Lord Harris of Haringey is currently conducting an inquiry into the Olympic legacy (The Committee on Olympic and Paralympic legacy). I suspect we all have very different ideas of what a good legacy would look like.
The Government of course has come out one year on with some (difficult to substantiate or disprove) statistics proving that we’ve already made our money back. But many benefits are intangible; the inspiration to take up sport, the inspiration to East Londoners, attitudes to disability, the attitudes of those who visited the UK and the possibility that one of those visitors will at some future time invest in the UK.
But for me, the most important legacy of the Olympics is the belief in ourselves; we can do it if we try.
The regeneration of the Olympic park in the timescale was an amazing feat. At peak construction there were about 200 different worksites. Lorries were arriving on the site every two minutes, each of which needed to be security checked and frequently took a new route to their worksite as the roads on site were moved around to accommodate building. Many of the architects, builders, consultants and engineers on site were British; companies which work worldwide but came back to Britain to build the park.
And National, London and local government all rose to the challenge. They all had to find a different way of operating (think about all the planning permissions and the traffic management) in order to hit the deadline. Long may that commitment and innovation continue.
Finally, of course, we won medals. And Andy Murray went on to win Wimbledon. Surely he is a great example of how we can do it if we try.