Well, hasn’t this been fun!
I know, In know it’s not over yet, but we are getting close and the verdict is in.
Outstanding Olympics put on by this London gang!
All the security, transportation and over-crowding challenges have been dealt with and solved in a peaceful, non-invasive manner.
Lord Coe, Boris the Good Mayor, Mr. Cameron and the Queen of all the people combined to put on one of the greatest shows this world has seen
And while Canada will leave with but one gold medal, it has managed to match the Beijing total of 18 medals, albeit the majority of them bronze.
Getting to 18 was something I did not believe we would reach 10 days ago. While the COC was predicting a number on the north side of 20, I was worried we might even have finished on the south side of 15.
More than happy to be proven wrong when it comes to Canadian fortunes in what we used to call the best “amateur” sports event in the world.
But 18 medals is 18 medals on a very tough playing field. With more than 200 countries on hand, it is still a worthwhile accomplishment.
And as colleague Steve Buffery pointed out in today’s Sun Media papers, the future for Canada is bright at the Summer Games, particularly with the male athletes.
So with just more than 24 hours remaining, let’s give London the royal wave goodbye.
And assure one and all, this show was much more than James Bond and Mr. Bean.
All is good, at least for the 17,000 athletes, more than 20,000 journalists and millions of the fans of the Olympic spectacle.