Minneapolis/ St.Paul bid.
Posted 17 July 2012 - 02:53 PM
Posted 21 July 2012 - 02:48 PM
Posted 24 July 2012 - 12:12 AM
Posted 27 July 2012 - 12:48 PM
Now the second question is "will" Minneapolis host a SOG within the next say 50 years? I will certainly agree that it is highly, highly unlikely for two key reasons. First off if our relative lack of recognition on the international stage. Minneapolis is a business-oriented city, not a tourist-oriented one. While it is physically attractive, I would be the first to say we certainly don't have the panache of a Paris, Rome, or Istanbul. However, neither does Chicago so in and of itself, I don't see that as a big showstopper. The bigger issue is that, at 3.5 million people, we are still only the 15th largest metropolitan area within the U.S. Like I've said before when many of you have climaxed all over yourself about similar sized cities like Cape Town, Durban, or Vancouver, or the Australians on this board having wet dreams about Brisbane, it's much easier to get to the international round when you are the #2 or #3 city in a B-list country. Sorry if that sounds like snobbery, but it's true. Just like how Miss Texas almost always does well at the Miss USA pageant, the strongest competition for Minneapolis would come from having to beat out the likes of San Francisco, New York or Chicago. If and when the IOC and the Olympic movement itself ever reverts back to the applicants of the 1970s and 1980s like Montreal, Munich, Atlanta, Athens, etc. then I believe whatever US city goes up against that sized competition would likely fare well, provided the political winds weren't blowing into the Americans' faces.
Bottom line: COULD Minneapolis technically pull off the Olympics? It would take some very hard work and additional infrastructure not yet in place, but yes, I believe we could. WILL we host the SOG in my lifetime? Highly, highly unlikely. But let's stop acting like the **** in Vancouver, Brisbane and even Chicago doesn't stink any less than it does here.
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