Well I must say I, like most became hooked on the Olympics. My usual passion for all things digital, social media, web design all took a back seat while I filled my boots with handball, hockey, cycling, and rowing. I was tingling all over when the Judo fighter mouthed to her recently passed away mother, I shouted at the TV for Jess as she won her gold and I became an expert in volleyball tactics.
I loved Mo winning the 5000, and felt like a real ‘insider’ knowing his ‘M’ celebration came from James Cordon in a League of their Own.
But it’s all done and dusted now, and we’re left with that horrible political word ‘Legacy’. For me, London 2012 can be something of a turning point in the UK recession, we put on a great show and restored some pride and belief that in my opinion was rocked to the core after the riots last year.
I’m not an economist or a politician so I can’t go into the facts and figures of what this will mean, what I do know is that everyone feels better about themselves since the Olympics, everyone has a story to tell or a new sport they adopted. I think this is a real chance to use this positivity and pride to put us back on track in the global economy. I don’t know how but as my old PE teacher said to me once “With a positive mental attitude, you can achieve anything*” which today seems a little more likely than before the games.
* In hindsight, I don’t think he was tipping me to become an Olympic star, clearly he knew back then I wouldn’t be competing at London 2012, but I took the motivation sentence on board anyway!