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Everything posted by Fox334

  1. Well, I mean, an Annecy bid would look mighty good right about now...
  2. Seems like a wasted oportunity considering the games are in South Korea. Synchro is baffling to me, though. Huge number of athlete, gender inbalance and frankly a pretty niche sport. I don't see it getting in.
  3. Since this thread exists anyway, might as well post this here: the Copa América Femenina has just concluded. Brazil won for the sixth time in seven editions, Colombia finished second and Ecuador finished third. Brazil (as host) and Colombia will be the CONMEBOL representatives in the Olympic women's Football tournament for the second straight time. Brazil and Colombia also both qualify for the 2015 women's world cup. Ecuador will be in a playoff against the fourth best CONCACAF team for a spot in the world cup but they are out of contention for the Olympic tournament.
  4. England is it's own continent, along with Wales which is also part of our [the English] continent. It isn't like Scotland and Ireland which are part of Europe.
  5. Hey, I'd take Almaty over Beijing. So it's more than two people
  6. I'm disappointed Oslo is looking like a nonstarter, because it's by far the best of the three bids. Heck, there are very few cities in the world that could host the winter Olympics better than Oslo could. Oh well, time to support Almaty. If we can't get a safe option might as well go all in on the craziness.
  7. There used to be qualifications that happened even earlier (especially in shooting). I believe it's only since London that qualification events can't be more than 2 years before the opening ceremonies. And actually (at least) three more European dressage teams will qualify.
  8. I like them, honestly. They create a second opportunity for athletes to compete and they reward national federations for fostering depth. Plus they are very TV friendly.
  9. Odds are if Canada would host 2026 (fat chance, IMO) the finals would be in Toronto and the opening match would be in Montreal. Vancouver and Edmonton would probably host either a semi or a third place match. Having been to Moncton's stadium this week I really don't see it as worthy of holding a world cup match (as much as I'd love to see that kind of event in New Brunswick I think it's really unrealistic). Its not conveniently located and the permanent capacity is only 10,000. I would personally go with twelve stadiums in eleven cities: Halifax, Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto (x2), Hamilton, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.
  10. There is something you said that bears repeating: the best bid does not always win. Atlanta wasn't the best bid. You can make a good argument for Salzburg being the best bid in 2010 and 2014, for Munich being the best bid in 2018, for Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo being better bids than Rio, for Toronto, Paris or even Osaka being better bids than Beijing, for Salt Lake being a better bid than Nagano (well, that one and 2002 are a bit smelly). And dear god was Albertville not the best bid. Point being, going into a bidding process for the Olympics or the World Cup thinking that it's your God given right to hold the event is a recipe to crash and burn. Nobody outside of Great Britain cares where the "home of Football" is. Shed the arrogance and maybe the English will have a chance. Athens made the mistake of assuming they had a right to 1996 and we all know how that turned out for them. Give an England bid to a team that is as competent as the team that lead the London 2012 bid and the result will be much improved.
  11. Some countries just don't take the YOG seriously, and I don't blame them. I remember that Skate Canada decided to not send anyone in 2012 because they didn't see the event as a good development opportunity (considering the calibre of athletes in figure skating specifically I'm not sure I agree, but anyways). Also some of the events are kind of jokes - who the hell thought it was a good idea to have a team cycling event where the athletes have to compete in BMX, Mountain Biking and Road Cycling?
  12. That's actually exactly how it works. Two athletes per team.
  13. Why do people make those stupid lists? Nobody has expressed interest in 2030, 2034, 2038... heck, who knows if the CWG will be around in 2046? Can we at least wait until 2030 was awarded until we start speculating about 2038? Arguably speculating about anything but 2022 and MAYBE 2026 is pure bullshit.
  14. I'm really not a big fan of that list in general. Big air is stale IMO, it doesn't seem to be an event that is really growing in popularity. The alpine team event is just not a good format - 20s parallel runs, really? The focus for ski jumping, IMO, should be to bring in a second women's event rather than introduce a mixed event. A second nordic combined team event seems unnecessary. And telemark, really? The only thing on this list I'd be in favour of adding is the team snowboardcross event. Also forgot to mention a minor but interesting tweak to the format of the half-pipe and slopestyle events. Finals will not feature 3 runs rather than 2, bringing it in line with basically all non-FIS organized events. I feel like for the sake of the TV package it might be wise to reduce the size of the finals from 12 to 8 (36 runs seems like a lot) but it's definitively a good move in terms of fairness.
  15. The document sort of implies that this list isn't necessarily exhaustive. Sadly the FIS's website makes it a pain to access the exhaustive list of decisions taken by the congress.
  16. I don't think this was posted anywhere, but the FIS has made the decision to ask the IOC to add the following events to the Olympics: Alpine Skiing Mixed Team Event Ski Jumping Mixed Normal Hill Team Event Nordic Combined Team Sprint Snowboard Big Air Team Snowboardcross Telemark Parallel Sprint Telemark Team Parallel Sprint Source: http://www.fis-ski.com/mm/Document/document/General/05/53/43/fiscouncilbarcelona2014_Neutral.pdf
  17. After the bold experiment that was London's look this is playing it really safe. Still, looks slick - and those things tend to look a lot better on TV and in person that they do in renders, anyway. Overall I'm pretty confident it will look good.
  18. The fact that we're talking about the weather as the major sticking point says it all, really. Most everything that was within the organizer's control went very well.
  19. Didn't watch either ceremonies, so can't comment on that. The games proper where as much as you can ask for from a CWG: the crowds where great, the venues where appropriate to the scale of the games and there where great sporting moments. Glasgow gets full marks from me. They held the CWGs at the scale they should be held and they did a brilliant job. Much needed after Delhi.
  20. Congrats to team England on a great performance. (But don't expect to win the CWG Ashes again in the Gold Coast )
  21. Same here. The dripping blood gushing out from cuts is really off putting. If I was a parent it would not encourage me to sign up my kids up for boxing lessons.
  22. ...everyone that cleared a height got a medal. WTF?
  23. Looks like the Gymnastics team redeemed itself in the past few days. Incidentally, massive improvements from the Delhi performance. Getting medals in both Badminton and Table Tennis would be quite impressive.
  24. When I took my (Association) Football referee class years ago we where next to a group of bagpipers. For hours. Can't stand bagpipe music anymore.
  25. Impressive considering that they cut half the shooting events :-P
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