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  1. Oooh, nice view. The Olympic Park in the background doesn't look bad either. I've only been to Seoul. Wasn't able to visit the Jamsil Sports Complex (tho I saw the stadium while riding an elevated commuter train), but you can somehow see traces of the 1988 games. One subway station I passed through was Hodori-themed and had directional signs for Olympic venues. The inn I stayed at had a die-cast stadium ashtray in the lobby so I guess that also counts. Would like to visit London, Barcelona, and Munich.
  2. There's no market demand for direct flights to Rio from Asia, so there's no other choice but to do at least multiple connecting flights. This could change during 2014 and 2016, but given the comparatively low SEAsian spectator interest for the WC and SOG I doubt that would happen. For now the most convenient route is Beijing-Sao Paulo (Air China), or Middle East-Sao Paulo via "The Big Three" (Emirates, Qatar, Etihad) home hubs. I'm not sure if including poverty in the narrative would be a good idea. No host country would want to highlight such things.
  3. I just watched a video of Vila Isabel's parade this year. Or at least I tried to watch the whole thing. The video's 1 & 1/2 hours long! That was the first time I watched a Carnaval parade and it left me more confused than wowed. I watched the first 30 minutes and then skipped to random parts (and then a few minutes of some of the other parades) and to me it seemed like I was watching the same thing: cast and costume overload, mind-numbing non-stop music with little variation. Don't get me wrong -- I did find the costumes and floats spectacular, but I was expecting something like a conte
  4. Can we scrap the stadium design contest tho? It's so... skyscrapercity. Like, woo omgaaaahh pretty stadium render best bid evarrrr it deserves to be host city~*~*
  5. Nice photos of the Olympic Park, other venues, competition events, other events, crowd, the atmosphere in London, OC -- basically a bit of everything in this gallery -- by Duncan Rawlinson:
  6. It's not just the architecture. I'm surprised that architecture is even a major factor in picking host city favorites! You can find buildings and supertalls and old stuff and the occasional Starchitect piece in any city anyway. I can't quite put my finger on it, but you know how certain cities have this sparkle or appeal even just by the mention of their name? Arguably you'd want the Olympics to be held in a city with that ~magic~. To be honest I never thought of Chicago as host city material (and not in an I-don't-know-where-but-certainly-not-there-way -- it just didn't cross my mind), but w
  7. Oops, I apologize for the rather hostile tone of my response. I got carried away with the flag/anthem bit and started imagining what-if scenarios. Sydney's anthem is one of my all-time favorite segments in any OC ever. Even the horses' exit with the hundred fluttering flags gave me chills. I actually have the Julie Anthony mp3 in my iPod and I've managed to memorize the whole thing (better than most Australians -- I even know the entire 2nd verse, haha) because of repeated play. Now back to the cauldron discussion.
  8. Sure, it could've been done better, but the London 2012 cauldron isn't that much of an affront to me. As long as there's a flame burning for the duration of the Games regardless of its location, then I'm good. What I cannot accept is the idea of degrading the host country's flag and anthem during the OC. Come Games-time, it's their show and they can do whatever the hell they please in return for spending billions for the Olympics. Can you imagine the public anger if the IOC required that the host country's flag must be lower or not be raised at all/anthem not be played during the OC in the gu
  9. They should have tried to clean it up and wipe the soot from the petals (or at least the outer ones) after transferring the cauldron. Poor thing looks toasted. I'm surprised it burned up badly. Perhaps Heatherwick should have chosen another material.
  10. The article says they kept the flame burning in a miner's lamp. So at least the 'original' flame is still intact -- assuming that they lit the lamp from one of the petals that the torchbearers lit (and assuming that it was the flame from the torch that ignited the petal and not just a Barcelona-type ignition). Given these assumptions, I've no problem with the cauldron being extinguished for transfer. Given the cauldron's low height and seemingly fragile structure, I don't think moving it to a spot in the park would be a good idea. If you want a WTF-what-have-they-done-to-the-flame moment,
  11. Zadok the Priest by Handel, but that might be too associated with the UEFA Champions League.
  12. Not exactly the official look but Olympics-related nonetheless -- I think many were hoping that the look would be more dynamic and shards-y, like this: From here: Opening Ceremony Olympic pop-up store opens in London
  13. This was a frustrating loss. NED had possession of the ball throughout the match and had many, many goal attempts.
  14. Tough call, this race. The idea of a Madrid Olympics is most appealing to me. It's like the right mix of recklessness and responsibility, wrapped in a very attractive package that will appeal to a global audience. "Financial challenges" -- psh. Come on, since when was hosting an Olympics without financial challenges? And if past bids really are a major factor, then Madrid has the edge over Istanbul. (Also interesting to note that Spain has been persistent in getting another Olympics, whether a Winter or Summer one. Eight bids since Barcelona '92!) I'm not entirely convinced of Istanbul's p
  15. This is already annoying. Qatar is being bratty about this Doha bid. As if the 2022 World Cup isn't already a huge (ridiculous!) undertaking to begin with.
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