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Dave Gordon | 10:23 UK time, Monday, 25 July 2011

It's not just self-confessed 'anoraks' like me who have succumbed to Olympic fever; anticipation is definitely growing. We've seen the unprecedented demand for tickets and the resulting controversy; the first test events have taken place and we'll be marking 'one year to go' later this month.

More attention is focused on our athletes too as they compete in major events this summer for the last time before the Games next year. Over the next few months, we can look forward to events such as the World Athletics, World Swimming and World Rowing Championships where results and performances will be judged in the light of possible medal prospects in London next summer.

The BBC will be looking to highlight those who have the potential to join Team GB next summer and make an impact on the global sporting stage. There will be great, compelling stories between now and the Games from across all 26 sports and we will be featuring them in our programmes and on the BBC Sport website.

At Games-time, the BBC Sport website will be making history. For the first time, it will feature live coverage of every sport from every venue on every day of the Games. We make that over 2000 hours of unique live sport. It means that if you want to watch six Basketball matches a day, you can; if Taekwondo is your passion, you can watch it whenever it's on.

It also means that at sports where there are multiple fields of play such as Tennis from Wimbledon and Badminton from Wembley, there will be coverage whenever there is play although we will not necessarily show the action on every court as there will be a huge demand to showcase all the other sports at other venues.

Today, we take the first step in translating our promise into a reality with the publication of our day by day, session by session website guide to what we're showing online during the Games. It's easy to use and a chance for you to start planning your Olympic diary and how you can watch the Games online.

We'll update it over the next 12 months as we get more information such as which teams will feature in competitions such as Football and Volleyball, competition draws and when and where British teams will play.

All of that information, the selection of British competitors, medal prospects and overall editorial priorities will help us decide what will be featured on the main tv channels and red button. Those decisions will be made far closer to the Games.

In the meantime though, this is an opportunity for you to begin planning your own Olympic schedule. From the start of the early morning action until the end of competition just before midnight, there will be live online coverage via the BBC Sport website of every sport from every venue where it's happening.

You can look at the big picture each day, planning for those not to be missed events. If you want to spend all day watching the water polo or fencing or taekwondo or swimming, or any combination of the 26 sports, for the first time you can. The choice is yours rather than ours!

Dave Gordon
BBC Sport Head of Major Events

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