Posted 12 August 2012 - 11:19 AM
Yes, I still have qualms about the cost of the thing, but once the decision was made I was sportive of it and wanted it to be a success, but I approached the whole thing more in hope than expectation.
But overall I have been very impressed. Walking round London a couple of days last week I couldn't help but be impressed by the vast number of volunteers (including service personnel) who were everywhere and always polite, friendly and helpful.
The opening ceremony was a fantastic spectacle but at the same time a little quirky and very British.
The performance of our athletes has exceeded all expectations, and coming 3rd in the medal table to only USA and China (both who have populations equal to a continent), just 10 golds ATM behind China is a fantastic achievement.
The TV coverage has also been superb, with the extra BBC sports channels available meaning you could watch just about every event live a fantastic innovation. This, I am sure, has given a real boost to some of the minority sports, I know I have watched sports I would rarely see.
I wonder if there will be a long term pay off for the country, as this Olympic games has been revived extremely well by visitors from around the world and have (mainly) presented UK plc in the best possible light.
Also, I do hope that there is a lasting sporting legacy. We should pay close attention to what has happened in Australia following the Sydney games. They initially did very well, but have really dropped off recently. Our success this time around would suggest that we are doing some things very well, especially in sports we have traditionally not been that great at such as gymnastics. My biggest fear is that when the football season starts again next week it bulldozers the Olympic Team GBs achievements away and we go back to being effectively a one sport nation.
"it is a well known fact that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it."