2012 Olympics: Still Only 500 Days, 7 Hours, 6 Minutes and 56 Seconds Away

March 15, 2011

The 2012 London Olympics was always going to struggle to top this:

The London organizing committee didn’t get off to a promising start on Tuesday. From The Associated Press:

A giant clock counting down to the 2012 London Olympics stopped for several hours Tuesday, less than a day after it went on display in Trafalgar Square.

The digital clock, made by Olympic sponsor Omega, was stuck at 500 days, 7 hours, 6 minutes, 56 seconds, before workers fixed it.

If Omega doesn’t get that fixed before next summer, Usain Bolt’s 100 meters will be so fast that he’s going to time travel.

And that wasn’t the only issue:

The clock’s failure wasn’t the only Olympic glitch on Tuesday, when 6.6 million tickets went on sale. A few hours into the ticket launch, fans with Visa credit cards which expire before the end of August found that organizers were unable to process their orders.

Visa is an Olympic sponsor and the only card that can be used to purchase tickets.

Visa: It’s everywhere you want to be — except the 2012 London Olympics.