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An Olympic legacy for couch potatoes?

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 20 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5578
  1. Mary E Black, global health doctor, London
  1. drmaryblack{at}

I am happily imbued with Olympic spirit. Enthralled, uplifted, and privileged to have been in London this summer. I was involved, as many others were, in the NHS planning, I met a few athletes, and I even managed to get tickets to some events. The television coverage was great, the 70 000 volunteers (4100 in the medical teams alone) were outstanding, and London showed its best face. Despite the gloom mongering the Central Line ran better than usual, and total strangers conversed on the tube. We succeeded in a global effort that is much more …

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