LA City Council, British Consulate salute the 2012 London Olympics

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Councilmember Tom LaBonge wearing Rod Dixon's 1972 bronze medal.

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Former olympic winner Rod Dixon puts his bronze medal on Councilmember Tom Labonge's neck during the Los Angeles salute to the 2012 Olympic games in London.

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Posters were handed out to those present at the Los Angeles salute to the 2012 olympic games.

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the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

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Barry Sanders of the Board of Commissioners of the Recreation and Parks Department, speaks to the crowd during LA's saulte to the 2012 Olympic games. "It's young people that matter the most. the athletes and the people who aspire to be athletes. Olympic athletes and just personal athletes. London is showing the way and the rest of us will follow," said Sanders.

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U.K. Ambassador Barbara Hay speaks to fellow ambassadors from around the world during Los Angeles' saute to the 2012 Olympic games. "In addition to delivering a safe and successful games, we want london 2012 to keep a practical lasting legacy," said Hay.

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Barry Sanders of the Board of Commissioners of the Recreation and Parks Department, speaks to the crowd during LA's saulte to the 2012 Olympic games. "We salute london from this iconic place in los angeles. This place that stands for legacy. And we do so with warm hearts and with great anticipation of great thing," said Sanders.

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(Left to right) Barry Sanders of the Board of Commissioners of the Recreation and Parks Department, U.K. Ambassador Barbara Hay and Councilmember Tom LaBonge pose for photos during the LA salute to the 2012 London Olympic games.

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U.K. Ambassador Barbara Hay listens to Councilmember Tom LaBonge speaks during Los Angeles' salute to the 2012 London Olympic games on June 25, 2012.


The L.A. City Council joined forces with the British Consulate Monday to give a tip of the hat to London's 2012 Olympics. An audience of ambassadors and journalists gathered at the main entrance of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as ambassadors and councilmen took to the podium to pay tribute the Games.

"We salute London from this iconic place, Los Angeles," said Barry Sanders of the Parks Department. "This place that stands for legacy. And we do so with warm hearts and with great anticipation of great thing."

Sanders was joined by Councilmember Tom LaBonge and the Honorable Dame Barbara Hay, the Consulate's Consul-General. Rod Dixon, a former Olympic bronze medal winner from New Zealand, also spoke.

"On the 27th of July, turn it on [the TV] and keep on watching," said Anita DeFrantz of the LA84 Foundation. "You are going see some remarkable, remarkable stories told to the entire world."

L.A.'s Coliseum is the only place to host the Olympic Games twice. Councilmember Tom LaBonge showed the Ambassadors around the monolith, then capped the proceedings by lighting the "Olympic Cauldron."

With contributions by Paige Osburn

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