Many of us, including myself were cynical about the London 2012 Olympics before it even started. Worrying about the transport – the packed sweaty tubes and the traffic on the roads. The whole thing is going to be a nightmare! The weather can put London at a stand still so surely the biggest sporting event in the world would stop London running normally, no? It surprisingly didn’t. Everything went smoothly. You would have thought after the London Riots of last year that London would be the last place on Earth people would want to visit. In fact, I believe the Olympics have saved London in many ways. It made the world come together to celebrate sport in all its glory. So, maybe, just maybe that the £9bn was worth it.
Young people have been inspired by the Olympics with all the gold’s Team GB have won and are now striving be more active in their day-to-day lives inspired by Team GB athletes such as Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis. Both, the Olympics and Paralympics left a positive legacy for young people. It also made a major political wake-up call. Ministers are now thinking about getting in more sporting facilities in schools to encourage young people to stay active which could give them a focus in life.
It showed the Coalition just how the economy is suffering and how it can be improved. It opened up a lot of economic benefits and it is now kick-starting a new economy. A newer Britain perhaps? I think now the government is at it’s strongest than it has ever been. Britain needed this. London needed this. The greatest show on Earth has now come to an end and it left an incredible legacy. We impressed the world. Now, Rio de Janeiro – show us what you’ve got.