Olympic Games leave London with a golden glow

Updated 1134 GMT (1934 HKT) August 10, 2012
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London's Olympic Park has transformed Stratford in east London. The area was once a post-industrial wasteland, blighted by pollution. Today it is a bright, colorful park. Bryony Jones/CNN
After years of hard work, the contaminated land has been cleaned up and planted with wildflowers all the colors of the rainbow. Bryony Jones/CNN
They provide an oasis of calm in the heart of the bustling Olympic Park, which has welcomed thousands of sports fans in recent weeks. Getty Images
An army of volunteers clad in bright purple, red and pink welcome visitors to the Games. Getty Images
The volunteers have been credited with helping ensure the success of London's Olympics, creating a happy, positive mood in the city. Bryony Jones/CNN
Even the traditional British summer weather hasn't been able to dampen the spirits of fans from all over the world. AFP/Getty Images
Huge support for Team GB has helped the home side shoot up the medal table. Getty Images
Brits hope the country's renewed optimism will be one of the lasting legacies of the Games. Getty Images