May 28, 2012

London 2012 Olympics Gold Medal Stamps

On World Sport Bloopers, we like to bring you the best sports bloopers in the world first. Well we have another first for you: Team GB have collaborated with Royal Mail to bring you new next-day stamps for each Team GB Gold Medal win during London 2012. Now we all know that the Chinese and US Olympic teams tend to dominate but it's always great when a team with such a small population can nick one away from the favorites. 
  • Royal Mail’s Gold Medal stamps will be issued throughout the pediod of the London Olympics - from 27th July to 12thAugust - and have been officially launched by Sally Gunnell with the iconic design revealed for the first time. If the name sounds unfamilar, Sally Gunnell was an Olympic gold medallist in the 400m hurdles at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games. The stamp will feature, wherever possible, photographs of the Team GB athlete or team in action from their gold medal winning effort. This will be the first time any host country has used action shots for Gold Medal stamps and issued them immediately, during the Games.
  • The stamps will be on sale by lunchtime the next day at 500 selected Post Offices across the UK. The special stamps will then be distributed three times during the Games to a further 4,500 Post offices operating as normal across the UK. This is the first time Royal Mail has ever issued next day stamps.



  • This is some challenge for the Royal Mail team and they have photographers and graphic designers ready to get the stamps completed in record time. Royal Mail has a proud history of commemorating the London Olympic Games, having issued four stamps for the 1948 Games bearing the five Olympic Rings. Many of the selected 500 Post Offices will, for the first time, open on Sundays during the Games, so fans can celebrate Team GB’s achievements and start a unique and special 2012 Olympic souvenir collection. 
    On 27th July, the day of the opening ceremony, Royal Mail’s ’Welcome to the Olympic Games’ special stamps will go on sale. On 29th August, Royal Mail will also become the first postal administration, whose country is hosting the Games, to issue a set of stamps to celebrate the start of the Paralympics Games.
    In January, London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games definitive stamps went on sale, marking the Olympic year. This followed the issue of 30 stamps reflecting all the sports competed at the Games in a three-part series between 2009 and 2011. All the Olympic collection series can be purchased from www.royalmail.com/bethefirst


    Although this is the first time Royal Mail has issued stamps to mark Olympic victories, the company issued its first Olympic Games stamps in 1948, with four stamps bearing the five Olympic Rings. Olympic stamps were not issued to mark the 1908 London Games as Royal Mail stamps then bore images of the reigning monarch only.
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