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  1. OK, the Games are on, so sites like this one gets kinda exciting. But once the flame is extinguished, and the BORING Brisbane 2032 award is now history, it will return to a BORING status here. To the IOC: you need to return to open bidding!! You have to encourage multiple bids!! FUGGEDABOUT about cost-saving. I mean it's only MONEY!! People like Bezos and Buffett make oodles of them a day! Let start-up Organizing Committees start Go-Fund-Me pages!! The world and bidding groupies need those multi-volume bid books!! Architects have to churn out their billion-dollar stadia. arenas and venues so we will have something to ooh and aah and discuss here!! We need those renderings!! Bach is a disciple of Frump!! He has fooled you, the rank-and-file IOC members, that the so-called "discussion-stage" process of selecting host cities is working!! It is FAKE and a sham!! Look at what it produces -- the Tier C, backwater city of Brisbane. The likes of Madrid, Istanbul, Doha, Baku need to bid in EVERY CYCLE!! As a democratic institution, you MUST ALLOW your members to put up cities in their FULLEST, glossiest catalogue GLORY!! We need those keychains, "Candidate City" gewgaws -- and MOS TIMPORTANT OF ALL, the PINS!! What sort of a world is it without the Baku 2036, Doha 2040 or Delhi 2044 pins and pencils?? A poorer, MORE BORING one for sure!! Bring back open City-Bidding!!
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  2. When it's over $5 billion, I mean who's counting? What's an extra billion or two between friends? I love the venues on TV!! It wouldn't be an Olympics if it didn't cost a few billion$$!!
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  3. Yes, all the figure skating program. Not that I’m aware of in Tokyo yet, but yes in the past - Phelps, Bolt, Alexie Nemov, Canadian ice hockey at Vancouver - indeed a lot in the case of winter. actually, edit about Tokyo - we did see the medal ceremony with the 13 year old Brazilian and Japanese girls in skateboarding. Yes, all of them
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  4. Of course, people like to cheer on and see success by their national team. There likely also more familiar with sports more widely and competitively practiced in their country. But I think the Olympics have a broader appeal than just that. Take, for example, gymnastics in the summer games, or ice dancing in winter. Neither are sports where Australia are ever serious title contenders, yet both are among the higher rating sports watched here at any games, and given prime time screen time and rebroadcasts. Similar in athletics - people still relish watching Bolts in the 100m, or the Africans in the distance events. The odd breakthrough like Cathy Freeman or Sally Pearson are rare, and just the icing on the cake. Also, one of the delights of the Olympics is watching those sports that rarely get much airtime at other times. I love flicking through the feeds (we get the OBS broadcasts too) of the likes of skateboarding, fencing, BMX, archery etc.
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  5. The Anzacs actually did quit and evacuate Gallipoli eventually. Indeed their withdrawal was a 100 per cent success, not a life lost. Desertions and mutinies by army groups also became a problem for the High Commands on both sides by the final years of the war. You’re being incredibly disingenuous bringing war into the discussion, but seeing you did - PTSD, or what they called shellshock then, wasn’t widely understood or recognised at the time. It inevitably contributed to an incredible high suicide rate in the 1920s among combatants from all sides in World War !. PTSD still contributes to veteran suicides today, but at least it is more recognised and actively treated by most nations. Because something wasn’t acknowledged in the past doesn’t mean things were better in the “old days. I’m sure we could find many an athlete who cracked under pressure, with tragic end results, in those past years.
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  6. I don’t fall into the nationalism trap myself, I watched Olympics moreso for the competition. The online streams that CBC provides show a neutral approach to the direct OBS broadcasts. As in we actually see every medal ceremony in its entirety and not what CBC wants us to see. (as in only hearing a national anthem if it’s O Canada) Just like earlier this evening there was a nice competitive race in the Relay Triathlon. The Canadians finished in 15th but I more or less wanted to see a good event. As for pro sports, fans pay the salaries but it seems like the players and owners forget that. We go through this all the time when these leagues have their incredibly selfish strikes/lockouts and when the stoppage ends, the fans simply re-enter the arenas and stadiums like lemmings, ready to spend their money. If people had brains and actually stopped watching, these out of reality athletes would realize who ultimately pays their salary. The real losers to work stoppages in sports are restaurants and bars who show the games, but again no one cares about them. Lets change things around, would you feel sorry for billionaires having mental health issues, heck no, I’d be gladly happy if that were the case.
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  7. I don't really care for judged sports so I haven't watched any of the skate boarding or surfing. I am looking forward to the climbing. Surfing is done all up and down the east coast, so there would no reason to think you would have to go as south as Florida. We have beach bums in NJ, so I am sure there is surfing in Canada. Baseball stadiums in France? I am sure they have fields/pitches. We have them in Germany. Thirding/fourthing. Cities can not just add and subtract what they like. I would hope the subtracting would be more according to viewership.
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