I have tried to grasp what the London Olympics mean and why they are such a joyous occasion. Even the tumultous celebrations for the gold medals of Super Saturday transcend nationality because we feel wonder at the extraordinary achievements of Michael Phelps in the swimming pool even as we celebrate Jessica Ennis in the stadium.
This morning I heard Lord Coe, Chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, talking to Gary Richardson on Sportweek, BBC Radio 5 Live and he told this very moving story:
"Yesterday I met a volunteer Games Maker [who are everywhere in their distinctive purple and beige uniforms] and asked him what he did. The volunteer replied that he was a medic at the boxing venue and so I asked him what he did in everyday life. After he had explained that he was an consultant anaesthetist in the A&E of a large London hospital I thanked for him what he was doing, telling him that the event would not be possible without him and how fortunate all the competitors were to have such high quality medical care. He paused and said 'Oh no - thank you, Lord Coe, thank you for bringing these Olympics to London. I was on duty at the hospital on the day of the London bombings and on that day I saw the worst that humanity can do. This week I have seen the very best that humanity can accomplish and it has given me closure - that is why I want to thank you."
We go to the Olympic Park on Tuesday to wonder at the buildings, the flower meadows and the athletic events. We will wave our flags and cheer until we are hoarse and I will remember the day for the rest of my life no matter who wins or loses, because in that park is the very best that humanity can accomplish.