Olympics

Olympic Fans Go Shopping

Olympic Fans Head to the Shopsi
|| 0:00:00
X
August 13, 2012 12:50 AM
Most people who go to the Olympic Games are hoping to be entertained by world-class sports. And for many, there's a second goal: buying a souvenir to prove you were there. Selah Hennessy went to find out what people are buying to remember the 2012 Games.
Selah Hennessy
LONDON — Most people who go to the Olympic Games are hoping to be entertained by world-class sports.  And for many, there is a second goal: buying a souvenir to prove they were there.  
 
People have been flooding into the department store John Lewis, which is right by the Olympic Park, to buy their official games merchandise. 
 
Inside, Olympic imagery is splattered across just about every product you can imagine. 
 
It's proven popular with the crowds, says the store's managing director, Noel Saunders. "We had been warned to expect maybe Christmas-equivalent volumes but it's been better than Christmas. Every single day we've traded tens-of-thousands of people, that's not per week, that's every single day we have traded," he said. 
 
With its one beady eye, the Olympic mascot Wenlock has been turned into a furry stuffed animal. That has been a popular sell. But cuddly toys are just the start. 
 
Visitors to the Games can buy an Olympic-edition of the popular board game Monopoly, a key ring decorated with the Olympic mascots, mugs, aprons, paper weights or, for around $150, special Olympic tennis shoes made by Adidas. 
 
Saunders says there is quite a range of products. "It's sublime and ridiculous really. Sublime to mean the gold coins for almost £3-thousand ($5-thousand). The ridiculous, but cute and wonderful, is the humble duck. A little plastic duck bearing the emblem or the flag or the badge of a particular country. They have been the single best selling items this Games," he said. 
 
Amid the rushing crowds at the Olympic Park, a few shoppers showed VOA their goods. 
 
"Okay let me see what I got here. Ok, a passport holder. That's cool, it says London 2012, so that's cool... I guess," said one woman. 
 
With tickets selling well for the upcoming Paralympics, John Lewis is expecting many more visitors in the weeks to come.
 

You May Like

Israelis Quietly Expand Enclave in Palestinian District of Jerusalem

Estimated 500 settlers, armed or protected by paramilitary police, live in Silwan among 50,000 Palestinians More

Video US, Iran Face Similar Challenges in Syrian Fight Against IS

Both Washington, Tehran back fighters battling Islamic State militants in Iraq -- but in Syria they support opposing sides in country’s civil war More

China Boosts Efforts to Help Afghan, Regional Stability

Observers say China’s increased regional involvement are due to concerns that Afghan instability and the presence of anti-China militants in Pakistani border areas could fuel Xinjiang troubles More

More Olympics Coverage

No records found for this widget:2478

Loading...

See the complete list at London 2012

Interactive: Olympic Village

Map of Olympic Village

Map of Olympic Village

See map