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Posts posted by Hightowerio86

  1. 12 hours ago, FYI said:

    The people of Utah are NOT paying for L.A. 2028, & the people of California would NOT pay for SLC 2030/34. In the U.S., the Federal Gov't does not pay for the Olympics (as others countries do). The only tab the Feds pick up here is for security (which is still a big ticket item), but the rest of the Olympic price tag is up to the respective states & local cities hosting, along with the organizing committee. The people & gov't of Utah have already made it clear, they would welcome another Winter Olympics there, hence why the USOC picked SLC as their candidate over Denver (a few years back), where support was lukewarm at best.

    That seems pretty obvious. And it's probably another reason why the USOC hasn't committed to a year yet. But as the saying goes, beggars can't be choosers. And both parties involved (the IOC & USOC) might have to settle with what they can get, which may not be ideal to both, or one of them.

    That's why I believe the IOC is going to do a double allocation giving SLC in 2034 and I think Sapporo is going to get 2030 cause it very likely they are going to bid

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  2. On 9/7/2021 at 12:44 AM, Quaker2001 said:

    And what does that tell us?  Because it means those sites have 1 thing in common.. they all have existing facilities that can be used for a future Olympics.

    The days of a bid like Sochi where everything has to be built from scratch are long gone.  The most capable bids are the ones able to use existing infrastructure.  That's why Milano-Cortina is so sensible, because even though it's spread out, it's making use of facilities already in place that are regularly used for World Cup competition.

    it's the same with Salt Lake City and Vancouver

  3. On 8/11/2021 at 8:52 AM, Ikarus360 said:

    Fun fact, that interpretation of the Italian anthem during the handover was very controversial in Italy back in the day with politicians who thought it was too much of a free adaptation of Fratelli D'Italia (the song was also used briefly during the transmissions of 2002 World Cup but due to controversy it was retired from RAI). I frankly don't see anything wrong with it. :P

    In a similar way to Tokyo handover, but not as bad, I had lots of expectations for Torino ceremonies because of their handover. I don't dislike their ceremonies as much as I did back then but I still don't think they were my favorites from the 2000s (then again it was the decade of Athens and Beijing which are still unsurpassable ceremonies for myself).

    Well I hope they play this version of the national anthem for the handover ceremony during the Closing Ceremony.



  4. At first, I thought that these games probably cancelled at the last minute but they have been somewhat good. The competition was exceptional even though there was no crowds which I believe makes the games more special. But thanks to COVID-19 and the Japanese government ineptitude for not getting people vaccinated in time to watch them in person somehow someway they pulled it off. I wouldn't put these games on the level of Sydney, Athens, Beijing or London. I wouldn't put them anywhere near the class of Barcelona in 1992 but these games should be called the "Perseverance Games" cause the athletes have waited for 5 years since Rio for their moment and they have made it. Simone and Naomi put mental health on the world's biggest sporting stage telling the athletes saying "it's okay not to be okay" and yet still performed at their highest level. I would give these games a B-. I hope 6 months from now the Winter Games in Beijing will more memorable but other than that the athletes and the games have persevered.

  5. 2 hours ago, Ikarus360 said:

    Don't need to tell me. The moment I read Marco Balich I knew what to expect. <_<

    Seriously, much like Bach he seems to be a Dictator himself now when it comes to olympic/sport ceremonies (though he wasn't in PC2018 I think). Really getting tired of him being around in everything and for the look of some posts ago seems he forced another small/ecological cauldron. Again.

    They should have gotten Ric Birch or Don Mischner to produce the ceremony but they probably would have done the same thing with the cauldron

  6. 5 hours ago, baron-pierreIV said:

    10,000 is proving to be the magic number for Tokyo 2020ne:

    1.  10K torches were made  (not all used so far; they're saving some for the Paras, too(; 

    2.  Except for OC, they will cap spectators at 10K for other events (which would probably only be in baseball and indoor volleyball.  Gymnastics?

    3. They have also now shifted the 10K races (both genders) to Sapporo becuz of the heat.  So Sapporo will host the marathons, the Race-walking events and the 10K races.  (Hint, hint, Sapporo: we want you to bid for 2030!!  ;)  And of course, they're doing this so that Sapporo beats Beijing as being the first one-time Winter Olympic Host City to also host some Summer Olympic events -- just the reverse of what Beijing will be in 2022.  Although Karuizawa did that double duty for Tokyo 1964 (equestrian) and Nagano 1998 (Curling) but was NOT an anchor host city.) 

    Will they cap the spectators in the streets to 10K?  :wacko:

    Where can I find the story that they switched the 10k from Tokyo to Sapporo?

  7. 2 hours ago, BigVic said:

    Nothing is mentioned in the protocol guide for the Closing Ceremony about raising the flags for future hosts Olympics. 

    The US and Australian flags and their respective anthems should also be played on the night of the Closing Ceremony as Los Angeles, CA, USA and Brisbane, QLD, Australia are to become hosts for the 2028 and 2032 games. 

    That would be nice but they are going to stay with the status quo

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