London ended the Olympiad in Sunday with a blowout of British pop bomb a
closing-ceremony-cum-after-party, offering a final dose of originality to 17
days that saw the rise of girl power in sports, the coupling of Olympic festival
with English humor and a wave of euphoria in a host nation that seemed
to rediscover the “great” in Great Britain.
Like the Who and the Spice Girls on Sunday, Britons reunited over the course of
these Games, showing the kind of feverish patriotism rarely seen on this
side of the Atlantic.