Viewpoint: The Olympics bring us together

For 17 days from London, Olympic athletes from around the world amazed and inspired us.

We're especially proud of Team USA which had an incredible games, winning  104 medals including 46 golds.

These Olympics became the most watched television event in U.S. history.  We're proud to have brought you the coverage on WALB NBC, and we thank you for watching.

You saw the most successful Olympian in history, Michael Phelps, once again showcase his unmatched dedication and competitive spirit.

Misty May Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings took time off to get married and have children after the Beijing Olympics, and still returned to top form to win a third straight beach volleyball gold medal.

Gabby Douglas made history, becoming the first black athlete to win an Olympic all-around gymnastics title.  She also led her team to a gold medal, and she did it all with an infectious smile and great attitude.

There were as many enthralling stories at the London Olympics as there were athletes at the games.  For two and a half weeks, we didn't worry so much about our still struggling economy or nasty political battles.

We were all just Americans cheering for our team.  Hopefully, we won't have to wait until the next Olympics to feel that sense of togetherness again.