A “memory tree” used by Olympic athletes to record their favourite memories of London 2012 as they departed London Heathrow is now available online.
The tree was in place at the specially constructed Games Terminal on the two days following the Olympic closing ceremony.
More than 5,000 athletes passed through the terminal, which was specially decorated to look like a London park, complete with plants, park benches, replica gas lights, trees and model stags.
Its walls displayed London’s skyline and the park was filled with iconic London designs such as the red telephone box and Routemaster bus.
More than 100 athletes wrote their memories of the London 2012 Olympic Games on paper leaves which were then hung on the tree.
The memories include those of Katie Taylor, who won a gold medal for Ireland in Boxing, Felix Sanchez, the 400m hurdles gold medallist, and Manteo Mitchell, who ran for the USA in the 4x400m relay, despite breaking his leg. Many commented on the welcome they had received in the UK, while Mitchell wrote: “God allowing me to have strength to finish the race for my team!”
The memory tree can be seen at www.facebook.com/HeathrowAirport