Originally Posted by CPanther95 Hats off to the Brits and London as a whole.
The venues were great, and the backdrops you got to see behind so many events was probably the best man-made scenery of any games in recent memory (I'm partial to the snow covered mountaintops surrounding many Winter Olympic host cities).
Never really had the desire to attend the Olympics, but from what we saw, these looked like they would have been a blast to attend.
I think we surprised a few people
We got all our pomp and pageantry out of the way during the Diamond Jubilee (The Queen celebrated 60 years as monarch earlier this year)
Beach Volleyball in Horse Guards Parade, Equestrian Events in Greenwich, a Marathon and Triathlon course through such great historic locations (including in front of Buckingham Palace) were highlights. I think the crowds at all the events were fantastic - the TeamGB guys got amazing support - but other countries did too.
The sailors all said that having thousands of people able to watch the events from the shore - and being able to hear them cheer - was amazing, and very unusual. Don't remember the same thing happening in 2008.
I think the other big change from previous years has been that the events have had a lot of production - not just the TV coverage. There's been a conscious effort to make them events - just as you guys do at football matches. So there's been music, DJs, MCs at many of them - creating an atmosphere that may not be quite what people expect of us 'stuffy Brits'...