When London won the right to host the 2012 Olympic Games it came with a pledge to inspire a new generation of sports stars. Since the heroics of Lewis Smith and the rest of the British gymnastics team one gym club in Peterborough's already reporting a rise in interest from new members.
Other sports are benefitting too and tennis is active in recruiting new young players keen to take up the sport. Click here if you want more details of how to get involved.
Olympic medal winners from the East have been welcomed back to the region
Some of the region's Olympians have been immortalised in Lego.
Olympic bronze medal winning hockey player, Chloe Rogers from Great Dunmow, returns to Essex.