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  1. On 8/31/2019 at 4:53 PM, Nacre said:

    Speed skating rinks are different dimensions from athletics stadiums. It is possible to put a temporary rink inside an athletics stadium, but there is a very large distance from the stands to the ice.


    I’m not sure how it was in person but on TV the 2018 World Allround were spectacular. I’d really like to see that kind of setup tried at an Olympics.

  2. I heard on the radio today that Qatar will spend over $200 billion to host this tournament. With the obvious caveat that this is not an official figure, that seems like a scary number. Is it likely that democratic countries that would need to build new stadiums will be scared away from the World Cup the same way they have been frightened of hosting the winter Olympics after Sochi's $51 billion expense?

    They really should have bid for the Club World Cup instead.

    1) It is held in the winter anyway so there would be no need to ruin the club calendar.

    2) They would only need two stadiums instead of twelve.

    3) Teams are allowed to buy players, so it wouldn't matter that they don't have many domestic players.

    That wouldn't do, nobody pays attention to that (relative to the World Cup or even the Champion's League).

  3. I'm wondering, how much does it cost to build a sliding centre made out of natural ice (like Saint Moritz does every year) and is there any rule against host countries doing that as opposed to building an artificial track? You'd only really need to build it for three years (homolgation, test event and the games proper).

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  4. A two run downhill sounds like a good idea

    It really doesn't. The whole point of downhill is the endurance required. A two run "downhill" would be something entirely different than a downhill.

    That being said, I'd love to see the Olympic downhill have a qualification race that cuts down the field to 30 and that seeds the starting order.

  5. Of these I'm only really comfortable with Skateboarding and perhaps Baseball/Softball if they add two more teams.

    Combined climbing is a worse format than three separate events, surfing is stupid costly away from good natural venues and doesn't translate well on TV and Karate is incredibly boring (except for team kata, which isn't even proposed).

    At least adding Skateboarding would be a bold statement and it's a cheap sport to host. Vert as a third event would be nice.

  6. I feel like I'm in the minority, but I actually like having aquatic events held outside, at least once in a while. I feel that adjusting to competing both indoors and outdoors is, and should be, part of the challenge of competitive swimming, diving, water polo and synchro swimming. There has been recent world championships and Olympics held outdoors and, while it's perhaps not the ideal setting for world records and PBs, it remains fair. It can also create beautiful settings for TV.

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