The Olympics are almost over (they will be by the time most read this) and I am very sad to see them finish. It has been fantastic in all aspects – from the sporting competitions and amazing athletes, to the friendliness of the people all over London to the fairly faultless organisation (well except for the ticketing fiasco).
I’ve been privileged to have attended one of the Diving competitions in the Olympic Park and it was wonderful to be part of it. The Park, the volunteers and the Diving were all magical. The G4S security mess actually was a godsend in my opinion as the Military were superb and most retailers should take customer service and friendliness lessons from them.
I’ve been watching the second half of the Olympics from New York and while I miss being in the thick of it, it has been so interesting to watch London and Britain from an International perspective. I won’t say NBC’s coverage has been great – to be honest the majority of their commentators have been rubbish (so stiff and making a lot of errors – makes me appreciate the BBC so much more). But what NBC have done really well is showcase the UK in a fantastic light – London and GREAT Britain has never looked better nor more appealing.
Admittedly, I was skeptical about how well the Games would go and how the World would view us. I am very happy to say I was wrong and trying hard not to sound bias in saying that London2012 may just have been the best Summer Olympic Games ever. I am also very happy to make a prediction that Tourism into the UK will rocket over the next few years as people flock to see us. We look great, the Paralympics will make us look even greater and I so very much hope that our inbound numbers show that all the work, money and effort was well worth it. From everything I’ve heard while here in New York, certainly the Yanks will be coming.
So well done to all those involved in making London2012 the best games ever – I am so proud to be a Londoner!