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  1. Well, I don't think just anyone, even in the Windsor family. Princess Anne is an IOC member but she did take part in the 1976 Montreal Olympics in the equestrian events. I think all the royal members of the IOC have had at least some active involvement as an Olympic athlete. But I tend to agree that having a royal title is very likely an advantage over those athletes who have not.

    But it is highly unlikely that another member of the Windsor family would be appointed to the IOC. One would be seen as "enough."

    And, regarding Seb Coe's inappropriate remarks, the head of an OC should never have an opinion aobut his/her country's athletes or the IOC....his/her job is to be an impartial OC leader, mostly cheerleading for the Games, and never becoming mired in specific athletes or countries.....

    The thing is, I think it's only the IOC president who is paid a salary. All the others, only their expenses are paid by the IOC; but they are strictly 'voluntary' (i.e., no salary) positions--thus the reason that aristocrats and industrialists (all who have means of support while they are partying and convocating) are chosen to serve.

    That's part of the reason they are picked, but the most important reason is that the IOC (and past and current presidents) like to be seen with "royalty" surrounding them, and keeping the IOC well above the mobs.

  2. Even if this were a good idea, the IOC wouldn't do it. Philosophically, it doesn't fit with the OG.

    Not a good idea because would take too long (now 3 weekends & 2 weeks in between), would be almost impossible to get volunteers to run them, high cost (now, they have 2 budgets for the OG and the Paralympics), not enough support for ParaLympics in the IOC member nations (athletes with disabilities are not given opportunities to train and/or compete in many countries)....

  3. Baseball > Softball any day.

    But women's softball is already on the program.

    Softball (played only by women in the OG) and baseball (men) were dropped from the program.

    Women don't usually play baseball.

    Both groups have been lobbying to get back into the OG.

  4. Not surprising that the track facility has been a topic of conversation.

    Football, both amateur and pro, don't like stadiums that have a track. Football fans/owners etc like to have the crowd close to the game. A track puts the fans too far away from the game they believe.

    Here in Kingston, the university (Queen's) has plans to renovate their stadium, without a track in it. Only an artificial turf field.

    Not surprisingly, the plans are on "hold" due to the gigantic cost and the other expansion of the university.

    Needless to say, the track people are not pleased, nor are many others. A stadium that hosts as few as 4 games a year, and soccer, is a strange use of money.

    But, to get back to the PAG....track really should be hosted in Toronto; I have thought that all along. Hamilton can build a much more useable stadium for football, soccer and field hockey, etc. With good programming, it can be used from dawn to dusk in the summer, and a lot of time in the shoulder seasons.

  5. Not only is the location an issue, but what is included in the staduim will soon become an issue.

    Football teams (as in Canadian football, not what we Canadians call soccer!) do NOT like to play in stadiums that have a track around the playing surface, between the fans and the football players.

    That's why the suggestion to have track & Field at U of Toronto, in their new facilities, and build a football stadium (that can also be used for soccer, field hockey, rugby etc) in Hamilton is a good one. Then, the location can be more to the 'Cats liking.

    Mr Fenn is going to have a tough time finding common ground between the 'Cats and the city of Hamilton.

    I still think its retarded having track an hour away from the athletes village. I would have built a venue at York University instead.

    Hasn't the phrse "retarded" in this context, gone out of favour?

    Not only is the location an issue, but what is included in the staduim will soon become an issue.

    Football teams (as in Canadian football, not what we Canadians call soccer!) do NOT like to play in stadiums that have a track around the playing surface, between the fans and the football players.

    That's why the suggestion to have track & Field at U of Toronto, in their new facilities, and build a football stadium (that can also be used for soccer, field hockey, rugby etc) in Hamilton is a good one. Then, the location can be more to the 'Cats liking.

    Mr Fenn is going to have a tough time finding common ground between the 'Cats and the city of Hamilton.

  6. Blatter is saying the same thing that Rogge says: "xyz is a fine city."

    That is usually taken as positive support, but it really is merely a response, and is BS. He has to say something, and to say "What a stupid idea!" doesn't get him any votes/support!

  7. I collect pins too.

    When I see a pin on eBay, I always ask the seller what is on the back of the pin. The seller can certainly lie about what's on the back, so it's not a foolproof way of checking ligitimate pins.

    But, a serious collector will know, or be able to find out, who made a particular pin (especially for recent games). You should do this before you bid on any pin on eBay, or know who the ligit sellers are.

    There are so many ligit pin collectors around that a newbie can ask someone who knows, if a particular pin is a fake (read "Made in China" here).

    The lesson: ask someone who knows.

  8. hey there, I have tix to game 21, qualification playoff mens hockey at 19:00. I am wondering if anyone knows or if there is a way to find out who MIGHT be playing in this event? Is there a certain group that is slotted for this game or is it totaly by chance? Any help would be awesome!

    Dan

    No way! Gotta wait till some team loses a few games!

  9. I have the same situation for the 18th

    Curling (men's Canada-Sweeden) from 10h00 to 12h00

    and

    Speed Skating (women's 1000m) from 13h00 to 14h45

    Only one hour gap, but I'm pretty sure to make it since the venues are not to far from each other

    I think curling will take more than 2 hours. They are playing 10 ends, and that typically takes at least 3 hours, if the Scotties and Brier are taken as examples.

  10. Rest In Peace.

    I believe this is his third struggle with cancer, really great guy... it is a real shame he wasn't able to live to see the games, he had a very large part in the 2010 bid. He gave everything he got, even when he was sick over the past few years...he was a doer. My deepest condolences to VANOC, his family, and friends.

    The comments at CBC are absolutely disgusting. The guy is dead and all they can do is whine about Olympics and other cr@p.

    Agree all around.

    The comments on cbc.ca are a disgrace to the country. It's hard to imagine that any person with any amount of heart would post the stuff that's there. Those are very unhappy people who have nothing to do all day except post on public websites (as occasionally happens on gamesbids.com).

  11. I've met Lauri Ann Fenlon (a really nice lady), and I must say that she made the only judgment possible. Yeah, it ain't fair, but it is the way it is. Suing VANOC was the wrong decision. They should have gone after the IOC.

    Agree.

    This was NOT a VANOC decision. It is a decision of the IOC.

    While I support women's ski jumping, I also support the IOC criteria for accepting new disciplines and sports. The line has to be drawn somewhere; the argument is really WHERE to draw the line.

    Considering the number of "sports" that want into the Olympic Games and OWG, there have to be some criteria or standards that must be met. We may disagree about what those standards or criteria may be, but there just isn't room for every sport to be in the Olympics.

    Not a pleasant situation, but that's the way it is.

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