Apart from the torch, which I saw twice, I haven't seen anything Olympic. Neither the opening ceremony, nor any sporting events. But, like the torch, it seems to have a very uplifting effect on the nation. Hope, optimism and happiness can't be bad, as long as we manage to channel all this optimism and energy into something worthwhile.
And I haven't heard a negative word about all these elitist (being the best, and coming first, is elitist, isn't it?) medal winners. And (how very old fashioned!) they do it for the glory, and not because they are paid millions.
As long as this message is not lost the minute the games are over, I think we will have won.