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  1. The only downside of Calgary hosting the 2026 Games is that Nenshi won't be the mayor. Hopefully by then he is the Prime Minister. As for the East/West divide. Around the time of Atlanta/Sydney it was fairly even in Canada between the winter and summer. With Vancouver and Sochi, there is a massive slant to the winter now. I think that if you did a cross-country survey. Support for Calgary 2026 would be much higher then Toronto 2028. Also from a political standpoint. The Trudeau Liberals have a lot to gain from supporting a Calgary bid.
  2. That is the biggest benefit to awarding both. You don't risk pissing off either the French or the Americans.
  3. I think most Canadians would rather see Calgary host a Winter Olympics compared to Toronto hosting a Summer. I certainly would. I also think of it this way. 2020 - Tokyo 2022 - Beijing 2024 - Paris 2026 - Calgary 2028 - Los Angeles 2030 - hopefully things settle down enough in Europe and in the IOC to have a traditional country host. That gives the IOC 13 years of certainty. 13 years to rework the public image, to rebuild the brand and figure out how the Movement is going to function in our brave new world.
  4. Vancouver could have been a disaster if not for one very important thing; VANOC spent a considerable amount of time and energy in getting the whole country invested and interested. Even than it wasn't really until the feel good story of Alexandre Bilodeau winning the first gold medal that it became what we remember. Pyeongchang is probably going to fall into the category of Nagano and Torino.
  5. Everything I have seen is that no matter who faces le Pan in the final round, they will win. Macron is probably the 'best' candidate to begin with.
  6. I've thought about that, but it has come a lot more into focus when you have Governors in California, Colorado, New York, Mass etc and than the Mayors of LA, Chicago, NYC and Boston publicly stand up to Trump. There is just no obvious choice like Obama was for 2008. I would like to see Andrew Cuomo or Deval Patrick but I think neither are likely.
  7. Is it sad that I am already looking for potential Democratic candidates for 2020. Hopefully Democrats will be intelligent enough to pick a Governor or Mayor instead of another senator.
  8. Yep, I take a banned steroid - one that is often the source of the 'I didn't do it' drugs to reduce non-specific allergic inflammation. Rols, Baron and puppy are old enough, they must be on something by now.
  9. Vancouver would have won over Beijing. So any credible European bid would have won.
  10. I think one of the biggest issues is the tenure of IOC membership. Often times the president is a figurehead for a much larger group of power players. A number of which are gone (Diack, Cinquanta, Gosper). The number of Europeans is falling. A few structural changes I think would greatly benefit the IOC. Membership should be: NOC president's from all countries that have hosted the Olympic Games. 23 Athlete representatives elected at the previous 5 Olympics. 4 per addition. 20 IF presidents. I believe there are 35 IFs currently represented in competition 30 at large members, that have to be either a former athlete or current NOC/IF head not represented in the above the 5 continental OCs and the president of the AOC, AWIF and ASIF. So at most, the membership would be consisting currently of 106 members. All members can only serve for a maximum of 10 years. President and VPs can only serve for 4 years. If any person is entitled to serve as an IOC member, but serves in that entitlement for more then 10 years the federation/NOC/sports associate forfeits the right to be represented until a new leader is elected. Thus creating downward pressure so that we cannot have any more Diack/Cinquanta/Blatter's. The quick turn-over would force the IOC to employ professionals, bound by Swiss law to negotiate television and sponsorship contracts.
  11. I think the IWF is taking a strong stand. But the sport is riddled with a doping problem that dates back to the 1970's. Weightlifting was the first sport to face serious scrutiny over doping in the 80's and it hasn't changed. When your results cannot be trusted in any reasonable fashion it should not be apart of the Olympics. Even cycling doesn't have this kind of doping problem.
  12. Beijing 2008: 14 of 45 medal winners tested positive London 2012: 11 of 45 medal winners tested positive Rio 2016: 7 of 45 medal winners should have not been allowed to compete and could be stripped of their medals because of the rampant doping in the previous two editions.
  13. I wonder why they are downplaying medal hopefuls for Tokyo. On the men's side de Grasse, McBride, Thorne, Dunfee, Barber, Amhed and Drouin should all still be competitive or become more competitive for the distance runners and walkers. Even Warner could still be competitive. On the women's side it might be a bit more tight. But there is some talent in the 400m and 400m hurdles coming through. And Watson is still young
  14. Is Seoul really an option though? That is a lot of time commuting into and out of the Olympic city without being able to enjoy it that much.
  15. I still maintain that Barcelona was better. 7 golds. @Bezzi. yes Canada routinely beats Brazil in total medals. I actually don't think Brazil has won more medals than Canada ever. But Brazil has beaten Canada in golds since 2004 with Beijing being a tie. That is primarily down to Brazil being stronger in team sports.