Claire Heald of BBC News offers a glimpse into the experiences of some of the 70,000 volunteers who help the Olympics run as smoothly as possible. 

She writes:

As two weeks of helping to make the Games and herding the crowds come to a close, how has life been for Olympics volunteers?

"I've said I'm going to get buried in my uniform, when the time comes," says Kirsten, a volunteer at the Olympic Games.

That's a pair of London 2012-emblazoned chinos, a purple and red polyester shirt, regulation bag, hat, jacket, brolly and trainers that she is signing up to as the eternal outfit.

Such is the enthusiasm of the 70,000 "Games Makers" who have staffed venues, directed the lost and inattentive, mended grazes and helped make the sport happen on the field of play.
 
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