In our latest sponsor 123 feature we talk to Gilles Albaredes, the managing director of Crystal CG International, about his excitement in helping to bring the London 2012 Opening and Closing Ceremonies to life and look back on his fond memories of watching fellow Frenchman Guy Drut win gold at Montreal 1976.
Chris English, McDonald's head of Olympic volunteering, talks us through the Games Maker programme and his joy at watching Britain's coxless four clinching gold at the Athens 2004 Games in our latest sponsor 123 feature.
This week, to celebrate McDonald's renewing its worldwide sponsorship of the Olympics until 2020, we turn the focus on Don Thompson, the company's President and chief operating officer, for our 123 feature.
In this, our first sponsor 123 feature, we put Simon Langford, GE UK's manager of corporate communications for London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, and city infrastructure programme under the spotlight to get his views on the Olympic and Paralympic Movement.
At the Opening Ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin future French First Lady Carla Bruni played a starring role. She appeared in a section of the event which paid tribute to the Italian flag. Bruni, a former model and well-known singer, followed 26 Olympic medallists in white suits and gowns marching in two files into the Stadio Olimpico Bruni wore a sparkling gown by Giorgio Armani, inspired by crystal and ice. She met French President Nicolas Sarkozy the following year and they married in February 2008.
The Olympic flame is set to visit the Eleonas Refugee Camp in Athens later this week for what will be a high-profile visit. But, as Philip Barker reports, the Olympics has always tried to accommodate athletes who are stateless or are victims of war and civil unrest