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  2. What a vile, unpleasant place this forum has become. Have some of you heard yourselves? You do realise that most of what some of you are displaying here amounts to not much more than bullying, abuse and intimidation? You come here for fun? Grow the hell up!!! It is quite obvious that many of you are enjoying the current situation with Tony. Tony could try the patience of a saint - granted - but I think after a while you have to just ignore those that you conflict with. I came here originally to learn and share thoughts with likeminded people on a common interest. I am sure many of you did the same. However, for some time now this website seems to offer nothing more than just a place to score childish points. I found this website was starting to bring the worst out in me around the time of the 2012 games. I had a realisation back then that I was getting more stressed than fulfilled by the petty nature of Gamesbids. That was a few years back, it has gotten so much worse. I look around now and am so glad to have left when I did. I have not been around these forums much for the last few years, maybe just once every other month to have a brief look around at the news. I can't believe some of the abuse I have been reading. I also can't believe it has been left to fester by the moderators and Rob Livingstone himself. It is tiring to read for me, I can only imagine how frustrating it must be for regular members who are not involved in the bickering. It seems most of the good people who used to post here have abandoned ship leaving only a handful of good people still around from the days when these forums offered a real purpose. It seems that many of the new members have picked up on the negativity of the forums and decided to just run with the theme. It is very obvious when you don't post here regularly and are able to step back and see the bigger picture. You only get one life. Do you really want to spend days of your life just arguing, fighting and bickering over who is right and who is wrong? That being said, something definitely needs to be done to help Tony and subsequently the existing members here who just want to debate Olympic matters. He seems a troubled chap and as someone else said on this forum - not sure who it was - I think Tony will be happier for having his access taken away from him. Even if he doesn't quite realise that himself. It can't be good for a young lads self esteem to be the butt of so much vitriole and ridicule, even if he often provokes it. Can I also say that whilst Tony is English, he does not speak for an entire nation. I would appreciate it if some of you took that on board before abusing an entire nation to score some cheap points. It isn't pleasant to read and says more about you than anything else. I fully expect some retaliative replies to come my way in retaliation to this post . I will not be responding to them. I no longer care for most of the people on this website and therefore do not want to get drawn into a long, childish argument. However, I do think what I have said needed saying, allthough I fully suspect it wll fall on deaf ears. Adios.
    12 points
  3. Hey guys. A big thanks for all the very astute and entertaining comments! Cheers, Anthony
    12 points
  4. Hey Gamesbidders, I will fly to Rio tomorrow for my second Olympic Games in person. After London 2012 I decided very fast, that I want to go to the next Games also. Of course I am aware that the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be completely different, but that is exactly what I want to experience = different Olympic Games! I hadn't been to South America before so I will encounter "Um Mundo Novo" - I am very excited about it, but a little bit anxious also due I don't speak Portuguese or Spanish - so I will have to "survive" in a country where I can't speak the national language... I would like to invite you to follow my blog here on GamesBids - I had fun to do it during London 2012 and I hope you will enjoy my blog of Rio de Janeiro 2016 as well.
    11 points
  5. My entries: Tokyo 2020 - The Portal My Tokyo entry is based on the medieval Japanese portals and archtecture and in the traditional Japanese paitings. The shape with curves brings the sense of motion to the human figure celebrating victory. The rising sun is also present, the most recognizable Japanese icon. Anchorage 2022 - The Borealis Star A very recognizable symbol of Alaska, the Mount McKinley, is the main piece of this logo. The Aurora Borealis made of flags give the shape of the famous landscape, also reaching to the top, where the Northern Star with gold colors represents the goal of the victory, the glory. I tried to bring a bit of the sea/fishing/port life to the font, since fishing is a major activity to the Nothern US state. Both typing fonts were designed by me.
    10 points
  6. Can you two please give it a rest with all this back and forth? If you want to make your predictions about the next 50 years of the Olympics, go right ahead, but enough with this constant bickering over who will or won't host in the future and when. No one cares who you do or don't support. Most of us don't need to hear your specious reasoning over when a certain city or region's "time" will be. Reading your posts is like watching 2 drunks in a bad bar fight. And don't say I should just ignore you. You're be doing everyone a favor if you just ignored each other for a change.
    10 points
  7. Hey everyone, It has been a while since I have posted here. No, I am not late to the party, at all. As a matter of fact, since I live in Rio, I was part of it the whole time, but life makes some surprising twists, which means sometimes I wasn´t able to do it properly. Four years ago I wrote this post, right after London Games. Then, I´ve tried to sum up all my expectation and fears about the Games and, on the last paragraph, I wrote: "Hopefully, in 4 years, I can come here and write that Rio made a great Olympic Games, just like London did last night, and finally have one of dreams finally come true and remember for the rest of my life." So, here I am, to fulfill my promise. I wish I was able to come here more often. When I wrote that piece, back then, things were doing OK for me. My daughter was recently born (after a very difficult period of pregnancy), and I started to make lots of plans again. Unfortunately, similar to what happened to Brazilian economy, it all went downhill after that. My wife, a year later, acquired a neurological disorder which, at least until today, is still unexplained and no closed diagnosis has been proved yet (she can still walk and do things like a normal person, but only for a short period of time, when she starts to feel shortness of breath). Because of that, I had to completely change my life and dedicate most of the time trying to help her and my daughter, while trying to keep a normal life, which started to become very difficult after a year. To make things worse, I´ve bough an apartment, before it started to built, months before my wife started to get sick, and it was only ready to move this January. Meanwhile, the building period began, and I followed closely (reading SSC forum) all the infrastructure and stadia, eager to watch in person, but most of the time postponing because was either too tired to go. Then came the World Cup and I´ve tried to watch as many games as possible, missing the Final because of my credit card company (long story). Then it was the countdown, the ticket marathon (almost a year logging at the site every single day at work and at home), the Whatsapp groups, with sirens and chats with fellow brazilians about the event. Even with all that build up, I wasn´t really completely focused on the Games because it still wasn´t my main priority and I kind of felt a little sad because I knew that moment wouldn´t return. So, because I wasn´t able to enjoy the pre-show, I decided that I would really focus on doing it when it really matters. And boy, I really did. 74 sessions. 125 finals (40% of total). All on site. Rushing from one venue to another at least once a day. Cursing the guy who thought the shooting venue would be easy to arrive and prasing the one who made a short walk for the golf venue. Regretting of doing some almost impossible movements intercity, even knowing Rio mass transportation for at least 25 years. Lucky that I got a crazy taxi driver that was able to arrive at the BMX venue in 15 minutes from the train station to watch both finals. Happy that some sessions were canceled because I wouldn´t be able to watch it anyway. Leaving home between 9-10 am and coming home between midnight-1 am (sometimes even 2:30) every single day dead tired with my feet hurting during the first 10 days. All of this because I knew it was once in a lifetime experience. Sure, I "miss" some of the most dramatic brazilian gold medals but, really, since I wasn´t really interested before, I knew I wouldn´t change my schedule because of that (and don´t regret it at all). Saw lots of other things that I will never forget, like the european supporters at canoeing slalom, the crazy heavyweight event in weightlifting (the TV missed a lot of the action on the stands), the Argentinians almost falling from the upper sectors during the QF Basketball against USA, and so many others that made me feel happy of being there after all the effort spent to see them. Then, during the second week, when things were a little less rushed, I started to enjoy the moments. Walking slowly around the Olympic Park and at Deodoro cluster, watching other people around the bleachers and walking around the venues. The volunteers. Everything. I knew it would be over soon, so I wanted to soak it as much as possible of the whole atmosphere. Finally, the final day, the final session, the final cerimony, and it was gone. So, it is possible to say Rio made a great Olympic Games? Yes. THAT great? Well, maybe not, mostly on details that would match Rio with the great ones, but it was one heck of event. It is strange that, if Rio wasn´t selected as a host of the event, I would be OK with that, although I would always imagine how would it be. I don´t need to do this anymore. It was a reality. Also, I think it is kind of weird that my projections of which stakeholders would be successful in organizing the Games were almost spot on (City Hall doing things right, State of Rio, BOC and former president doing it wrong), even though 1 year ago that scenario would be very unlikely. After all, who cares? I will remember it for the rest of my life (but I am still glad that I was right ) My apologies for not being present here during this period. I really wanted to chat with all of you, to make the experience even better. Now, I return to my normal life, with all the problems that were left behind, but with one big smile that will follow me every time I talk about those 16 days in August 2016. I don´t even know if I will be as dedicated to the Olympic Games as I was before (well, I am still a commentator during the Winter Olympic Games, so I guess I will keep for quite some time), if I will download every video from now on, but I know that, more than ever, the Olympics will be a big part of my life. Not bad for someone who joined here in 2003 when Rio was "only" the next host of the PanAm Games. Thanks for reading.
    9 points
  8. Ok. I'm having issues to express how I feel. I actually live 15 metres from the Bataclan, where 82 people died. Thankfully, I was at some friends' when it happened. But when I came home this morning, the place hadn't been cleaned yet. On the floor there were shoes, coats, plastic gloves, napkins, all covered in blood. I will never forget. I would like you guys to wait a little before jumping to conclusions. But let me be clear: what happned yesterday has NOTHING to do with the refugee crises. Nothing. Don't forget that what happened in January was done by 3 French guys, born and raised in France. Merci.
    9 points
  9. Hello friends of GamesBids. It has been 5 years since I last posted here and at that time much of my life was in a mess: wife had cancer, problems at my job that caused me deep depression, among others. At that time I realized that if I stayed here reading the forums it would ruin the joy of receiving the Olympic Games in my beloved hometown of Rio. So I decided to simply avoid GamesBids Forums. I decided to face the lots of problems of my life and also enjoy my dream. I don't regret. Fortunately, my wife's cancer was cured in 2017 and I'm still treating my depression (it got much worse in mid-2017 and every day has been a battle since then). About the Olympics? I think you guys agree with me: It's the best event in the planet and Rio 2016 was perfect. For me it was. Rio and Brazil had, have and will have problems (just like all countries, some more, other less). But as I pointed above, we must face problems and enjoy life when possible. Rio did it. I did it. And unfortunately I couldn't did it here with some many "POVs" ruining my experience. During the years at the Forums I made a very special friend, Martin from Germany. He came to Rio 2016, we went to Maracanãzinho together watch female volleyball, he stayed few days at my home and it was one of the best days of my life. Martin is truly a gentleman and a special human being. He told me some members of the forums were in Rio. I wish I could have met all of them to have fun and show a little bit of the city. I was not invited to the rendervouz and that's really okay. Somehow this was/is a club of friends and I was never part of the club... "Danny is too sensitive to critics". You are right. Maybe I was to certain extent. But anyway it doesn't matter anymore. For those who came to Rio 2016, I truly hope you enjoyed at least one second of your stay. If you smiled once in Rio I'm happy. Smiles are more special than I thought before depression and smiles are the most pure expression of our souls. During the last 5 years I missed all the logo competitions, all the inappropriate bid contests, some jokes, some good talk, but I never missed some bad times we had here. Thankfully now it's past and no hard feelings. :) I waited 5 years to write this post. I waited the end of Tokyo Games so now Rio is past, Tokyo is past too. Right time to say something without Rio games in the mirror. I want to thank you for a great opportunity on understanding different cultures, to understand different backgrounds, to learn much of the English skills I have today (still not fluent). You guys helped me a lot with English! You guys also helped me a lot in the other fandom I'm part now. The "international mindset" that I learned here was a keypoint in my 5-year role as a chairman of an international event held annually in Brazil and respected abroad. Thank you! It was also a great opportunity to prove myself that we must focus in good things of life. It's way better than spend time trying to show other people with pre-existing judgements that things can be a little bit different. To show that maybe I was right to be happy about something we share the passion - Olympic Games. But Olympic Games in a different place, a place I love. To all those who read this letter, my respect and best wishes of good luck. To those few ready to write harsh words in the comments, my respect and best wishes of good luck too. To GBMod, thank you for everything in the past and I hope IOC bring back the bid process. It was much better. Greetings from Brazil (and Brazil continues a very amazing and beautiful place as always), Danny PS: Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony still the best after 5 years. Change my mind - lol
    8 points
  10. SPOILER ALERT A rehearsal of the Opening Ceremony was held last night in Tokyo and I managed to find some footage from Channel 7 News Australia (the Australian broadcaster for the Olympics). You can expect a lot of fireworks, projections and some Japanese elements blended with contemporary art. Looks very promising.
    8 points
  11. Who cares if performers are world famous or not? As long as they work for the show, in the moment, that's what matters most. These ceremonies are about cities showing the world the face THEY want to show it. If it's someone you don't know, maybe look them up. I remember having this exact conversation with you about the brilliant Dame Evelyn Glennie in the 2012 Opening Ceremony thread. Maybe I'm odd, but I'd rather have someone more obscure but interesting. Especially if the alternative if wheeling out Susan Boyle. #susanalbumparty
    8 points
  12. Coming from a generation of young Germans who are both immigrants and well-removed from the atrocity that we denote as "Auschwitz" today, what matters the most to me (as a German, European and citizen of the world, really) are the conclusions we draw from the terror perpetrated, carried out and supported by German citizens (and by collaborators across Europe) in generations past. Auschwitz was only the most horrific in a terrifying system of extermination and concentration camps built by Hitler's genocidal regime. The mass murder perpetrated by Nazi cronies was a singular crime, in that it created genocide on an industrial scale - unmatched in its malign intent, cold-blooded execution and deadly precision. When Allied soldiers liberated the camps, their horror at what they witnessed was so emphatic that they forced the German population (which had been living in self-denial for year after year) to go to the camps and see for themselves. But did we, as a world, learn from this mass murder? Being a citizen of a multicultural, modern and united Germany, I feel that we drew the wrong conclusions: for a long time, we retreated into a shell of "No more war". Never has it occurred to many Germans that as the former perpetrators of horrific genocide, maybe it'd be our duty, our responsibility towards the world to hunt down future genocidaires, assemble coalitions against genocidal dictators and, if necessary, go to war against those who would butcher, maim and suppress tens and hundreds of thousands of people. It's not enough to give rhetorically polished speeches full of good intent if we are not willing to back up said intent to stand up for democracy, freedom and human rights everywhere - including in situations in which our citizens just don't get it. We refuse to call out Turkey (Armenian Genocide) and Japan (World War II; its revisionism in history books, whether on the topic of comfort women or the occupation of Manchukuo) for their governments' failure to accept responsibility for their respective genocides and whitewashing of history. We waited and watched as Hutus implemented a plan of systemic genocide against the Tutsi population in Rwanda - caring more about UN rules than the spirit of UN values. We remained indecisive in the face of Bosnian Serb aggression against the Muslims in Bosnia, even when confronted with the horror of them building concentration camps. We tolerated Pol Pot as Cambodia slipped into the genocidal killing fields. We watched as Pakistan slaughtered hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshis prior to the 1971 War. We are watching and sitting on our hands, as ISIS is perpetrating yet another religious purge of all those that don't subscribe to its clerical-fascist ideology. Remembering the genocide and teaching schoolchildren about Hitler's crimes is all well and good (and trust me, I went through years of education about the Nazi regime and the Holocaust), but it's worth little if we don't instill the drive to root out genocidal ambitions, wherever they exist - and the willingness to battle those who would harm others for being different. Yes, Germany and Japan have elected parliaments, are modern Western countries with precisely the fundamental rights protections and love of freedom their pre-democratic counterparts lacked. But have we, as a world, learnt anything? I'm very uncertain about that. May instead of saying: "Never forget", the international community should be saying: "Never keep watching". The flag that flies across my country is that of a new republic, assembled by men and women who resolved to never let a dictator like Hitler take power again. What we Germans have achieved since our country's liberation by the Allied forces has been nothing short of a democratic miracle. We are a mature, modern democracy and have preserved the peace for the past 70 years. That said, I feel we have become too pacifist, too unwilling to stand up for what is right and too comfortable in our unwillingness to draw the logical conclusion from Auschwitz: That to protect human freedom, we have to defend it. And in order to defend it, we frequently will be forced to take up arms against extremists who won't be open for negotiation, debate or discussion. Freedom from fear is not negotiable. Until genocidal dictators know that they will face judgment day not just in ecclesiastical terms, but on this earth and at the hands of a determined international community, it will keep happening. That would be the greatest tragedy of them all.
    8 points
  13. Thanks to Nakamoto Kyu for that toe-yapping version of Sukiyaki. And thanks to palette for suggesting it. And thank you Palette and Soyoshi, for hosting our deliberations. Ladies and Gentlemen, Mesdames and Monsieurs, Herr Bach, Welcome back to Yoshi's Island. We've reached back here quicker than I expected. Luckily our graphics guys were ready. And luckily for the people of Nagoya and Tokyo, we've saved countless deaths by satisfying Godzilla by choosing a winning logo in the nick of time and enticing the big lizard to settle down with Soyoshi and family. We had a super quick resolution to the comp - the first time, I think, that our winner was settled in the second round of final voting. To announce who it was that won the hearts of the majority so quickly, I'd ask Herr Bach to get ready with the envelope. His speech writer was caught a but unprepared, though, so we'll leave the stage-German behind for this one. Okay, the big moment. The winner is............ Paul! Congratulations paul, who returned to the comp this year after a hiatus (he almost joined, but then withdrew late last year) to claim his unprecedented fifth title. So well done mate and well deserved. Certainly it was always the one to beat. Thanks for entering. In the end, the results were: A (nzl) - 8 votes B (mr.bernham) - 3 voyes C (paul) - 17 votes D (aismanggo) - 2 votes All votes were valid and the winner crowned by an absolute majority. So that's it for yet another logo comp. Thanks to all who participated this year, by entering or critiquing or voting. Hope you had fun. And hopefully I'll see you all back again for at least one more.
    8 points
  14. It's 1 thing to support your country. It's another to be a belligerent asshole about it on a multi-national Internet site. You know your over-the-top support of England is an annoyance to many people here, yet you still don't seem to give a crap. Apparently you have still not learned the lesson that not every on the Internet is kind and nice and if you're going to act like a douchebag, people will respond in kind. Speaking of England, your Queen has a message for you.. I'm sure you're going to tell me how this is mean and rude and really offensive and how dare I invoke your Queen in a response to you. I'm aware of all that. That's the intention. If you want the rest of us to treat you with any sort of respect, 1) you have to earn it and 2) enough with this idea that any time someone talks back to you, it's "who do you think you are" or "don't talk to me like that." What gives YOU the right to talk to us like that? You have been a cancer to these forums since just about the day you joined. And every time you have an introspective moment that makes the rest of us think you finally get it, 5 seconds later you revert right back to bad habits. If this cycle is going to continue (and clearly it's going to because you are incapable of getting the point), learn to deal with it. And just for reference.. yes everyone, I know what I'm doing here. I don't need suggestions how to handle Tony or that I should just consider ignoring him. I considered that. This is my choice.
    8 points
  15. And another... This is my submission for Santiago 2022. It's a ski run through a mountain valley, shaped like an "S." I picked the colors from the city flag. I'm churning these out because I'm holed up at a hotel with nothing to do while I wait out a typhoon. This comp has been a welcome way to spend my time and keep my mind on better things. Thanks! And there will probably be more to come.
    8 points
  16. Sorry Rols, but we all know that England desreve to host all the Olympic Games form 2024 onwards
    8 points
  17. England is the family home, where football was born, grew up from a boy into a young man, and became what he was. The rules were created in the family home, discipline instilled, fair play always important. The decor is old-fashioned, stuck in the 60s, and clearly won't win any prizes, but it's homely and reassuring. The family comes over for a roast every weekend knowing in their hearts nobody else does it quite like Mum. Brazil is the home it moved into once it got married, had kids, and wanted to make its mark on the world. A beautiful house in a sunny location, kids always kicking a ball against the fence in the back garden. An eye for style, he keeps promising to redecorate before guests arrive but inevitibly - with rowdy kids to deal with - it only gets done in a last minute rush. The only small problem is the noisy neighbour, Argentina, moaning about the size of the hedges and who they belong to. Football works in Germany where he's direct and efficient at what he does. And he holidays in the Netherlands where he's able to let his hair down in style. But he's getting old now, and the football family is full of infighting. So he is moved to Qatar, a hot, cramped retirement flat that nobody wants to visit with faltering air conditioning, where he'll see out his final days, unable to even enjoy the simple pleasure of a beer or two.
    8 points
  18. Omg guys, u need to sotp! It's boring how you're jugding the hole cerimony just by pictures. LETS RIO SHINE without yours negative comments. I'm loving everything, it's so colorful, so alive. They are working so hard to give their best. Lets wait until august 5 to jugde
    7 points
  19. From now on, every time I feel sad I'll put on the uniform and hold the torch again.
    7 points
  20. My sympathies might be for the Brazilian left, but it is getting a bit too much Caue. And a bit disappointed your pic postings rained a bit on Victor's big moment in the spotlight on the forum.
    7 points
  21. So, the Olympic Flame made a tour around the city last sunday (May 29) and I was one of the 110 people chosen to be a torchbearer. The nomination was confirmed earlier this month. I was selected by the committee because mostly because of my work as a teacher at a community cram school, a student debate society founded by myself and and an archery workshop I brought to a state school last year. This is nothing compared to many great people I met at our gathering point and their truly inspiring stories. The sunday was rainy here in Maceió, but the crowds were big near the starting point of the relay. The parade of the sponsors ahead of us (Coca-cola) was a party! Lots of music and people dancing despite the drizzle. I was the 15th runner that night and you can see me igniting my torch in the pic below. The olympic torch is light and the flame looks pretty elegant in it. It's a neat sound when we release the gas and the segments open up. The torchbearers run for only 200 meters and I ran as slowly as I could, but the security squad noticed and joked saying 'hey man, we see what you're trying to do'. I passed the flame to a girl but before we planned to do something funny to the media truck: I proposed to her, kneeling myself and she said yes before lighting her torch. The people were shocked! And that's how it ended. It was fun, inspiring and unforgettable.
    7 points
  22. Very wise of you. For a start, if you examine the plans carefully, it become apparent that the running tracks in both designs have inside lanes 400 metres long !
    7 points
  23. So it is my entry for the winter games, the summer games logo will be revealed soon. The logo based on snowflake (of course..), the symbol of Stockholm and victory's pose of people. The three golden people in the top of the logo represent the crown in the Stockholm's symbol, the other people are in the color of the Olympic's rings in kind of blue version of them to represent the winter feeling and make them more connected to the other colors in the logo. The slogan "Unique Together" come from the unique of snowflakes and it says that every one is unique and special, and together we are also special, maybe more than other groups. Hope you like it!
    7 points
  24. https://tokyo2020.jp/en/emblem/
    7 points
  25. I have been offered a position as Assistant Venue Press Operations Manager with TO2015 for the Games!
    7 points
  26. HAHAHAHAHA. Coming from the guy who is still butthurt about the 2018 World Cup result.
    7 points
  27. I was trying sooo hard to like this, I really did want to, but I really can't say I enjoyed this opening ceremony much at all. I just got the feeling that it was more telethon, more concert, more EMA awards ceremony...... more eurovision interval act - than the opening ceremony of a Commonwealth Games. That's not to say that it wasn't a well produced show, it was, and I wouldn't have expected anything less with the man at the top. The stadium looked a picture both in light and once the sun went down. The lighting design was fantastic, it looked so serene with the blue shades at the end. The video production quality was great, the screen worked well, the stage and floor design was well thought. Not to mention the performers, they were gold, amazing enthusiasm. This would have made the perfect closing ceremony, but for an opening...... no.... I just wasn't feeling it. I do wonder if plans were changed when the implosion was canned, I'm sure I read that we would see stuff about the regeneration of Glasgow, and I didn't see any of that. The countdown.... yeah pretty good, can't complain with that. The opening act though, it was just so meh. Again, it would be great for a closing, but it had such a low impact for the opening of an event like this. The thing is, it wasn't original, it's what Sydney and Vancouver did in their closing ceremony. I think the Unicef contribution was abit too much. Certainly a worthy cause, but it was shoved down our throats abit too much, and it did verge in to telethon land a few times. I will say the couple dancing was a beautiful moment, and they certainly could have built on that a bit more, but it seems to me they saw that more of a transition filler. The good bits apart from that.... I thought they did the protocol really well, the arrival of the Queen was fantastic, and the music used for the baton entry was great. The Calvin Harris mash up was fantastic, still maybe suited slightly more to a closing ceremony, but was visually stunning and showed great spirit. Athletes parade..... mint I do understand the concept behind the ceremony, but I think you can still give that feeling across while at the same time having a more well rounded show. Manchester showed that in spades. Again, a well produced show, but just no stand out moment to me. What will be the iconic image of this ceremony. It will be interesting to see the angle for the closing ceremony. I found Manchester's closing (I use this comparison as David Zolkwer was the AD for both), to be far more traditional and had one of the most ambitious pieces of stadium theatre that I've ever seen in it (Common wealth). Maybe this ceremony is a grower, and there are moments I will rewatch , but at the moment - Im feeling abit deflated. Still, after all that being said, well done the people of Glasgow. The spirit shown by the performers was fantastic.
    7 points
  28. Jesus Christ. I can't handle this anymore.
    7 points
  29. Tony, before you go to all events you are planning, think about visiting Disney World before... Just in case...
    7 points
  30. Thanks for the wonderful contribution.
    7 points
  31. I have to say I'm surprised by the intensity of some posters' disregard for Oslo. I really don't see it as "been there, done that." What I see is that the IOC has taken two big gambles with the Winter Games in a row: Sochi and PC. The Winter Games are already the tougher sell and squarely in the shadow of their Summer counterparts. We hope both Sochi and PC go well, but I suspect that the passion and enthusiasm for the Games may flag a bit in their wake. It's a great time for a fail-safe host that can guarantee enormous enthusiasm and educated crowds. Of course, Munich would've been the first choice, but I trust the Norwegians to do a fantastic job. Unless the government withholds support (and that is appearing unlikely), I think this race is well nigh over. I've got nothing against Krakow, but it's not a slam dunk and I think that is what the IOC both wants and needs.
    7 points
  32. I feel like the bold should go without saying, but also seems like that needs to be made clear. What you think the ceremony "needs" is based on your personal interpretation. The people running the Olympics know who their audience is. Suffice it to say, they likely don't think like you. So lets break this down point by point... The last daytime ceremony was Nagano in 1998 and that was for the benefit of American TV. Ditto with Seoul in 1988. Sunshine is friendlier for the crowd in the stands. But this is very much a TV event those days. The visuals look better at night which is why nearly every ceremony in the last 35 years has been after dark. Bear makes a good point that the 2028 opening will likely start during the day to suit NBC. It will without the slightest doubt end after sunset. The visual from 1984 of the flame making its way up to the cauldron would have been 100 times more dramatic if it was dark out. The flaming arrow in Barcelona. Cathy Freeman in Sydney. Li Ning in Beijing. All work so much better at night. We may never see a daytime ceremony again in our lifetimes. We'll see what tricks they have with the roof at SoFi. They'll make it work. Vancouver 2010 was in an enclosed stadium. Sochi 2014 had a roof. It's not as big a deal as you want it to be. The flagpoles.. seriously? There might not be another person on the planet who thinks that's something worth thinking about. The doves are a relic of the past. Watch animal rights groups get in a tizzy if that's suggsted. Not worth the trouble. The Olympic Hymn isn't herioc enough for you? LOL And Bear said it well.. if a choir makes sense, then sure. It is not a "need" Not to rehash what Rols said, but you could be a lot more well-received here if you didn't come off as some sort of spamming troll. Having a strong opinion about something like flagpoles all well and good. But try engaging in discussion rather than just making the same point over and over again and then dropping YouTube clips as if we have enough time on our hands to indulge your whims
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  33. I can’t in good conscience watch this. It may not mean anything in the scheme of things, but I’ll be doing my own personal boycott - the first Olympic ceremony I’ll miss since 1976. I’m disheartened to see so many getting hyped for this grotesque perversion by the CCP.
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  34. Yes, we all know this. I even think that you celebrate when something goes wrong. But I don't care about your opinion. Keep searching the bad news while we (athletes and spectators) are here having fun.
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  35. Why shouldn't we? Russian desires for sporting glory comes from a desire for prestige. The same thing that drove the GDR and the Soviet Union to their state-sponsored programs decades ago. Canadian and American athletes are put through some of the most stringent anti-doping regiments of any countries. This is about clean sport and a fight against systematic, state-sponsored doping. And who better to go after Russia then countries that have had their own scandals and let stars and idols flap in the wind when they got caught. Also look at the list, Japan is apart of the group asking for a total ban. This is not about a rogue coach or cadre of athletes. THIS IS STATE-SPONSORED DOPING. THE SUCCESSOR OF THE KGB, THE FSB, WAS INVOLVED. THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT CAN BE SWEPT UNDER THE RUG. If Canadian, American, European and Japanese organizations and athletes have to step up and demand respect for fair, clean sport. So F-CKING BE IT. From a Canadian perspective, our organizations need to be fighting for the memory of Cheryl Gibson and Nancy Garapick who should have been Olympic champions but were denied by the last famous instance of state-sponsored doping. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgyqAD5Z6_A
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  36. Rio will be my second Olympics - I know that it will become a totally different Olympic experience after London 2012, but that is exactly what I want to have. Athletics Beach Volleyball Canoe Slalom Canoe Sprint Cycling - BMX Cycling - Track Diving Eventing - Cross Country Equestrian - Jumping Fencing Gymnastics - Artistique Handball Hockey Opening Ceremony Rowing Rugby Sevens Tennis Triathlon Volleyball Weightlifting Wrestling After the Olympics I will leave Rio and fly to São Paulo to stay at a friend's home in São Vicente - then I will go to Foz do Iquaçu and via Rio/Belo Horizonte to Ouro Preto to visit two UNESCO world heritage sites in Brazil. From Belo Horizonte I will fly via Rio back to Germany. I think about to do a blog again (like I did it for London)
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  37. I even refuse to open the Thread. (Even tho I have him on Ignore.) Get him outta here. He's just a plain Forum-killer and Troll.
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  38. Here is my logo and brand applied to the venues for the games to give you all an idea how the logo could look in physical application:
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  39. Bible Study Time? 2 Timothy 2:23New King James Version (NKJV) 23 But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. Proverbs 26:4New King James Version (NKJV) 4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Lest you also be like him. Matthew 15:14New King James Version (NKJV) 14 Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.” 1 Peter 2:15New King James Version (NKJV) 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men—
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  40. ^ At least GCL made a step forward and asked for advice what/how to change. You only ever take the lazy route of telling us we just have to accept your OCD and you don't show interest in actively tackling it.
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  41. This statement is incredibly angry and off-putting. The IOC ought to say "mea culpa." Instead they're lashing out at the Norwegians. This isn't going to fix anything and it shows just how out of touch they really are.
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  42. So, take the Cup away from Russia because they have troops fighting in another country, and give the games to the US. That's logical.
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  43. 2030 - The Moon, The Moon are the Favourites if they Bid. Honestly, how often do you want to repeat all of this? It's just as redundant as GCL's ramblings on the other side of the spectrum.
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  44. If they were to host some sort of clustering would like happen. Divide 5 west venues (Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Regina) into one zone and (Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, Montreal, Eastern Canada) into one zone. At most for the preliminaries is a one hour time zone difference. It would definitely pose a logistical issue.which would weaken the bid. The 2014 FIFA u20 world cup has a group where teams are scheduled to play in Edmonton and Moncton, while the 2007 FIFA u20 world cup had Chile go Toronto-Edmonton-Toronto-Edmonton-Montreal-Toronto. I don't think a country which has made some of the lower tiered FIFA events the most successful tournaments in those categories can be defined as "bland" Well at least the stadiums would be built on time and the stadiums would be full
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  45. my torchbearer essay When I found out I'd be a torchbearer I made a decision to hold back the essay I wrote to "win" my spot. To be selected as a torchbearer via Coke's competition you entered a random draw multiple times (I did nearly 100 times). If you make it past the first round you are asked to submit a 200 word essay about how you've changed your life for the better. Then a panel decides if your entry is one of the best 4000. I thought long and hard before submitting this--even longer about sharing it. And not only because I find it hard to say anything in 200 words or less...ok, here goes: Start moving I want to carry the flame for those whose alcoholism took away everything. In February 2010 I will be excited about the Games, but I’ll also think about where I’ve come from in twenty years. Starting in February 1990 I lost it all: job, home, family, and health—all gone in a few weeks. I found myself trying to figure out where it had all gone so terribly wrong. I could see where my life was headed—and I was terrified. Terrified enough to change everything. I learned how to take care of myself: certainly no more alcohol, but also eating well and moving more. That first year I walked all over Vancouver. Then I learned how to cross-country ski. Over the next several years I added downhill skiing, ice and inline skating and snowboarding to the mix. My body recovered and got stronger; so did my mind and spirit. I even I went back to school, eventually earning a PhD. Life’s funny. Twenty years ago I was sedentary and wasting away. Today it’s me who organizes the gang to do stuff! I’ve been so lucky; I’ve tried to give back. Over the years I’ve mentored others facing challenges like alcoholism. I tell them that for me it all started with two decisions: change everything. And start moving.
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