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    ... “fair” is very subjective - how does the UK wanted to be treated? I ask that question since UK can call the "eat the cake and have it" approach as "fair" - which isn't fair at all in my pov. When we talk about fairness we have to talk about that fairness works only when it works both ways... The UK shouldn’t believe that the Europeans didn’t recognise that they were blamed for every little problem in the UK (and I mean the citizens of the EU living in the UK - we don't blame the UK-citizens, who live here (or we don't call them immigrants) for every problem in our countries) or that the EU-institutions were linked with totalitarianism, which is just nonsense... (the EU structures didn't fall from the heaven - the UK had every opportunity to veto it - but didn’t do it - the same is valid for every EU-rule). Norway didn’t enter the EU due a referendum - in the meantime Norway and the EU found an agreement (to which the UK agreed also). That might happen with the UK and EU as well, but the EU will treat the UK like Norway - it has to be fair... The Norwegian seem to be happy with the agreement - why should the EU differ between the UK and Norway? It was clear before the referendum in June 2016 that the EU will treat a third country like any other third country - why should the UK be treated differently? In my point of view the UK decided in an advisory referendum to leave the political and economical structures of Europe - the previous parliament said it will take it as mandatory - it must had been clear for everybody in the UK that this will have a huge impact on everybody’s life in the UK.
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    The IOC doesn't care about states doping. So no.
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    Wasn't really sure where to put this, but this is going to be my last post here on the site. After 11 years I have decided that the passion for the site is no longer there. I just wanted to say thank you for the memories and I wish you all good health, wealth and lots of spectacular ceremonies to come... For my last post, after all my years of searching, I finally got my hands on the official DVD of the Sydney 2000 ceremonies that's my weekend sorted Thank You and Goodnight X
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    About time someone pointed this out. What are we still doing with subforums about the 2018 Bid which ended 6 years ago already? Same for 2020, where we still have a couple of peeps posting on the Tokyo thread over there when all Tokyo 2020 posts should be done in the new subforum dedicated to the next Summer Games. It really becomes confusing for people who is interested on joining the site. I understand the 2024-2028 subforums are still around because they ended just recently, but in the near future they should be taken down too and replaced with their proper subforums.
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    A huge sea change in global opinion over the Olympic Games in the last twenty five or so years since Sydney won the rights to 2000 is clearly obvious. GamesBids web page is still a reasonably good site for Olympic news and general sports hosting news, BUT the forum pages need updating NOW. The main menu still hasn't been reorganised since the double hosting of 2024 and 2028 were announced. We are still having to scroll past former events that hold little interest anymore. Another factor is that life has got faster and there just isn't the time to talk. Mainly in the between years where nothing major is going on - case in point - Australia and New Zealand are hosting the Rugby League World Cup which is only gaining a marginal presence in even the sports news simply because the last FIFA18 qualifiers are being played. It will light up in a couple or so months when PeyongChang hosts the OWGs and again for Russia18 but will go quiet for the rest of the year. Sports Bodies themselves are becoming jaded at the IOC due to it's oversized governance and now focusing on their own "world cup" events. And now in the world of multi media, TV coverage costs nearly $1 billion. As for those who were regular chatters...Life moves on. Yes we have had our ups and downs but in the anonymous web world, really all in no harm. Good luck in life Scotguy...Just now and then have a sneaky peek to keep up with the news...
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    This is what happened the last time there was a circular hole in the middle of a stadium . . They should be more careful with those holes. You never know what will pop up. ;-)
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    No they couldn't have since most residents didn't want it. You meant to say Annecy.
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    The map of the stage as seen from the interview done by the ceremonies producer , now that you mention it, kind of highlights this section. I don't know if it could be a designated area for a chorus or musicians. However I believe with the extreme low temperatures the day of the opening, a music group would be for show and they wouldn't be really performing live, so I don't think it's really feasible. On the other hand, since they rushed building the stage because of the K Pop concert its possible this area will also be part of it and those highlight lines we see on the pic are nothing special. Some more pics I managed to find (taken shortly before the concert) Seems the ramp is also a staircase. Or a ramp which transforms into a staircase (that would be a neat idea)
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    Have a look at this https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model/6903ecad-df72-4e52-8601-ad04fd021156/Pyeongchang-Olympic-Stadium Guess who built that... Me!
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    Flying taxis are not iPhones though. It's not like smartphones didn't exist a decade ago before the iPhone came on the market and consolidated the industry. They evolved out of a previous generation of technology that was in place long before Steve Jobs made the iPhone a reality. Operational challenges? Dude.. can you honestly tell me you're envisioning 2028 with a network of flying taxis roaming over Los Angeles (or any city for that matter, forgetting just the Olympics) and that somehow it's going to be priced affordably enough to make this work? There's no way. You know what else didn't exist a decade ago? Uber. But what grew that into a multi-billion dollar company was based on technology largely already in existence. This requires a whole fleet of vehicles which are barely even in the planning stages. So yea, 11 years is not exactly a long time to make that happen. Again, Back to the Future predicted flying cars to be a reality in 30 years. Didn't happen. IMO, 11 years is not enough to make that reality come true.
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    Tokyo 2020 cycling route to pass foot of Mount Fuji Kyodo Nov 8, 2017 The men’s road cycling race at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is expected to cover a 270-km route starting in the Tokyo suburbs of Chofu, going past Lake Yamanaka and the foot of Mounbt Fuji, and finishing at Fuji Speedway in Shizuoka Prefecture, a source said Tuesday. According to the proposed route, the starting line will be near the Musashino Forest Sport Centre and competitors will race along National Route 413 before going around the lake, Fuji Speedway and the base of Japan’s highest peak before returning to the race circuit. “For the athletes, it will be tough, with a lot of difference in elevation, but it is a wonderful course with Mount Fuji in the background,” the source said. The women’s course will start and finish in the same places, but the distance will cover about 140 km, leaving out the part around the foothills of Mount Fuji, the source said. The International Cycling Union has basically approved these routes, but some parts — including the area in Tokyo and near Fuji Speedway — may change slightly before they are finalized around next March. If approved, Yamanashi Prefecture will join eight other prefectures in helping Tokyo host the 2020 Games. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2017/11/08/olympics/tokyo-2020-cycling-route-pass-foot-mt-fuji/#.WgNGjYjJ3IU
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    CBC's Intro music: https://soundcloud.com/cbc_music/cbc-olympic-games-theme-2018-pyeongchang
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    that's good. keep expectations low. i pretty much welcome you to gb.
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    Hello, everyone. I'm not really sure if I posted this correctly, but anyway here it goes... My name is James and I'm just new here. Great community by the way and I hope I'm pretty much welcome here.
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    We all know that's not going to happen, as much as most of us want to. Sadly, money is the only thing they have on their mind. However I expect maybe one or two of the federations are banned from PC, just like the athletics team was banned from Rio. Again, they're hypocrite. They fully sanctioned countries like Kuwait (on this case for state meddling in their NOC affairs) because they're generally irrelevant when it comes to sport (even though a kuwait athlete won a gold medal as part of the Independent Olympic Team). But Russia, China, or former communist countries which we all know had a state sponsored doping plan never got anything at all, because they give attraction to the games, for better or for worse, and that's the only thing they care about. I want to be idealistic and believe Russia will be fully sanctioned, but sadly that's just a fantasy which won't happen. Also, Pyeongchang is already having enough problems trying to convince North Korean officials to assist to the games in order to appease the current political climate (Thanks, Trump. ) I don't think they want to be on bad terms with Russian officials now to make the situation even more complicated than it already is.
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    The Gold Coast 2018 medals have been unveiled.
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    Hadn't Been to London for a while, took these pictures today.STILL EXHILARATING TO BEHOLD THE ORBIT
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    2018 Nike Olympic jerseys now released--Lightest Nike hockey jerseys ever, No waist stripes, Reduced cresting size (bit disappointing), No collar lines or design, Heat-applied numbering Canada and the USA unveiled theirs Wednesday with the rest yesterday. Not big of a fan of those color-amplifying grandients on many of these jerseys. The swoosh is inspired by a skate's ice blade. Do worry that the numbering will peel off during the games. Meanwhile, Russia nearly goes on retromode with its design from 20 years ago in Nagano when Nike first took over the IIHF/Olympic jerseys. South Korea's jerseys looks livelier outside the Olympics with its recent editions up to this. Great disappointment there. Ditto for Germany with the crest moved upwards. Sweden's traditional Sweden with the Tre Kronor.
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    Tickets are (finally) being handed over on physical format. Here's a closeup of them with the official look
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    Haven't touched on that yet. But we know that's being worked on as we speak. The simple OBS logo I'm sure will appear. I can check tomorrow...
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    Happy 100th Olympic Countdown Day! And some of the media news just hitting right around this time as expected. Very Scandinavian-heavy here to kick off. Taken me several hours with this. For starters on this post, Swedish hockey legend Calle Johansson, captain of Team Sweden back in Nagano when the NHL sent its star players there 20 years ago, joins fresh from Viasat to the Discovery Networks Sverige Pyeongchang 2018 squad in the hockey realm reunited with fellow ex-Tre Kronor gold medal-winning teammates Peter "Foppa" Forsberg and Hakan Loob, women's goalie Kim Martin Hansson, Daniel Rudslatt, program manager Karin Frick, and commentator Tommy Astrom in a star-studded sportscasting team. Still holding a passion for the sport with looking forward to a "fun" experience after missing the sportscasting hockey on Viasat and Canal+ in being away. Bit ironic that Johansson, Forsberg, and Loob are reuniting at a time, this here as broadcasters and bringing the excitement with heavy ice hockey coverage, when the NHL won't allow its players to head over another Asian-based Winter Olympics 20 years after the last one in Nagano, Japan. A shame they won't call the current NHL generation for they would be as exciting. Bit further on the Swedish Discovery Networks Olympic broadcasting distribution in one of the greatest Swedish TV projects ever: Kanal 5 is where everything that the 2018 Swedish Olympic Team does gets shown as the main Olympic channel, but the first Sweden men's hockey game may force Charlotte Kalla's nordic skiing run to Kanal 9, the extra channel when events collide and perhaps a little more. Kanal 5 will be around the clock with its Olympic coverage. Eurosport 1 will be the home of (but certainly not limited to) Olympic hockey including Sweden's games. Eurosport 2 will take on an international approach with everything of course on Eurosport Player: https://www.expressen.se/sport/hockey/svenske-legendaren-blir-expert-under-os/ Very much the same press release announcing the Eurosport Spain Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic coverage that promises an Olympics like never before. But this includes photos at the Madrid press conference. For the self-produced Rumbo a Pyeongchang documentary series portion, Lugas Eguíbar, Quim Salarich, Red Imano, Julia Bargalló participated in the presentation with Quim Salarich and Javier Fernández speaking in video on location from Salt Lake City and Toronto, respectively, while training/competing. Cross-country skier Imanol Rojo and ice dancers Sara Hurtado and Kirill Khaliavin also made appearances to explain their sports: http://www.marca.com/deportes-invierno/2017/10/30/59f72789ca4741436b8b45ae.html http://www.europapress.es/deportes/olimpiadas-00169/noticia-eurosport-quiere-espectador-viva-experiencia-unica-retransmisiones-pyenongchang-2018-20171030142828.html Jonas "Mr. Allsvenskan" Dahlquist returns to sports broadcasting after 15 years with TV4/Canal+/C-More--another one leaving TV4 like Patrick Ekwall and Camille Nordlund. He'll join the Discovery Networks/Eurosport Olympic sportscasting team for this 2018-2020 Olympic cycle. But for much of this year, he took a leave of absence living in Burma (Myanmar) with his family and volunteering with Doctors Without Borders. Portfolio for Pyeongchang 2018 TBD. But very easy to figure he'll definitely do Olympic soccer in Tokyo two years later. Moreover, the Allsvenskan comes to the Discovery Networks starting in 2020 for him to cover: https://www.expressen.se/sport/fotboll/profilen-lamnar-c-more-ar-klar-konkurrenten/ Another article, this one from Dagens Media, on Patrick Ekwall's arrival to Eurosport: https://www.dagensmedia.se/medier/rorligt/patrick-ekwall-till-eurosport-ska-bevaka-os-6852008 ICYMI from this summer, Hakan Loob, hockey legend and the first Swede to score 50 goals in a NHL season in 1987-88, joined Discovery/Eurosport as a member of the ice hockey sportscasting team as the second person on board there. He's been in two Olympics. This is his first as a broadcaster: https://www.aftonbladet.se/sportbladet/a/OVp23/hockeyikonen-ar-os-kanalens-nya-varvning Next door in Finland, YLE announces once again YLE TV2 will serve as the Finnish Olympic TV channel anchor for the YLE coverage, although TV1 will also show Olympic broadcasts with for example both ceremonies. Let those Olympic fireworks and anticipation for Pyeongchang up to February begin! Together those YLE TV channels with YLE Arena that will include five simultaneous Olympic online channels, they will total over 650 hours for Finland. Coverage starts live in Finland early in the morning with the time difference from Helsinki to Pyeongchang being seven hours, which when YLE's will start and onwards to late afternoon (2am-5pm). Naturally, this is when there's a strong focus on the Finnish performances and the overall Olympic competitions and thus will be monitored daily all throughout, both live and in highlight form. TV2's Pyeongchang 2018 broadcasts will have Inka Henelius, Petra Mainland and Antti-Jussi Sipilä as studio anchors. As Winter Olympic sports specialists on the TV side, Kalle Palanderia (alpine skiing), Sami Jauhojärvi and Jussi Piira (cross-country skiing) offer their expertise with also other renowned top Finnish winter sports names include Laura Lepistö (figure skating), Sanna-Leena Perunka (biathlon) and Virpi Sarasvuo (cross-country skiing) appearing in YLE's Olympic programming during those sports. As we know by now and surely noticed on this thread whenever Finland comes up, YLE will be unable this time to show the men's Olympic hockey including those involving the Lions, Finland's national men's hockey team, as part of the negotiating agreements between YLE as a sublicenser and Eurosport/TV5/Discovery Networks. Those of course are the TV broadcasting property of Discovery-owned TV5 and Eurosport with Eurosport Player online/digital. But the Lions and other men's hockey games will be heard over YLE Speech Radio with analysis provided by Kai Suikkanen there, who will likely make appearances on TV2. The women's Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic hockey tournament, on the other hand, will get televised on TV2 and Areena and that will feature the Vancouver 2010 bronze medalists Finnish women's hockey team (the Lionesses?) with commentary and analysis coming from Saara Niemi and Tuula Puputti. Evenings at 17:45 (5:45) is primarily devoted to TV2's presentation and analysis of the day's ice hockey matches. If there's a scheduling conflict with the women's hockey team and, say, skiing on TV2, the Damland team goes to TV1. For those who want to watch but don't like the Eurosport commentary, go ahead and watch the visuals and listen to the YLE Speech or YLE Vega audio online or on the dial. On the YLE radio side of things, Jere Pehkonen, Mari Pekkanen, Marko Miettinen, and Jouko Vuolle will come at Finnish listeners to hear live broadcasts of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games as well as present the Olympic news of the day from YLE Speech with further analysis and radio commentary of men's hockey online at Areena with a 215-hour total broadcast amount on YLE Speech and heard, like with TV, early morning to late afternoon. At 6pm evenings from South Korea, this program will look at the top days of the day: the performances, comments and analyzes of the Finns, without examining or forgetting the best stories, exotic Korean culture, or glimpses of the past moments on the scene both on the ground and in Finland. Kristiina Kekäläinen's live sport show comes in front of the studio audience at the Pasila Rally School in Helsinki with also some interesting names from the sports world dropping by. So with YLE it's a total of 865 hours of Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic fun: https://yle.fi/urheilu/3-9910861 In case you're wondering about the YLE's Swedish Olympic coverage, Olympic men's hockey won't be shown there either for Pyeongchang. Neither is any Swedish-language TV coverage on FST5/YLE Fem at all this time. Must be a negotiating thing because ice hockey is one of the attractive anchor events for Swedish sports TV viewers and once it was on TV5 and Eurosport, interest would wane and there wouldn't be anything to center the Swedish TV presentation. But it'll on YLE Swedish-language radio for the first time in 10 years at YLE Vega. Hockey on both YLE Speech and YLE Vega will last all the way to the end with the gold medal game, regardless of how Finland fares in both. Plus and interestingly, Finns won't see as much curling as much as they would like on television on TV1 or TV2 and skiing gets greater priority perhaps because curling lacks a Finnish championship pedigree but has earned a cult following there. But curling gets greater opportunities online at YLE Areena. Swedish summaries arrive on YLE Vega in connection with the news and summarize again, this time more fully, at midnight South Korea time, which is 17:00 or 5pm Finland time. TV2 ends their Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic programming day with a one hour magazine show broadcasting at 18-19 (7-8pm) and 21-22 (9-10pm) with YLE News likely sandwiched in between as the second hour looks forward to the next day of competition in a preview format: https://svenska.yle.fi/artikel/2017/11/01/sa-har-bevakar-yle-os-i-pyeongchang-hockeyreferat-pa-svenska-i-radio A press conference announcing TVNorge's coverage plans and its troops came this morning in Oslo. Discovery, as Kampanje later reveals, will dispatch personnel of 130 (includes journalists, commentators, reporters, and technical staff) to Pyeongchang, South Korea, which is slightly less than what TV2 Norge sent for Sochi at 140. Plans are also forthcoming to build an Olympic evening TV studio back in Oslo, Norway to further boost the TVNorge Olympic staff. TVNorge, Eurosport Norge, Eurosport 1, and Eurosport Player showed off the first of its 53 Olympic Moments bringing up the finest Olympic memories as part of its massive Olympic TV advertising campaign. The video below shows nordic cross country skiing legend Bjorn Daehlie recalling his gold medal-winning performance in Nagano 1998. Skiier Kjeil Andre Aamodt appears in another talking about how he missed in his own home nation: http://www.kampanje.com/medier/2017/11/discovery-klar-for-vinter-ol--sender-130-personer-til-sor-korea/ Coverage for TVNorge and Eurosport Norway/Eurosport1/Eurosport Player starts live daily 24 hours. But what TVNorge plans to do reminds me of what Mexico's Televisa used to do in infusing comedy into their Olympic programming not long ago because that's what TVNorge aims to do. Or maybe Australia's Roy and HG. Don't worry about that overshadowing the sports on TVNorge because it certainly won't be unlike Televisa. At 16:00 (4pm) local time, Anne Rimmer and Jon Almaas come on as co-anchors for OL-Evening. Then at 20:00 (8pm) some of Norway's best comedians at TVNorge including Espen Eckbo, Lene Kongsvik Johansen, Calle Hellevang-Larsen, and Magnus Devold dish out their own lighter side of the day's competition and offer some entertainment at Oslo's Central Station for one hour called OL-Kveld (OL Evening). On both TVNorge and Eurosport Norge at 16:00 (or 4pm) to 20:00 (8pm) dailly highlights are shown. As for Eurosport Player, all the Olympic disciplines will be shown on that streaming services there free of charge. Remember Ylvis? They have a new show inspired by and parodying Justin Bieber's Norwegian visit. Called "Stories From Norway", it'll get a premiere during the Games. To attract the younger viewers, TVNorge will have non-Olympic TV programming on its Discovery streaming service with hopes of a significant post-Olympics TV viewing bounce like TV 2 Norge did four years ago as it rises like with its sports department. But Discovery feels confident it's up to the massive responsibility: http://kampanje.com/medier/2017/11/slik-skal-discovery-sjefen-fa-mest-mulig-ut-av-ol-effekten/#cxrecs_s http://kampanje.com/medier/2017/11/ylvis-tilbake-med-helt-nytt-program--slik-blir-varen-pa-tvnorge/#cxrecs_s Tomas Northug, Åge Skinstad, Vibeke Skofterud, Jan Christian Bjørn (cross country skiing), medalists with solid TV experience Kjetil André Aamodt, Lasse Kjus and Tom Stiansen along with commentator Håkon Bjercke (alpine skiing), Espen "Shampoo" Knutsen (hockey), coach Anders Bardal and former national team member Kjetil Strandbråten (ski jumping), Ann Kristin Flatland, Morten Hegle Svendsen (Emil's brother), the more unknown Martin Eng, and Asbjørn Myhre (biathlon), Helene Olafsen (snowboarding), Andreas Håtveit (freestyle skiing), former national skater Mikael Flygind Larsen with Arve Birds at the Olympic Ice Skating Hall (figure skating), and Thoralf Hognestad and Lars Vågberg (curling) make up the TVNorge/Eurosport Norge/Eurosport Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics sports commentary teams: http://kampanje.com/medier/2017/11/lillebror-northug-blir-tv-ekspert-i-ol/#cxrecs_s Peter Staub, the SRF's chief director at SRF Sport in Switzerland, says that daily Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic programming will come live on SF2 with 1-15:30 Uhr (1am-3:30pm) CET programming block under the PyeongChan Live banner. It resumes at 20:00 (8pm) with the most important comps in time records and then 10 minutes after the Olympia-Magazine show with all the day's highlights. Look for a similar layout with the French and Italian versions. Jann Billetter could cover ice hockey. Hans Jucker has many sports assignments and may not join the crew this time in Pyeongchang as opposed to Sochi. Some commentators may indeed could just do theirs back in Zurich: https://www.srf.ch/sendungen/hallosrf/hallo-srf-chat-mit-srf-sport Polska Radio Trojka has Tomasz Gorazdowski reporting on the Pyeongchang facilities this morning on the morning show "Welcome to the Trio" at 6:20 and 7:40 Poland time, To The South at 9.20pm, and in the afternoon show Welcome to the Three at 16.20 and 17.10 (4:20pm and 5:10pm): http://www.wirtualnemedia.pl/artykul/trojka-z-pjongczangu-zrelacjonuje-przygotowania-do-io-na-100-dni-przed-rozpoczeciem-imprezy Because Kanal 2 holds a greater reach throughout Estonia at 98% with operators than Kanal 12 at 92% that since went to pay-TV this summer across the Estonian population, Kanal 2 will maintain the IOC's requirements of Winter Olympics going on FTA TV for Eesti Meedia with 100+ hours (Kanal 2 plans to go 200+). ERR (featuring ETV) and Viasat's TV3 (broadcaster of the figure skating at Sochi 2014 and track and field at Rio 2016) never considered the asking price issued for sublicensing from Discovery and thus balked: http://sport.delfi.ee/news/varia/muu/kanal-2-vabalevist-kadumine-ei-mojuta-eesti-meedia-olumpiaulekannete-oigusi?id=78638292 LTV7 from Latvia will air the bobsled, luge, and skeleton World Cup season during this Olympic time starting next Thursday afternoon on November 9 from Lake Placid with skeleton and bobsledding. Sports that are popular with many Latvians. Commentary will be provided by Maris Rimmen and Calgary 1988 Olympics champion turned coach Jānis Ķipurs (bobsled) and together with skeleton manager Dainis Dukurs, coach Gintu Dzervis, and Diena newspaper journalist Maris Zembergs. Also it has a series from Sport Studija called Olympic Stories. Already it's at 9 parts with the latest being on snowboarder Tom Petrusevic. An earlier episode was on biathlete Baiba Baldika: http://ltv.lsm.lv/lv/aktualitates/?id=1321 Wondering about Russia? Well, there hasn't been a lot to cover there because negotiations are still ongoing. But at last check Match! TV is finalizing its negotiations to purchase the Russian broadcasting rights with an announcement coming sometime in the fall. Even if its participation in South Korea continues to be in doubt with all the doping charges and allegations. Schedule can cleared for the Olympics and it may get limited TV space, according to Russian soccer commentator Vasily Utkin. Should the likely deal happens, expect more TV hours and multiple channels. May have indeed backed off since: http://tass.com/sport/960086 KAZSport currently has since the beginning of September a series called Olympic Dreams on Kazakhstan's Winter Olympians and news on the national teams. Already it's on Grand Prix figure skating with focus pinning its Olympic hopes on Denis Ten and Elizabeth Tursynbayeva as well as showing World Cup stages in short track, speed skating, and freestyle skiing. Negotiations, like with Russia's Match TV, are ongoing but KAZSport TV director Pavel Tsybulin expresses concern about the Pyeongchang 2018 asking broadcast price, saying it's not worth 4x Rio's price: https://www.sports.kz/news/pavel-tsyibulin-perestante-nas-sravnivat-s-match-tv Eurosport's 1-minute 100-day countdown promo to celebrate the advent of its ambitious and heavily digital Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics coverage. This one, as it's shown across Europe in various languages and is exactly the same regardless wherever you go with its Korean drumming group spliced with various Sochi 2014 footage and Pyeongchang venues as it's meant to shown all over there, has Italian narration. We'll get the English version very soon:
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    IOC: "For the love of G-d, pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease bid Sion!! We are so freaking desperate!!!! OMG, won't you please bid!!!!!!"
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    Seems like the external towers have been raised. They seem tall/strong enough to be able to create a flying system for props.
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    I translated the messages of the persons who appears in this video. Show you my best play on my best stage. -Furusawa Takuya(wheelchair basketball player) Challenge to myself to make my dream come true. -Miyake Hiromi(weightlifter) I will make hot summer hotter. -Takato Naohisa(Judo) I will support the games with my kid. -Shelly(bilingual TV talent) Excitements and courages to the people all over the world.-Toyoda Mamiko(badminton player) Japanese culture to the world. -Ebizo Ichikawa(kabuki actor)
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    Those anime effects, though. Funny vid.
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    Yes, that's correct. And security looks to have been a sticking point, too: https://mobile.nytimes.com/2006/01/18/sports/sportsspecial1/olympic-fever-isnt-contagious-in-italy.html But it looks in the end, the Italians did embrace the (winter) Games: https://mobile.nytimes.com/2006/02/27/sports/olympics/italians-end-up-treating-the-games-like-their-own.html I guess it's just par for the course with the Olympics. People always scrutinize to the minutia every aspect & detail of things that aren't adding up with each upcoming Games, but in the end, it always seems to work out one way or another.
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    The new National Stadium, the venue of the opening ceremony of the 2020 Summer Olympics, is seen from a helicopter on Friday. Photo: KYODO https://japantoday.com/category/sports/Tokyo-marks-1-000-days-until-2020-Olympics?
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    I wonder what the EU should do that this feeling isn't building up in the UK? The UK voted to become a third country for the EU - this will have consequences - the EU is 'just' the bearer of bad news and therefore much easier to blame than to look onto the source.
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    That's not really a "ball." It's more a chalice/"goblet of fire" than a ball.
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    Or is the torch supposed to look like the cauldron? Ha! Which came first? The kimchee or the ginseng?
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    Too late. This bid is done when the referendum comes around. In an era with a skeptical public concerned about rising costs and government spending, not communicating a budget properly is a death knell for almost any Olympic bid these days. I wouldn't be surprised if at some point in the near future that the Swiss government decides to withdraw their support.
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    ^^ Actually I was thinking they would be temporary structures to hold mechanisms able to lift props, given most of the Stadium is roofless.
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    https://www.google.com/maps/uv?pb=!5sPyeongchang Olympic Stadium!6m14!1m13!7m1!1s%2F%2Flh5.googleusercontent.com%2F-pXcfc-z7nOk%2FWehppPB898I%2FAAAAAAAAABE%2FDL412ZpTRkcVc14g2W0vh4qIv8g024-LwCLIBGAYYCw%2Fw365-h486-k-no%2F!22m10!2m2!1e3!2s-pXcfc-z7nOk%2FWehppPB898I%2FAAAAAAAAABE%2FDL412ZpTRkcVc14g2W0vh4qIv8g024-LwCLIBGAYYCw!3m6!1e3!2e3!3m2!1i4608!2i3456!10s-pXcfc-z7nOk%2FWehppPB898I%2FAAAAAAAAABE%2FDL412ZpTRkcVc14g2W0vh4qIv8g024-LwCLIBGAYYCw!9b1&hl=fr-US&viewerState=lb
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    A month ago, France also picked their Flagbearer. https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1055940/double-olympic-champion-named-as-frances-pyeongchang-2018-flag-bearer
  37. 1 point
    Felt it was time due to open a topic about the Flagbearers for the Parade of Nations, as usual. Italy has recently selected the Athlete which will carry the Tricolore http://www.coni.it/en/news/primo-piano/14065-arianna-fontana-will-be-the-flag-bearer-for-italy-at-pyeongchang-2018.html
  38. 1 point
    Totally agree... It has been one of the most entertaining and well done shows I've ever seen... A real example of how you can make great things despite of not having a big stadium or a big space... or a huge amount of money.....
  39. 1 point
    Is it really that possible though? SO works because it's more of a humanitarian event rather than a competitive event so it's like comparing apples to oranges.. If you want to see what will happen to IPC after breaking their bond with IOC you may want to check the Deaflympics.. That event is struggling to find proper host..
  40. 1 point
    I couldn't agree more with the idea.. the current host city mostly treated PG as second priority. They poured all the resources and funds to OG then PG (as they didn't have choice, their main aim was OG but they should still do PG). Let IPC find their own host city that will pour wholeheartedly to stage PG. SO could find their host, I think IPC will also able to find their own host.
  41. 1 point
    Lake Placid is too far from Toronto. I can't ever see this happening. Montreal/Lake Place? Yes. It's a bit more than an hour away. But Toronto/Lake Placid? Laughable.
  42. 1 point
    Does everyone smell that? It reeks of desperation around the IOC these days. Good for them at least they're continuing to come to the realization that their organization is broken and needs to be fixed.
  43. 1 point
    Oh boy - are they switching from desperate into hysteria mode now?! Do they want to "lock in" Olympic sites for the rest of century! Maybe those "let's play Olympic host cities for the next 100 years" games wasn't that far-fetched after all!!
  44. 1 point
    The Swiss will be like the Norwegian's, & in the end will tell the IOC to take a hike, especially being Sion. They didn't take to kindly when they lost to Turin back in 1999 when 2006 was suppose to be theirs for the taking. I'm sure some memories are still bitter.
  45. 1 point
    Jesus Christ. You're the reason we need abortion.
  46. 1 point
    https://www.olympicchannel.com/en/events/pyeongchang-2018-olympic-torch-relay---flame-lighting-ceremony/ You can watch the flame lighting at Olympia on this link
  47. 1 point
    Its all very depressing and I think it was inevitable it would be acrimonious. Barnier is just doing his job trying to deal with a line up of deluded idiots on the British side. Junker on the other hand took the vote personally - his legacy as commission president is permanently ruined. He is bitter and out for revenge. If he was a bigger man he would try to be magnanimous and offer a grander vision that maybe the brits could live with - some kind of looser relationship. The trouble for the brits is that as much as we don't have a clear idea of what our future relationship should be, the EU doesn't know what it's future is. Macron and junker may make big speeches but the fact is there,s not a consistent view from the EU members about the future direction. On that big question successive UK governments have been fairly consistent - we want a trading relationship with limited cooperation in other areas such as immigration. Note sure what the future holds but as a country of 66 million and with the largest security apparatus in Europe we can't be ignored. The UK will be a thorn in the side of the EU for decades to come. Even if we are economically weak our existence outside the EU we will be a constant reminder of the EUs short comings. If we recover economically we will be a constant alternative pole for other disgrnuntled EU members to run towards. If I was the EU I would be trying a lot harder to forge a better relationship and offer some way for the UK to stay in the fold. The current appearance of unity in the EU is based mainly around extracting money from the UK. If the UK walks away from the negotiations and the money stops in 2019, the budget adjustment process will erupt into a massive fight and that unity will be shown for what it is. The UK has more to lose by walking away but I think people are underestimating the impact that will have on EU unity.
  48. 1 point
    LOL..the problem is not the Barnier/Juncker attitude now. It is still clear that the UK needs the EU (single market) more than the other way round. So why should the EU make life easy for the indeed „headless chicken“? The leavers brought it all on themselves with their lies and propaganda, and instead of „taking back control“, they still try ti pin their inevitable failure at Brussels. Cowards. As a side note: the EU has many faults, but running away and then demanding beneficial treatment will not solve anything. As a further side note: Labour‘s role pre-referendum was abysmal, so they seem quite the hypocrites too, including St Jeremy.
  49. 1 point
    They don't need to demonstrate anything. All this will become perfectly clear when Johnson's £33bn lie comes home to roost. I find it hard to be concerned about Junker when we have a cadre of liars and opportunists at the top of our so-called government.