14 August 2012
Congratulations to London and the United Kingdom for staging what will doubtless be remembered as the greatest Olympic Games ever. The venues, officials, volunteers, competitors, and spectators were all magnificent. From a brilliant original Opening Ceremony, through remarkable athletic achievements, to the jubilant Closing Ceremony, we have been treated to an enthralling spectacle.
London 2012 was truly a triumph for Britain and its success stands as a lasting tribute to everyone who worked so tirelessly for the last seven years. On behalf of the United States, I would like to pay highest compliments to the leadership, professionalism and dedication of all those involved.
America brought one of the largest teams to the Games along with a significant number of visitors to watch them, and we are especially grateful for the British Government’s efforts to enable them to visit one of the world’s greatest cities, get them to events, and keep them safe. Special thanks should go to the Home Office, the Metropolitan Police Service, Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, the Mayor of London’s Office, Transport for London, and airport staff.
Appreciation and praise is also due to LOCOG and Lord Coe. London 2012 greatly benefitted from his vision, guiding hand and devotion to the universal principles of fair play and good sportsmanship.
We look forward to the Paralympics, knowing that they will be equally outstanding and knowing that London has raised the bar for other cities around the world seeking to host the Olympic Games. 2012 will be a tough act to follow.
Louis B. Susman
U. S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s