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The 2012 Summer Olympics , officially the Games of the XXX Olympiad [ 2 ] and commonly known as London 2012 , was a major international multi-sport event celebrated in the tradition of the Olympic Games , as governed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It took place in London , United Kingdom, from 27 July to 12 August 2012.
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Olympic sports are sports contested in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games .
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The modern Olympic Games ( French : les Jeux olympiques , JO [ 1 ] ) is the leading international sporting event featuring summer and winter sports competitions in which thousands of athletes participate in a variety of competitions . The Olympic Games are considered to be the world's foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations participating. [ 2 ] The Olympic Games are held quadrennially, (every four years) with the Summer and Winter Games alternating, meaning they each occur every four years but two years apart. Their creation was inspired by the ancient Olympic Games , which were held in Olympia, Greece , from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. Baron Pierre de Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894. The IOC is the governing body of the Olympic Movement , with the Olympic Charter defining its structure and authority.