They were seven years in the making - and London's Olympic Games cost billions. There were arguments about funding, legacy about ticket sales.
There were fears about transport, security and protests.
But after two weeks, the talk is of success, pride, the 'best of British' and the 'best of London'.
G4S should be the first outfit on a Government blacklist of high-risk firms that have failed to deliver, MPs have said.
Transport for London has created a new version of the tube map, to celebrate the success of Team GB at the London Olympics.
Olympic hero Mo Farah has shown off the newborn twins who inspired him to double gold-winning victory - and finally revealed their names.