Meeting Olympic Expectations: UK and 2012

Four years of Olympic navel gazing starts here -- and it's about time the Brits got on board. As a nation we so love moaning about our capital city, London, that we ignore the cool rating it gets from the rest of the world.

We so enjoy a good whine about the weather, public transport, queues, and each other that we lose sight of the values of creativity, fair play and tradition that draw people around the world to these shores. At least we have put one topic of contemplation to bed -- that of the "gifted amateur" approach to sport that has dogged so many of our national sporting performances. This Olympics demonstrated that Brits also know how to win at things! That should now be the starting point for the preparations for 2012.

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