London 2012 is shaping up to be among the best Olympic games of all time, the chief of the US team has said.

Teresa Edwards, a former basket ball champion and Team USA's chef de mission, heaped praise on the sporting venues and said: "I wish I was playing.

"These games, I can honestly say from my heart, are very exciting for me.

"It's very enriching to watch young talent come to the forefront that we didn't anticipate.

"These athletes have been waiting for this opportunity for a long time, have worked and sacrificed to be here.

"What better environment? It's beautiful here: the weather's great; the people are awesome; the venues are great; everywhere I've been has been packed. I think it's some of the best Games."

Her feelings were apparently shared by the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF).

Mark Adams, of the International Olympic Committee, said: "We had a report back (from the ASOIF) - and they can be pretty tough at times - where they said this was probably the best games they had ever been to."

He said the ASOIF had received "no complaints at all" from sports federations.

"That's pretty amazing - they can be pretty tough task masters," he added.

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    Great Britain's Gemma Gibbons celebrates beating Netherlands' Marhinde Verkerk in round of quarter final match in the -78kg category at the ExCel Arena, London.

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    Great Britain's Andy Murray celebrates winning his Third Round match of the Men's Singles at the Olympic Tennis Venue, Wimbledon.

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    Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins celebrates after winning the Men's Individual Time Trial on day five of the London Olympic Games at Hampton Court Palace, London.

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  • The Netherlands' Mink van der Weerden celebrates his second goal against Belgium in the men's hockey preliminary match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in London. The Netherlands' won 3-1. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • Canada's men's eight rowing team member Jeremiah Brown celebrates his silver medal at Eton Dorney during the 2012 Summer Olympics in Dorney, England on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)

  • Canada's men's eight rowing team members Will Crothers celebrates his silver medal at Eton Dorney during the 2012 Summer Olympics in Dorney, England on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)

  • Italy's Daniele Molmenti celebrates as he crosses the finish line in the final of the K-1 men's kayak slalom at Lee Valley Whitewater Center, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in Waltham Cross near London. Daniele Molmenti won the gold medal in the event. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Italy's Daniele Molmenti celebrates as he crosses the finish line in the final of the K-1 men's kayak slalom at Lee Valley Whitewater Center, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in Waltham Cross near London. Daniele Molmenti won the gold medal in the event. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Great Britain's Peter Robert Russell Wilson celebrates making the final with Hungarian Richard Bognar (left) after finishing the Double Trap Mens Qualification at the Royal Artillery Barracks, London.

  • Song Dae-Nam of South Korea celebrates after winning the Men's -90kg final match fight against Gonzalez of Cuba in the judo competition during the London 2012 Olympic Games in ExCeL at the London 2012 Olympic Games, London, Great Britain, 01 August 2012. Photo: Michael Kappeler