Brazilians were promised winning the bid for the World Cup and Olympics wouldn't be at the financial detriment to the country. In fact, they were told the usual spiel about how it would actually benefit the country with the income both events would generate. But things haven't quite worked out as planned.
Maybe it was naive. Naive to believe that things would be different. That we weren't going to be back in exactly the same place four months on.
On a grey Saturday morning I brave the freezing weather to go on a trip to the Olympic Park in east London. No, it hasn't
The power of female athletes to draw audiences in London 2012 highlights the appetite for women's sport. However, the current lack of coverage is creating a glass ceiling effect. The lack of exposure on the playing field is reflected in the boardroom with few women in senior positions at sports clubs and governing bodies.
If the London 2012 Olympic Games have taught us anything it is that football doesn't quite matter anymore.
We welcomed the Olympics in Tower Hamlets, despite our concerns about its over commercialisation.
We Brits certainly know how to party. Sunday's closing ceremony for the London 2012 Games was a truly foot-tapping, arm-waving musical celebration. I was lucky enough to be there and it was not unlike the best of Glastonbury but with seats - and no mud! The evening was a fitting end to a festive fortnight in the global spotlight: a tribute to the uplifting spirit of the games, to the world's athletes and to our friendly volunteers - the face of the games.
Expectations were high. London 2012 was expected to deliver the most sustainable Games ever. But will there be a legacy? I have always seen London 2012 as a sustainable regeneration project interrupted by a few weeks of sport. This is a view developed by the political leaders at the time and led to the concept of the sustainable Games.