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Everything posted by Ikarus360

  1. Ah yes, the Stockholm 2004 bid which, much like with the 2026 one, no one in Sweden wanted. They went to the extreme of literally bombing both the Olympic Stadium and Ullevi Stadium (Gotheburg) as a sign of protest and to also scare people from voting Stockholm in 1997. https://www.nytimes.com/1997/08/25/world/another-blast-in-sweden-during-bid-for-olympics.html They wanted to build a whole new stadium. Half of the tribunes would be temporary, though, since a permanent 70.000 spectators stadium for Stockholm was ridiculous. There is more info about the project here. https://www.oma.com/projects/stockholm-olympic-stadium
  2. Fun fact, that interpretation of the Italian anthem during the handover was very controversial in Italy back in the day with politicians who thought it was too much of a free adaptation of Fratelli D'Italia (the song was also used briefly during the transmissions of 2002 World Cup but due to controversy it was retired from RAI). I frankly don't see anything wrong with it. In a similar way to Tokyo handover, but not as bad, I had lots of expectations for Torino ceremonies because of their handover. I don't dislike their ceremonies as much as I did back then but I still don't think they were my favorites from the 2000s (then again it was the decade of Athens and Beijing which are still unsurpassable ceremonies for myself).
  3. Hey everyone. Just wanted to friendly remind i'll believe a boycott when I see it and when governments/companies stop being greedy cowards and wanting the Chinese market which, spoiler, it hasn't happened yet. Have a nice day~
  4. They wanted it to be a big show. Well, at least Mikiko wanted to. But she couldn't stand the toxic environment and Japan obsession with respect to elders who still think their ways work in 2021. Thus, she resigned, the whole ceremony team fell like a house cards and the disaster which we all know happened. https://aramajapan.com/news/tokyo-2020-opening-ceremony-original-plan-leaks-in-full/114631/
  5. David Atkins produced the show but all of the performers were canadian and i'm pretty sure Atkins also brought in some talents to be in charge of aspects of the ceremonies. Ironically, Australia used a british production company for both 2006 and 2018 CWG (Jack Morton) and I remember the Gold Coast decision was heavily criticized back then though in the end they're producers who are still using native talent to create a show.
  6. I think its reliable enough. For a lot of weeks i've seen people in japanese social media talking about how Dentsu ruined the opening ceremony and how they're also the most despised company in Japan at the moment due to many of their shady actions. The reddit user did their homework pretty well, but a lot of weebs are still in damage control and blaming this mess at the IOC and the pandemic.
  7. All this catastrophe regarding the organization of the opening ceremony just highlights heavily everything which is wrong with Japan right now and why they have fallen behind in the innovative area compared to their neighbours China and Korea. Too sad that the young innovative people are always trampled by a bunch of boomers because of muh respect to the eldery (Japan only has one Unicorn city, in fact (a term used for the most innovative cities ) which is Fukuoka, coincidentally the city with the largest number of younger people in the country. Embarassing for a nation which many have promoted to be a hub of innovation). Like I said before, Japan really can't into opening/closing ceremonies. Next time they host an Olympics I know i'll do best to sleep well that day and don't bother to wake up to watch it. PS: I see the only things they kept from the original plan in the end were the Drones (though heavily watered down) and the cauldron (only the sphere/flower part of it though).
  8. I wonder what Italy will do for their handover. Given the current situation is most likely to continue in February, they'll undoubtly make a film handover like Paris did. Despite the livefeed segment of Paris handover being a bit cringe, their video presentation was very professional in my honest opinion. Let's see how Italy surpasses it.
  9. Official youtube channel of Paris 2024 has uploaded the presentation. National Anthem (a very beautiful rendition. After all, we're talking about THE national anthem, so they couldn't butcher this) And the presentation. Shame that the Pandemic forced them to make the Handover on this style, but neverthless, I feel it was very professional and not cringe at all. I trust Paris will do something with style in 2024.
  10. Despite the disastrous, pessimistic lead up, and an Opening Ceremony which felt more like a Funeral than a celebration, I think Japan still fought against all of the odds and managed to make a very good event, organization wise, despite the current circunstances the world is facing right now. Its just a huge shame they could not enjoy this event as most japanese didn't even knew it was happening given how bubbled up they were. But like some people said here, the blame is into Abe and Suga for being slowpokes with the vaccinations. Neverthless, whats done is done, and the catastrophe which many doomsayers said it was going to happen with hosting these games was prevented. Only time will tell if Japan will have a second chance to have the party which couldn't be. The Asian Games aren't too much popular and it will be mostly a celebration for the people of Aichi and Nagoya which, compared to Tokyo and Osaka, never had much protagonism representing Japan in events besides the 2005 Expo, but maybe they can be a What If. The athletes were undoubtly, as it should always be, the main protagonists of the show, with their outstanding performances and many broken records. While we still don't have popular figures yet, we have to understand these were the games of a new generation since the old one said goodbye to us in Rio. Their time of fame will come very soon in Paris and L.A. As for my country, I cannot complain. These were the best games performance wise we had in many decades, and with an Olympic and World Record included. I couldn't ask more from them. I pray that these and Beijing will be the first and only Covid Games, and the world will have surpassed this terrible pandemic by 2024. For all the criticism their handover got, at least they delivered a light of hope which was so needed, with the parisian people being together and celebrating despite the current situation. I trust in France and Paris to give us a classy event, after all, the french know when to have class when they're at the spotlight. I'm still contempt with watching Beijing's next winter, but I've been a longtime fan of Olympics so i'll try to ignore all of the political drama this edition will be and cheer for the athletes, just like I did this year. But I hope Paris comes soon enough and renews hope and prestige to an event which really needs it. And hopefully by then our dear Olympic champion in fencing will be out of the picture. Overall, I give Tokyo a 6/10. I understand most of what happened was not their fault, but at the end we're qualifying a final product and not a "what could had been". I'm sure they'll get a 11/10 when they are under a much luckier scenario. See you next winter!
  11. Shame the weather ruined what was supossed to be the live flag in Eiffel Tower, then again it was always going to be at risk of not working. The french, as usual, fishing in turbulent waters.
  12. A communist regime using sports as propaganda tool to promote their system and drive people to their side in order to demoralize the west. Typical script from communist nations during the Cold War. I don't know why some are surprised about it. And despite all of that, still lost to America.
  13. Closing Ceremony was much better than the Opening, but sadly also heavily restrained due to the Pandemic. You could see potential for so many things which could had been and weren't in the end. Hopefully Japan will have a better chance to shine ceremonies wise in Nagoya-Aichi 2026.
  14. Gad to know i'm not the only one who understood that reference. It was a nice touch
  15. They've been annoyed at France for some days after Dembele made racist remarks toward some japanese workers in an hotel. Also while it gave a sensation of hope, its also kind of a contradictory message. Social distancing and no spectators in Tokyo while Paris was packed with people. They must be tilting their heads right now.
  16. Very good rendition of Marseillaise which also included Stade de France. Wonderful introduction video through the roofs of Paris. The flag was completely fake and computer generated though lol, what the hell was that. However the ambience in Paris is very much different from the grimace which was Tokyo. Awesome performance by the air force too, and they kept the tradition of using the head of state in handovers which was kickstarted by Tokyo 5 years ago. 7/10. I don't want to be too harsh on it because I understand the pandemic situation, so i'll just say it was decent and very french.
  17. I like it but I remember a lot of people were cringing about it in 2018. I guess people got used to it now because of the New Normal
  18. Kimetsu no Yaiba theme song being played now (a very popular anime these days in Japan, which movie broke records last year)
  19. Tokyo Ska Paradise performing. Liking this much more than the funeral which was the opening ceremony to be honest.
  20. Because they have got too loud in recent years and wanted to turn it into a promotion of their political system. Anyway, VR projections. Remember how Pyeongchang was criticized about it? In comparison Tokyo is going overboard with it then again its understandable.
  21. I'm just glad the US won the Olympics in the end. I was starting to losing it with all the CCP trolls online never staying quiet about it.
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