The ideal is that it is all about participating in the Olympics, not just winning a medal. Even so, I can't fathom the pressure that Team GB must be feeling to perform and to bring home gold. The reality is that it is about the medals' podium and who is standing there at the end of each competition--but perhaps one day we'll reach the ideal and rise above that.
The whole world will be watching, not only Team GB but the entire UK, and how well we are able to put on the 2012 Summer Olympics. We need the spirit of Henry V or Churchill to cheer us on as we help bring the world together on a sports field rather than a battle field. It is a St. Crispin's Day of a different sort, but as all the bells of London and throughout the country rang out this morning at 8:12, the UK welcomed the world in camaraderie rather than as enemies, and in games of peace, instead of war. Our minds and our country are ready........(ahem, Mitt Romney).
(Oh, and by the way, Ryan Giggs when you showed the poor sportsmanship of not bothering to sing the National Anthem, you proved why David Beckham should have had your spot.)