I think we've got to be delighted with the results we achieved in the Olympic Stadium at these Games. Four golds — we haven't had a haul like that at the Olympics since 1980.
There's talk about the target of eight medals that Charles van Commenee specified coming into the Games — and we've fallen short of that, with only six.
But at the start of the Games we were saying that everything had to go perfectly for Team GB to achieve that mark. We've had three fourth places in the track and field — we've had men like Steve Lewis finish fifth in the pole vault.
There were a lot of top eights, and a lot of British athletes set personal bests. There were numerous reasons to be positive.
I think that's really where the analysis should be. It's fickle to look merely at the medals — medals come as a result of not only your performances but those of others. How you control what you are able to control is the best measure of how someone performed.
Greg Rutherford did a superb job to win the Olympic long jump, but his jump of 8.31m would only have been enough for silver in Beijing, and some other previous Olympics.
It works the other way as well — Andrew Osagie smashed his personal best in the 800m, but his 1:43.77 was only good enough for eighth in the final. That was quicker than anyone ran in the Beijing Olympics!
The target was set at five to eight medals, so eight was the stretch. You've got to take the rough with the smooth, and I think as a whole the British athletes delivered what was expected and hoped for from them.
That Saturday night a week ago when Great Britain won the three golds set the momentum for the rest of the week, and even if it wasn't always British successes we were celebrating, there were so many things to be thankful for witnessing.
Athletes of the calibre of Usain Bolt and David Rudisha were brilliant, so the crowd were treated to the excellence of international athletes as well as home favourites.
There were surprises as well — take my old event, the javelin, for example. I didn't know anything about Keshorn Walcott before these Olympics, and it was a huge turn-up for the books to see a 19-year-old junior from a part of the world where there is no history of javelin throwers put in a lifetime best and take the gold — but why not? It is good for the sport.
We got a little bit of everything. Removing my bias as much as I can, I would say that is the best Olympic Games I have ever seen. From a sporting point of view, and as a celebration, a historical event, from the quality of the venues, it was the greatest show on earth. We absolutely nailed it.
I was even talking to some Australians the other day who said we had even surpassed Sydney — and coming from them, that's some compliment!
I just hope we use the momentum from these Olympics and keep these sports in the spotlight. I'm nervous that in three months time we'll find the football's in full swing, players are kicking lumps out of each other, whinging, and all those aspects of the sport that we find frustrating are dominating the news.
The passion and commitment of the athletes and competitors that we've seen at the Olympic Games every single day needs to be captured and maintained as we head to Rio.
Former javelin world record holder and twice Olympic silver medallist Steve Backley will be an expert consultant for Eurosport-Yahoo! during the London 2012 Games.