Host city London is gearing up amidst much excitement for the Olympic Games to begin in three days.

Teams and representatives have been arriving from all around the world and participants are training hard to perform their best at the Games. Barges bearing the Olympic rings are a colourful sight for citizens and hundreds of tourists, attracted to London courtesy of the Games being held there.

Seven years in the making, costing 9.3 billion pounds ($14.5 billion) and featuring 10,490 athletes, the London Olympics opens Friday with 302 gold medals to be won and hard-fought reputations at stake.  -Photos by Agencies

 Cupcakes decorated with Olympic logos are on display at a bakery in the Chelsea area of London Tuesday, July 24, 2012. The city will host the 2012 London Olympics with opening ceremonies scheduled for Friday, July 27. Photo by AP
Cupcakes decorated with Olympic logos are on display at a bakery in the Chelsea area of London Tuesday, July 24, 2012. The city will host the 2012 London Olympics with opening ceremonies scheduled for Friday, July 27. Photo by AP
Members of Chile's Olympic squad arrive in the Olympic Village in London July 24, 2012. Photo by Reuters
Members of Chile's Olympic squad arrive in the Olympic Village in London July 24, 2012. Photo by Reuters
 Representatives from Singapore arrive at a welcoming ceremony in the Olympic Village before the London 2012 Olympic Games July 24, 2012. Photo by Reuters
Representatives from Singapore arrive at a welcoming ceremony in the Olympic Village before the London 2012 Olympic Games July 24, 2012. Photo by Reuters
Athletes of the Ecuador Olympic Team arrive at Heathrow Airport in London on July 24, 2012, three days ahead of the official opening of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The 2012 Olympic Games will be held from July 27 to August 12 in London. Photo by AFP
Athletes of the Ecuador Olympic Team arrive at Heathrow Airport in London on July 24, 2012, three days ahead of the official opening of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The 2012 Olympic Games will be held from July 27 to August 12 in London. Photo by AFP
Members of Great Britain's men's hockey team warm-up during a training session at the Old Loughtonians Hockey Club at Chigwell on the outskirts of London on July 24, 2012 three days before the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Photo by AFP
Members of Great Britain's men's hockey team warm-up during a training session at the Old Loughtonians Hockey Club at Chigwell on the outskirts of London on July 24, 2012 three days before the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Photo by AFP
 A diver prepares to jump during a training session at the Aquatics Center at the Olympic Park ahead of the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 24, 2012, in London. Opening ceremonies for the 2012 London Olympics will be held Friday, July 27. Photo by AP
A diver prepares to jump during a training session at the Aquatics Center at the Olympic Park ahead of the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 24, 2012, in London. Opening ceremonies for the 2012 London Olympics will be held Friday, July 27. Photo by AP
The Chinese synchronized swimming team trains at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park in Stratford in east London July 24, 2012. Photo by Reuters
The Chinese synchronized swimming team trains at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park in Stratford in east London July 24, 2012. Photo by Reuters
 Swimmers train at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park in Stratford in east London July 24, 2012. Photo by Reuters
Swimmers train at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park in Stratford in east London July 24, 2012. Photo by Reuters
Performers sing during a welcoming ceremony for Team GB in the Olympic Village in London July 24, 2012. Photo by Reuters
Performers sing during a welcoming ceremony for Team GB in the Olympic Village in London July 24, 2012. Photo by Reuters
 Picture of the Olympic Stadium and the Orbit observation tower (L) at the Olympic Park in London, taken on July 23, 2012 just days ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games.  Photo by AFP
Picture of the Olympic Stadium and the Orbit observation tower (L) at the Olympic Park in London, taken on July 23, 2012 just days ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Photo by AFP
 A set of Olympic Rings float on a barge in the River Thames off of Battersea park Tuesday, July 24, 2012, in London. The city will host the 2012 London Olympics with opening ceremonies scheduled for Friday, July 27.  Photo by AP
A set of Olympic Rings float on a barge in the River Thames off of Battersea park Tuesday, July 24, 2012, in London. The city will host the 2012 London Olympics with opening ceremonies scheduled for Friday, July 27. Photo by AP
 In a handout image released by the London 2012 Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) on July 24, 2012 a torchbearer poses with the Olympic Flame on a Torch Relay leg for the London 2012 Olympic Games in front of the Olympic Rings at Kew Gardens in London. The London Games open on July 27. Photo by AFP
In a handout image released by the London 2012 Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) on July 24, 2012 a torchbearer poses with the Olympic Flame on a Torch Relay leg for the London 2012 Olympic Games in front of the Olympic Rings at Kew Gardens in London. The London Games open on July 27. Photo by AFP
Workers install a poster ?London 2012? with the Olympic rings on the Judo venue at the Excel in London on July 24, 2012, three days before the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Photo by AFP
Workers install a poster ?London 2012? with the Olympic rings on the Judo venue at the Excel in London on July 24, 2012, three days before the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Photo by AFP

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