I think our athletes have done incredibly well. I know there was all that talk about them being 'slow' to get the first gold, but I thought that was ridiculous, just the press being pathetic. I really do think the way the momentum has built across the team, in all the sports, has been brilliant, and they should all be very proud of themselves.
I think it has done the country good as well. The mood seems to have really lifted during the Olympics. Good to see.
I think it stemmed from the great opening ceremony and all the build-up and talk of beating our Beijing tally, then missing out on the first few medals where we really had some chances (Cavendish, Miley, etc) made some people a bit edgy. What if all our hopefuls succumbed to the pressure? What if our estimations had been too optimistic? What if we horribly under-achieved in our home games?
Thankfully we finally got one and then they started rolling in. The atmosphere has been incredible in most of the stadiums (the velodrome the best though, going by the tv and the comments of those who have been there... although being so dominant in it will have helped) and that seems to have spurred on most of our athletes, as well as the inspiration from all the others. The middle Saturday was incredible, I was so happy for Jess Ennis after all the pressure on her, and then followed up by an almost out-of-the blue gold in the Long Jump before Farah's amazing race.
It's been a great games (for GB at least!). I hope we can hold off Russia who are now soaring up the medal table, but we should be able to. I'm so happy that so many of our athletes were able to get a medal in our home games, it will be something they'll remember for the rest of their lives. I'm gutted for those that just missed out, but most of them seemed happy to be involved at all.