With just a few days left before we enter Olympic year, a set of aerial images have been released by the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) portraying the Olympic park.

The distinctive ‘Pringle’ velodrome is one of the stand-out landmarks of the park. Its round, gently curved roof can be clearly identified from the air, as can its companion BMX track situated next door.

The aerial photographs show that the surface of the BMX track is being preserved under covers until it is used.

The velodrome will host the London round of the 2011-12 UCI Track World Cup over February 17-19 – the first time that it will have been used for competition. The building was the first of the Olympic venues to be completed, in February 2011.

Ninety per cent of the Olympic park has now been completed. The Olympic Delivery Authority is due to hand over the site to LOCOG in early 2012.

“A huge amount has been achieved over the past 12 months with iconic new venues completed and test events bringing world-class sport to the Olympic Park for the first time,” said LOCOG chair Sebastian Coe. “We still have much to do but there is growing excitement as we count down to the Games next summer.” 

The London 2012 Olympic Games take place over July 27 to August 12 2012, and the Paralympic Games from August 29 to September 9 2012. 

The photos were taken by Anthony Charlton for Getty Images.

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