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  1. Obviously NZ have had great success in team sports but it's completely the opposite strategy of Team GB where the focus has been on individual sports with multiple medals up for grabs rather than team sports with just one or two medals to be won. As long as Liam Malone gets a race though all should be good.
  2. Regarding the villages although using barracks or student accomodation might be cheaper surely there is a potential for significant profit to be made if they do become expensive apartments/high rise complexes after the games. It's just the local federation need to make sure it's them, not the developers, scooping most the profit.
  3. Re: London vs the rest of the UK. I think given the circumstances apart from a few officials in the cities themselves there wouldn't be much outcry if London hosted over Birmingham/Manchester/Liverpool - financially it makes sense and actually putting the London venues to use once again for a major multi-sport event should quieten the complaints about the legacy. My biggest complaint about the legacy has always been that hosting future multi-sport events wasn't really part of the plan. I suspect to with bloody Brexit on the horizon the government would be keen to show we're welcoming the world and use the games to strengthen the links across the Commonwealth. Obviously in terms of benefits to a city the likes of Liverpool and Birmingham would benefit much more from the exposure than London. I quite like the idea of Liverpool hosting but practically in such a short time frame it doesn't seem viable.
  4. Kuala Lumper seems the most realistic option to me with them hosting the SEA games this year. I really don't think Liverpool, Birmingham or even Manchester could cope with the quick turnaround, mainly due to the stadium, so London would be the best UK option. I really think though it would be in Liverpool and Birminghams interest to push for it to go to KL in 2022 then stay on track for their 2026 bid, preferbly from Liverpool rather than Birmingham. If the Gold Coast weren't hosting in 2018 then Melbourne would probably be the favour - you get the impression they could host any multi-sport event with less than a weeks notice.
  5. Liverpool shouting the loudest but practically that's a tough ask - can't see either Everton or Liverpool providing the stadium (or getting one built in less than 5 years) and they'd have to build the pool too. I agree cycling would end up in Manchester. Birmingham isn't in much better a position either - practically speaking London is the obvious choice for London but it does seem that despite all the talk of "legacy" there was little thought put into hosting future multi-sport events when planning the Olympic park post-2012. Of all the UK cities Glasgow would be best positioned for a quick return, but I don't think there is any desire for them to do so. I'd love it to go to Singapore but they've shown little interest in hosting them. Kuala Lumper might be an option too but not sure they've hosted any multi-sport event since the 1998 games. As things stand even Delhi looks attractive.
  6. A 388 day relay is a bit ridiculous really - could have knocked 365 days off that easily enough and just flown the baton straight out to Australia and streamlined the whole thing. I don't imagine people really rush out to see the baton in the way they do the Olympic Torch.
  7. Well there would be the venue for any Birmingham bid - difficult to justify building one in Birmingham if a suitable relatively new venue is less than an hour away.
  8. Dan Walker has been superb, as have all the BBC presenters to be fair. Clare Balding gets all the credit once again but I think cycling turned out to be her krptonite - she didn't seem to grasp the basics of it and with her increased workload these games as the primetime presenter she wouldn't have had the time to study it in the way she could the swimming in 2012, where she had very few studio presenting shifts.
  9. Agree about Torino - that is by far the best OBS intro. Also love the CBC reworking of their Olympic theme for those games too. I hate though how OBS take priority on the end card - wasn't so bad when they had a nice logo but this year it's just the Olympic rings and "OBS" in big letters - would be much better if the games logo took prominence, though I do think countries who use the OBS titles can edit the ending of them. As for the BBC the Rio 2016 titles are probably now my favourites, though as a theme tune nothing will ever beat Barcelona.
  10. Absolutely ridiculous this got back in. Nobody missed it and from a cost point of view it's about the most expensive thing they can add - needs it's own venue (which isn't a standard sports stadia) and being a team sport it's adding hundreds of athletes to the programme. Pretty much all the additions this time around are a joke - skateboarders don't want skateboarding in, climbing surely isn't of the standard to even be considered for Olympic inclusion while squash still sits on the sidelines for reasons nobody really understands.
  11. I managed to just wake up in time for Adam Peaty's final last night - left it to my body to decide if it was worth waking up for and woke up about 5 minutes beforehand. Unfortunately my body also decided to keep me awake during the Opening Ceremony despite me getting bored of it rather quickly. NBC are probably as good as anyone as prepackaging highlights into a show, so no reason not to give network viewers the live option and the highlights option. The next two Winter Olympics at least should offer some live skiing in primetime without disruption to the schedules (they're normally held in the morning, so that'll fall in primetime). I don't see what NBC have got to lose in 2020 by giving viewers the chance to watch the evening events, including the ceremonies, live in the mornings and then having a mixture of live morning events and highlights of the days key moments in the evening. I'd be surprised if the overall ratings dropped for the ceremonies if they had a live broadcast in the morning and an encore in the evening.
  12. 1992-1998 the most interesting evolution of the graphics (I particularly liked Nagano), but got a boring from 2000 when everything was just tweaked slightly from games to games, probably a result of the creation of the OBS rather than local host broadcasting companies for each games. Rio is the biggest evolution but still basically the same as London - a nice design though but think the yellow text is awful.
  13. NBC possibly the only rights holder in the world that doesn't show it live - was ridiculous with the ceremony when they could surely have started at 7pm. Yes they pay the most for rights but collectively the rest of the world puts their hand in too - and the latter starts don't favour the Europeans. It's notable with the Paralympics that the swimming and athletics will begin about 4 hours earlier, much more suitable for UK audiences and still primetime for Rio. Anyone know what is "primetime" in Brazilian television? I guess in Tokyo we might get morning swimming finals again. Notice in Rio for the athletics though they're having finals in both the morning and evening session, so some (less appealing) finals are early evening in Europe.
  14. Just had a shot on the BBC at the end of their primetime coverage of the cauldron with the sculpture moving and it looks pretty impressive.
  15. Similar arrangement for the BBC, though their Olympic Park broadcasts are from within the park rather than the IBC. Most of the BBC1 coverage is from Copacabana, except primetime which is from the Olympic Park with Dame Clare Balding of Olympia. Reverse for BBC4 with daytime from the Olympic Park and primetime from the Copacabana - and so far all on the beach rather than in the studio.