The good grace shown by some of the athletes away from the limelight at the Olympics is a lesson to us all.
The region has been gripped over the past fortnight watching a festival of sport little more than 120 miles away at the London 2012 Games.
While the likes of Mo Farah, Sir Chris Hoy and Jessica Ennis have received richly-deserved plaudits, others suffered bitter disappointment.
While the West Midlands has been blessed with medal-winners, others suffered broken bones, contentious disqualifications and an untimely loss of form.
One could forgive unfortunate athletes for being angry at such an occurance – having seen four years of early hours, poor pay and agonising training result in disappointment – but to a man, and woman, they took their fate with a sense of decorum which is all too often missing in today’s overpaid footballers.
So while we hope our Olympic successes will encourage more people to take up healthy pursuits, the attitudes of some of the less successful athletes will leave an equally salient legacy for young would-be athletes – the paramount importance of good sportsmanship.