Higher, faster, farther

Preliminary work behind the scenes makes major sporting events possible

In 1969, Munich’s mayor Hans-Jochen Vogel breaks the ground for construction of the U3 subway line going to the Olympia Park and the Olympic sports complex. TÜV Bayern (as TÜV SÜD was then known) assisted in the construction work.
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In 1970, construction work was well under way for the 1972 Summer Olympics. In the foreground, one can see the frame structure of the Olympic Stadium, with the 291-meter-high Olympic Tower behind it; to this day, it remains Germany’s second-tallest structure. TÜV SÜD was involved in the construction of the steel cable-suspended tent roof as well as the elevator system in the Olympic Tower.

Here, one can see legendary Swedish ski racer and two-time Olympic champion Ingemar Stenmark during a 1978 World Cup race in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. TÜV SÜD participated in the construction of the lift facilities at the ski area.
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On June 17, 1988, Germany played against Spain in the Group 1 stage of the UEFA European Championship and went on to win 2-0, with Rudi Völler scoring both goals. Mounted on four masts that were inspected by TÜV SÜD, floodlights illuminated the pitch for the evening game.
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Designed by the Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, the FIFA World Cup Stadium Munich was the venue for the 2006 World Cup. TÜV SÜD played a major role in the stadium’s construction.
Photo: Bildagentur Huber

London hosted the 2012 Olympic Games, which were a tremendous success. The athletes and coaching staff lived in the Olympic Village in an area of East London, north of Stratford. TÜV SÜD was a partner in constructing the village that was furnished with 17,320 beds.
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With a population of more than 12 million, Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Summer Olympics. Directing the flow of visitors and athletes in an area measuring 43,909 square kilometers (equivalent to the size of Denmark) presents a tremendous logistical challenge. For that reason, the existing subway network is being expanded, with TÜV SÜD contributing its expertise to the project.
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Sports move people all over the world – and events like the Olympic Games, World Cup and the European Championship interest millions. A vast amount of logistic work needs to be done in advance so top athletes can fight for a medal at major events. The experts from TÜV SÜD are involved again and again.