Olympian support

November 11, 2010, 8:35 PM GMT+0

One in four Brits plans to attend at least one Olympic Games 2012 (taking place in London) event and it seems that British patriotism is alive and well, with most people rooting for Team GB, especially keen to beat the Americans, and most looking forward to seeing cyclist Chris Hoy compete, research for Thomas Cook has found.

  • 60% do not intend to watch any of the London Olympic Games 2012 live (i.e. attend events).
  • 25% (1 in 4) say they will be attending at least one event
  • When it comes to the competing athletes’ nationality, 63% say the main reason they will be supporting British athletes is simply because they are British.
  • 15% say they will be supporting athletes regardless of their nationality.

We also asked our panellists for their opinions on individual athletes.

•37% said that there was no particular athlete they were looking forward to watching.

Torches and tickets

The Opening Ceremony for the London Olympic Games 2012 will take place on Friday 27th July 2012 following the famous Olympic Torch relay.

Tickets are to be released in 2011, but the cost of attending some events has been criticised given that tickets to watch the super final of the athletics will cost up to £725 and the Opening Ceremony will cost some people up to £2,012 to attend. Ticket prices start from a more modest £20 for a seat on the outer tennis courts at Wimbledon.

Happily for Team GB, our data suggests they can expect significant support from their country …and particularly enthusiastic cheers if they beat an American.

See the survey details and full results