Cincinnati was simply on fire. For 10 days, hundreds of choirs from 49 countries and all over the U.S. came to sing, share and compete. They took the stage in Music Hall, the School for Creative and Performing Arts, as well as in churches and on the street.

From the welcoming banners at the airport to the gaggles of youngsters, dressed alike and being shepherded through the streets by parents and directors, you could not turn around in downtown Cincinnati without images of celebration. A parade, an impromptu concert in the lobby of an office building, excited visitors of many languages.

More than one image of thousands of people on Fountain Square ignited a Facebook buzz of congratulations and pride in our city.

There were people everywhere in colorful national outfits; there were scrambles to get tickets as word spread of the quality of the concerts; the music was simply fantastic.

There are so many people to thank: thousands of volunteers, those who wrote the big checks and the companies that made significant sponsorships.

 Still, we can't help but see it a bit more simply: Nick Vehr got his Olympics.

The politician-turned-PR man now at the helm of Vehr Communications planted the seed and worked tirelessly to make it happen.

Do you remember when folks were rolling their eyes at his efforts to qualify the city as a host for the 2012 Olympics? He kept on believing. He organized sponsors and researchers to develop a 806-page proposal, suggesting venues across the Tristate and the mechanics of hosting the Games. The bid, ultimately rejected, did put Cincinnati in contention.

His message was clear: Cincinnati would never even get close to the Olympics unless it shucked the negative, inferior mindset that we're just not good enough. It went something like this: "Look, maybe we don't get the Olympics this time, but just the effort changes our thinking and makes it possible for us to think big and bold about getting other world-class events."

The World Choir Games are over and the verdict is in. Vehr got his Olympics, and in some ways they are more beautiful and fitting for Cincinnati. 

"Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men."