It's hard to believe that one year has already passed since London 2012, when the UK hosted the most successful sporting event the country can remember. 

Games that captured the hearts of the British people and left nearly every single person proud and smiling with joy.

But that was a year ago, and as the Olympic park celebrates its anniversary this weekend, we look at the proposed legacy the games were intended to bring to the country. 

The cost of the games neared £10 billion by the end, and recent estimates have declared, somewhat unsurprisingly, that the games boosted the British economy by near on the same amount, so at least it hasn’t economically impacted the country it seems.

It's very foundations were to ‘inspire a generation’, but how possible is this given the localised event of such a games and the subsequent decisions of how to use the venues after they had finished?

A legacy for me is twofold. One is providing those around at the time with an unbelievable lifetime experience and memories you will never forget. 

Witnessing that ‘Super Saturday’ in the Olympic stadium, hearing the roars as Mo Farah raced down the finishing straight to win his second gold medal, were moments we will treasure for a very long time.

The second part of the legacy, and the most prominent part of the original intention, is to inspire the next generation of athletes, or even those today not currently in sport, into taking up something new and helping improve local communities along with the ongoing obesity issue.

But this is difficult to achieve. With most of the events taking place in East London; only a small percentage of the population live in this area and therefore it's hard to experience the events first hand. 

Secondly, most of the venues have been taken down as they were temporary and even the wonderful Olympic stadium is going to be occupied by a football team in the near future.

The Olympic Park is currently under renovation to make it into that exactly; a giant park and space for new apartments and life centred around a healthier, more modern east end London. 

It’s not clear how much sporting activity will be available in this park considering every other Saturday, large parts will be closed off to football supporters.

Recent reports have declared that few people have taken up new sports as a result of the games. 

There’s no doubting that people have been inspired by the Olympics, but whether they have something new and existing available in their local area is unlikely. 

It’s the same old run down skate parks and community centres that have been around for years.

Unfortunately we won’t know for many years whether the London 2012 games has left an Olympic legacy on our great nation; the medal table at future games and participation numbers are going to be the key indicator. Legacy or no legacy, we’ve got memories to last a lifetime.

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