Olympics Organizing Committee, pushed a button which launched balloons into the sky, kicking off a seven-day test of the Olympic Park. The 80,000-seat stadium will host more than 140,000 spectators over the coming days. "It's a fantastic feeling. The seven years have just flown by. Tonight is only the start of the story,” Lord Coe said. "We want thousands of young people to be inspired to take up sport. We hope that for a few of them it will be the start of their journey."