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  1. Given how modern technology has advanced virtually everything about the Olympics, including how races are timed, cameras are now all state of the art HD, and equipment and clothing are better than ever before, I would like to know why runners names and numbers are still identified using pieces of white paper attached to their uniforms using SAFETY PINS. This is literally like using diapers from the 1950's. It would be so easy to use any number of high tech methods to do this, yet this prehistoric practice continues.
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  2. They've had a lot of anti-Olympics articles recently. I'm not going to automatically dismiss their sources, but it feels like it be another hit job from a media company that's a direct competitor to Comcast/NBCU
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  3. That's why the Tokyo 1964 Olympics were held in October. But that's a whole other topic that would further derail this thread. Although, everything that could've been said about Kazan has already been said. Which wasn't much TBW. Then there goes the final three U.S. cities. Probably can factor in Arizona too with rather spending the money on a 'trump wall' than on an Olympics, if their "voting reforms" are anything to go by. They'd probably want to build one along the California border as well. :-/
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  4. And on top of that, in terms of Montreal and Calgary, the Canadians didn’t even get the benefit of gold medals in front of a home crowd to stoke their future enthusiasm. The Japanese at least are getting lots of home town heroes to cheer them.
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  5. Yes of course you are right. But we talk about different things. My point goes that the venue dont have to be the biggest to make a good games
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  6. How much of that would they have made back in ticket sales though? Seems silly to use that figure in anti Olympic arguments, since (hopefully, please) these will be the only Olympics ever to be without crowds and that revenue.
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  7. That doesn't seem that expensive when you put it in the perspective of the bigger picture. Just skip this year's "latest smartphone" craze, & you'd still come out ahead, considering the flagship models are well in excess of $1K these days.
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  8. But can you really hear if there are 40.000 og 70.000 when you watch sport on tv? I don´t think so.
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  9. But on the same artickle they forget München, which are on there own list, and are smaller... Thats a weird article... But how was Helsinki games? a succes even if so small? I think these games in Tokyo without public in the venues, show that small venues also good work fine. And just a few thousand could just make a good show, and size don´t matter at all. Im actually surprised how much I like the sport and don´t miss the spectators as much as i thoutht i would.
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  10. The IOC should reinforce that. Since London 2012, cauldrons are missing, except for Winter Olympics.
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  11. Let us remember that Simone probably quit because her team and herself would not be hearing The Star Spangled Banner in that arena: She may have been going through a rough patch but whatever happened to the old saying which is true about life “winners never quit and quitters never win” Instead in Orwellian fashion, the media is praising the exact opposite effect. You know as in “war is peace” and “ignorance is strength”. I guess then that “quitting is bravery”. Many runners in say a track race know that they made a crucial mistake that will not allow them to win. As in missing a hurdle and taking a tumble, but in nearly all cases, they get back up and finish the race and audiences appreciate that. Instead, Simone quitting is reminiscent of how Michael Johnson quit in that infamous 150m race at Toronto’s Skydome when he knew he couldn’t beat Donovan Bailey. As for you in Australia, where would society be if quitting was deemed acceptable. I’m sure the veterans you acknowledge on ANZAC Day went through a heck of a lot worse, and they never ever quit. They kept going, and god knows what could have happened if they simply surrendered because they were having “demons”. I’m sure those that did die in the many wars would be spinning in their graves about this attitude.
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  12. Necessary? Maybe not, but then again there’s a good argument to be made that entertainment, diversion, inspiration, pride and such are also vital to our holistic well-being. It’s intangible, but not trivial. Are elite athletes over-valued? Their material wealth and market value is only as much as we, the great masses, the working people, allow them to be. Their worth to their clubs, their teams and their sponsors comes down directly to how many kids want to put their posters on their walls; how many shift workers want to wind down by switching on their TVs to watch them; how many wage earners want to spend part of their earnings on tickets to see them in action on the field, pitch or arena; how many fans will click an internet link to read about them or like an instagram post; how many consumers want to buy the same sports shoes, watches, fragrances etc that their idols use. In other words, WE ultimately pay their wages and determine their worth, and for every cent they make they’re also propping up industries employing millions of people whose livelihoods depend on people striving to be “the best” and by doing so engaging with the the great masses. The market decides their worth, and we - everyone from essential workers and struggling casual shift employees to investment traders and the comfortable middle classes - are the market. Finally, mental health is NOT contingent on material wealth or lack there of. And while elite athletes may well reap rewards out of most people’s imaginings, they also face unique pressures that WE place on them and which are beyond most people’s comprehension. Postscript - just as I posted this, myself and my partner - a frontline nurse working at the coalface of the pandemic - were up and cheering with joy to see an Australian just win a gold medal in the swimming pool. What’s the worth of raising the spirits and putting a smile on an essential workers face?
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  13. I had forgotten about the forest fires. If finances are that dire then it's hard to see this getting out of the starting blocks. That'd be a shame too because Vancouver is practically as ready as Salt Lake City. They have all the arenas, Calgary's oval could host speed skating, the Whistler venues would get some needed touch ups. The only hamper is the Olympic Village which can be complicated as Paris is finding out. Perhaps UBC could use some new dormitories for student housing?
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  14. Nobody in the IOC should touch Russia even with a bargepole unless there are very significant changes to the current situation (and the doping issue would even be one of the lesser worries).
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  15. The Plague Love in the Time of Cholera One Hundred Years of Solitude
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