Wow! What an amazing couple of weeks it has been. We’ve seen legends created, dreams fulfilled and provided the world with what has been described as an “Absolutely fabulous” games. The most exciting thing about all this is that this magic has happened right on our doorstep.
Just over two weeks ago, in the hours leading up to the Opening Ceremony of London 2012 I posted a blog which described my excitement of what was to come. There were of course anxieties and some degree of nervousness – would we be able to deliver, would London cope. But the past two weeks have been a triumph that I could never have imagined.
The Opening Ceremony, directed by Danny Boyle was a visual and audio treat which amazed audiences around the globe. Funny, touching and quirky, Danny Boyle gave us an Opening Ceremony which was the epitome of everything that made this country of ours.
Of course the attention turned to the sport and the pressure on Team GB was immense. A few slow days of medals for our team soon gave way to which became a gold rush. I simply cannot name every triumph. To say that it has been Team GB’s most successful Olympics in over 100 years tells you everything you need to know. I have watched as many events as I could and have seen some things that will be imprinted on my memory forever.
The most amazing day for me was the middle Saturday – or “Super Saturday”. I watched the athletics in a friend’s house with over 25 others. The last discipline in the heptathlon saw Jessica Ennis go into the 800m as the front runner. We all cheered and screamed as she came across that line in 1st. We were astonished and elated when Greg Rutherford won gold for the long jump. The legend that is Mo Farah then completed the night by taking gold in the 10,000m. I have never experienced such emotion and pride as I witnessed that night.
That day was followed by another memorable moment as Andy Murray beat Roger Federer to take Olympic gold in the mens tennis singles.
The gold, silver and bronze medals have kept steadily coming in and we have completed the games on an amazing total of 65 medals – 29 of which are gold. We can not have asked of more from our athletes.
We now are counting down the minutes to the Closing Ceremony which will see the Olympic Flame being distinguished and the baton passed to Rio, who will host in 2016. The very best acts in British music are being lined up to give the games a finale to remember. Take That, The Who, George Michael, Spice Girls and One Direction are all thought to have been rehearsing for tonight’s epic show. I have no doubt that, like the Opening Ceremony, tonight’s extravaganza will showcase all that is great about Great Britain.
I have always been proud of my country and proud of London but these two weeks have made that pride shoot through the roof. Our athletes, our city, the venues, the volunteers, the press, the spectators and the people sitting at home cheering along have made these games spectacular. In these tough times we have delivered an Olympic Games which will be remembered for generations to come. I hope that the excitement and enthusiasm will continue into the Paralympics and far beyond. Well done Great Britain!