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  1. If Atlanta biggest flaw was the IOC had to sweat then GREAT! They may have been the "best games ever" after all. The event itself was a huge success with NO white elephants, green before "green" was overhyped BS and Atlanta is a Magnificent city that has become even more so since the Olympics. That's legacy worth discussing vs some street peddlers and lost bus drivers. I try to understand why people here complain about Atlanta's successful games when we see pictures of deserted and crumbling venues from past hosts like Bejing, Athans. Even Sydney's park sound underused and often deserted and
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  2. A rather inaccurate comment. Wembley in its 1948 form was already 25years old. By 2000, it was 75years old. At a certain point it is physically impossible to keep updating a stadium and rebuild it. The Olympic Stadium of 1948 is still at its exact same location. As for the 1908 stadium, it was only demolished after being in existence for 75years, and having all the streets around it developed to the point which hamstrung what the owners could do. Ironically it would have been a great site for the proposed QPR stadium. If the USA winning city plan to build an Olympic Stadium and operate it f
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  3. Well I was there, and I have several remarks to make about some small, yet significant, details: Security was minimal. Genially minimal. It was done thoroughly and properly, but unlike some huge events I've been to elsewhere, and unlike experiencing the unbelievably draconian security at the European Parliament in Brussels, I never once felt humiliated, debased, threatened or insulted. The British military was superb. But it was when I left the event that I was *really* impressed. They had lined up along the pathway towards the exit at random intervals to wish us a safe journey home and giv
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  4. it wont be permanent, and the seats will built as 4x 20000 capacity stadiums in other 4 cities. so not a big waste of money.
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  5. And yet, I still see no evidence of this, that the IOC demanded meetings at Atlanta which weren't demanded of any other games. If it's public record, then you shouldn't have a problem pointing to that clear public record of meetings demanded by the IOC at Atlanta, and how those same meetings weren't demanded for any other games. Let me be clear, to you and others such as Rob, et al. I'm not claiming Atlanta was "the greatest". It was a highly successful games. There was nothing disastrous or embarrassing about it. To continue trying to paint it as such, simply shows your willingness to b
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  6. Looking back. The excellent: And the pitiful: http://www.gamesbids.com/forums/topic/21228-london-2012-olympic-cauldron/page__st__1000
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  7. Here are some of my ideas as a local Manhattan Times Square - Beach Volleyball Central Park - Triathlon Madison Square Garden - Gymnastics, Boxing Medal Rounds Javits Convention Center - Judo, Taekwondo, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Table Tennis Roseland Ballroom - Boxing Baker Athletics Complex - Field Hockey Hammerstein Ballroom - Badminton Fort Washington Armory - Water Polo NYC Marathon Route with Alteration to the Start and End locations Queens Flushing Meadows Park Olympic Stadium (Former Fountain of Industry Site repurposed for later use as MLS Arena) USTA - Tennis Meadows La
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  8. My ultimate would be NZ, Auckland, hosting 2040. This would be symbolic as NZ would be 200years old as a nation. Also the rotation would see Oceania come round again. Winter games are an iffy...the only base city that could host them has been destroyed and although using Queenstown and Wanaka may help. The problem is winter in NZ is too unpredictable for snow and the out of wack September is the best time. Above all that, NZs predicted population would only be 5.7 million...There is only so much tax revenue to spread around. In saying that, there is no holding back hosting the 'Youth' edit
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  9. Looking at the ticket design; how about many 'spindles' which are lit by dozens of torch bearers all converging on the structure at the same time. Then, once they're all lit, the 'spindles' mechanically all merge into one cauldron as the final torch bearers back away from it. The cauldron structure itself seems to be alive and taking the flames from all the torch bearers and creating one cauldron once it has been "fed". That's my mad guess anyway. Like a giant set of rain chimes, but with lots more spindles....perhaps the torch bearers could fly in above it, lighting each 'spindle' before the
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