And finally, let the 2012 Games begin
Let the Games begin. After nearly a decade in the planning and a build-up that seems to have gone on forever, it is actually time for the sporting action to begin at the London 2012 Olympics. It is time to put all the worries, niggles and complaints of the past few weeks behind us and look forward to the "greatest show on Earth".
The G4S debacle is gone, but not forgotten, and the border staff and train drivers called off their strikes. Transport in London is always chaotic and will prove to be no different during the next three weeks.
Those lucky enough to have tickets will be able to verify any problems first-hand . For the rest of us, the trip to the fridge, kettle and toilet during breaks from the action are going to be the only major issues.
We can only hope that London 2012 ranks alongside the best Olympics of all time. If last night's opening ceremony is anything to go by, the signs look promising.
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The Olympics, though, is all about the athletes and the sport. The gold medals, the world records, the conquering heroes and the athletes that surprise us all.
It is three weeks when sports that get little public and media attention suddenly become centre stage.
Gymnastics, diving, rowing, sailing, weightlifting, wrestling and swimming all grab the limelight.
The taking part and sporting behaviour are important, but let's not kid ourselves – it is also about winning medals.
Great Britain, with a lot of National Lottery support, has invested an awful lot in our athletes and let's hope for a big return these next few weeks.
The host nation can normally expect an uplift in medal fortunes with home advantage and a patriotic crowd.
However, can Team GB really better its performance of Beijing, in 2008, of fourth in the medal table – behind only China, United States and Russia?
Let's hope so and, as the newspaper for Leicestershire, we would like to offer all our athletes the very best for London 2012. Oh, a few medals would also be nice!