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This large screen at the TFDL displays a tennis match during the 2012 London Olympics.
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U of C showcasing the Olympic Games

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To celebrate the Olympic spirit, many locations at the University of Calgary will be showcasing the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

The action will be displayed during open hours on large displays in the Taylor Family Digital Library and at the Olympic Oval until the closing ceremonies on August 12.

The Olympic Oval has transformed its main floor lounge into the Olympic Oval London Lounge. Anyone who loves to watch the international sporting event is welcome.

According to Olympic Oval communications and community relations specialist Tracy Stewart, the Oval has had a tradition of opening up the lounge for viewing the games. Typically, the Oval only showcases the winter games as it is a winter sports training facility, but in celebration of athletes trained in Calgary competing in London this year, the lounge is open for these games as well.

“Part of what we do here at the Oval is train high-performance athletes, but we also have a mandate to the community, so we really wanted to make people aware that the Oval is here and people are always welcome,” said Stewart. “This is a great way to reach out to the community, and we want to reach out to more than just the university, but the Calgary public as well.”

According to UToday on July 30, 2012, the TFDL wanted to use the digital media and technological resources they had to highlight the games.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to further test our broadcast capabilities on the screens, and to celebrate the involvement of some of our staff and alumni in the Games,” said U of C director of cultural and community programs Donna Livingstone.

To join in on the Olympic Spirit at the U of C visit oval.ucalgary.ca/londonlounge

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