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12 Aug, 2012 10:05

Olympics improve Britain’s mood

It is a safe bet the London 2012 Olympics have been generating benefits for the whole of Great Britain, both in terms of economic and social effects. But what is also very important is that the Games simply made the country feel better.

“We can secure a transport, housing, infrastructure, cultural and social legacy for London and turn these Games to gold for decades to come,” London Mayor Boris Johnson said. The words of the London mayor sound inspiring, but only time will show if they are true.With the Games coming to an end, RT took the streets of the British capital to find out if the Olympics have really changed the country for good.“Actually, it’s an opportunity for everybody that I know in the UK to come down and watch the Olympic games, and hopefully, it can inspire a lot of people to get involved in sport,” Dominic King, Team GB’s 50km walker, stressed. Those who participate in sports and those who just watch have one great thing in common, which is the unique feeling of being part of the greatest sporting event on the planet.“The emotional impact is not only for the whole of the country – for Scotland and Wales and, of course, England. It has been really fantastic,” one of the Olympic fans explained.“I just think it’s been amazing,” one Londoner added. “It’s been in London in my home city, just being able to come up in London and enjoy the atmosphere with everybody around – from all over the world. It’s just been fantastic.” So it seems the hosts, Great Britain, along with those who came to the Games have really got the feel-good factor.