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London's Olympic legacy: 'We have to start with a new generation'

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One year on from London’s finest hour, there’s one question being asked: was it worth it? It’s a simple query, but one without a straightforward answer.

The Olympic Stadium - what next?

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Capacity: 60,000
Features: Two running tracks.
Selling point: Forever synonymous with the highs of Super Saturday.
Opens: TBC

Eton Manor - what next?

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Capacity: 3,000-seat hockey stadium.
Features: Two hockey pitches, four indoor (and six outdoor) tennis courts, floodlit, water-based hockey training pitch.
Selling point: Capacity can rise to 15,000.
Opens: Spring 2014.

The Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on the site of Eton Manor will act as a regional centre of excellence for wheelchair tennis.

Velodrome - what next?

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Capacity: 6,000
Features: The 250m indoor velodrome will also contain a new conditioning gym and bike workshop.
Selling point: The velodrome will form the heart of the new Lee Valley VeloPark – one of Europe’s best centres for cycling.
Opens: Early 2014.

Aquatics Centre - what next?

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Capacity: 2,500 permanent seats, able to expand to 3,500.
Features: Two 50m Olympic-sized pools, 25m Olympic-sized diving pool, dry-dive training facility with trampolines.
Selling point: Another GLL-operated venue, you’ll be able to swim here for the same price as the average east London swimming baths.
Opens: Spring 2014.

Copper Box - what next?

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Capacity: 7,500 including field of play; 6,000 without.
Features: 24 marked courts for badminton, basketball, five-a-side football, handball, netball, volleyball.
Selling point: Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) will manage the venue, and LLDC have promised it will cost no more to hire a court in the Copper Box than the average price in a local leisure centre.
Opens: July 2013.

The Olympic Park - what next?

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Officially renamed Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on January 1, the 2.5 square kilometre site that hosted some of London 2012’s finest moments, from Super Saturday in the stadium to the unforgettable tears of big Bert le Clos in the Aquatics Centre, is now the world’s most security-conscious building site.

Back to the Future: the Olympic Park legacy

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The Sporting Moment of the Year: Saturday gets Super

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Team GB athletes turn a former patch of east London wasteland into hallowed ground.

Athletics is simple – who can run fastest, jump highest, throw furthest? But rarely in British sporting history has it looked that way. In Beijing four years ago, there was a solitary gold medal for Team GB on the track, won by Christine Ohuruogu, and a grand total of four medals altogether. A repeat performance in the showpiece event of a home Olympic Games did not even bear thinking about.

Eternal flame

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Frankly, the chance to relive 2012’s glorious Olympic summer whenever we want means we’d have invested in this hotly anticipated DVD set even if all the BBC’s original commentary had been replaced by analysis from Trevor Nelson. Auntie has, however, been far kinder to us than that.

Treats include a specially edited opening ceremony – with the option of watching it accompanied by commentary from Danny Boyle and writer Frank Cottrell Boyce, as they reveal the vision behind all that magical madness.

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