A diver plunges in the pool during a practice session at the Aquatics Center at the Olympic Park ahead of the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, July 26, 2012, in London. Opening ceremonies for the 2012 London Olympics will be held Friday, July 27.
News conference dry? Not with bubbly Jamaican star Usain Bolt around. Bolt, seen here at a Thursday news conference at the 2012 Games, will carry his nation's flag at Friday's opening ceremony. Then, he'll go about trying to repeat as gold medalist in the 100 and 200 meters.
Hera the Harris's Hawk perches on handler Andrew Watson on Thursday at the Olympic Park in London, England. The city is ready to fly with excitement as the games kick into gear.
Ismaeil Matar (center) celebrates with his United Arab Emirates teammates after scoring against Uruguay during their Group A men's soccer match Thursday at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, England. Uruguay defeated the UAE 2-1.
A diver plunges into the pool during a practice session at the Aquatics Center at the Olympic Park on Thursday in London. The Olympic diving competition begins Sunday.
Little stadium, big wishes
Indian artist Harwinder Singh Gill displays a miniature model of the Olympic Stadium on Thursday with flags of the 204 participating countries along with the Olympic rings and torch. India is sending its largest-ever contingent to the games, with 81 athletes set to compete in 13 sporting events.
One big party
Fans get up and get down at the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Finale Concert on Thursday at Hyde Park. The concert featured a special performance by Mark Ronson and Katy B.
It's a game within the London Games as people enjoy the day at the Olympic Village on Thursday in London.
Let's make a deal
Pin traders display their collections on Thursday at the Olympic Park in London.
New Zealand athletes (left to right) Gareth Kean, Steven Kent, Daniel Bell, Penelope Marshall, Alexis Pritchard and Natalie Wiegersma relax in their residence inside the Olympic Village on Thursday in London.
A performer greets athletes to the Olympic Village on Thursday in London. Her costume might be elaborate, but Friday's opening ceremony is still sure to overshadow it.
It's a soccer thing
A Brazil supporter touts the 2014 World Cup with a stunning helmet during the men's soccer match between Brazil and Egypt on Thursday at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
Pass it on
Torchbearer 170 passes the Olympic flame to Torchbearer 171 in front of Buckingham Palace in the presence of (facing, from left) Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge; Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge; and Prince Harry on the torch relay leg through Westminster on Thursday in London. The torch will end up at the Olympic Stadium on Friday for the opening ceremony.
Denim and dance
Olympic basketball dancers (clockwise from top left) Natalia Kim, Anna Gapig, Julia Slobodian, Vera Perederii and Anna Shomeiko pose for a photo with a lion statue on Thursday at Trafalgar Square in London.
Venus Williams of the United States practices her serve Thursday at the All England Club at Wimbledon in preparation for the Olympic tennis competition, which is scheduled to start Saturday.
Speed and shadow
German cyclists train on Thursday at the Velodrome at Olympic Park in preparation for the track cycling competition, which starts Aug. 2.
Spanish fans cheer on their men's soccer team against Japan on Thursday, July 26, at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland.
In with a roar
A woman poses for photos beside a lion statue at Trafalgar Square in central London on Thursday.
Sun and fun
Warm, sunny weather? In London? It might be unexpected, but these Olympic tourists from Brazil are enjoying it Thursday as they support their country's teams at Piccadilly Circus. Summer has returned to London just in time after weeks of unseasonable summer downpours.
Eliza Doolittle performs at the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Finale Concert on Thursday in London’s Hyde Park.
Art of the street
A bus passes by graffiti art by renowned street satirist Banksy on a building in the Canary Wharf area of London.