More than 240,000 apply to be Olympics volunteers

Organizers say more than 240,000 people have applied for the

70,000 volunteer positions available at the 2012 Olympics in


Applications closed at midnight Wednesday. Organizers will begin

interviewing candidates in February and expect to complete the

selection process in about a year.

Volunteers will either be specialists who work in areas such as

medical services and sports or media operations, while others will

carry out tasks such as distributing uniforms and checking


London 2012 Chairman Sebastian Coe says he is ”thrilled with

the response” for a ”once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Organizers say 40 percent of all applicants have never been

volunteers before.