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  1. Well this article from GB says: IOC to begin accepting 2018 Youth Olympic Games bids in September Tuesday, August 23, 2011 2:36pm EDT GB Editor Font size: Bids for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games will have until March 1, 2012 to submit applications according to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). But IOC Executive Director Gilbert Felli told reporters in July that there are "several" cities anxious to apply for the 2018 event. Monterrey in Mexico, the Netherlands and Nigeria have already shown interest. Yes, Toulouse may not be supported, but they have expressed interest since 2009. Per Wikipedia, Kazan, Russia is also interested, although I don't think it has quite the cachet of the other candidates. (Neither does Toulouse, frankly, except that I had a friend from there so I am sympathetic.) Clearly, BA has the most appeal as an Alpha (or close to Alpha) city. But I think I would wait if I were them. They deserve the senior Olympics, some day at least.
  2. The only European rumors I've heard are Toulouse France and possibly Netherlands
  3. This might amuse you: when Chicago was bidding for the Olympics, my cousin was worried about the same topics, traffic, crowds, etc....She lives over five hours away! (This is a little less than the drive to Ankara) I just had to laugh at her unneccessary worrying.
  4. Besides the fact that it will take, oh, 20 to restore trust in India for a similar event, how much new construction would be required if they were to bid for an Olympics? er 20 years
  5. Although there are some US citizens that do agree with Baron, I think most would not agree, or even be outraged by this possibility. I certainly am. I hope you'll consider this in your larger image of US citizens.

    Thanks.

  6. Seriously, Denver was almost 40 years ago...That's my whole lifetime and I'm no spring chicken. Aren't most of the people who were on the IOC then gone by now? If they are still holding a grudge, they are extremely petty.
  7. It seems a waste to me. The earliest they could get the games is 2030, and they still have Harbin to contend with.
  8. What are thoughts on Zakopane? I was looking at the pics on Wikipedia and it is beautiful. Does anyone recall details and strengths/weaknesses from it's recent bids for the Olympics and the FIS championships?
  9. Could you elaborate on this? Many times you hear "for our city, for our region/state, for our national pride..." How is Switzerland organized that they are less likely to share a national identity? You could certainly say that most bids only benefit one region (at most).
  10. Thanks for the info. On the same topic, but totally different continent, can we discuss New Zealand? Putting aside the fact that the Games would have to be in July, is Queenstown the best place for a bid? The town is tiny, only 10000. Even if it was paired with Dunedin for ice events (about 120000), it is 4.5 hours by car. Would this bid ever win?
  11. Oh, that's good. Not an issue then. How is the transport between the two cities and to the nearest major airport. Would people come in through Stockholm or maybe Oslo?
  12. Sochi will use the upgrades as a summer resort and as a burgeoning winter resort. Just as you state upgrades in Sweden would bring more tourism, that true in Russia, too. Win-win. If Ostersund and Are are already two of the major resorts in Sweden, do they need to upgrade? Will they need 40,000 hotel rooms between the two cities? They have been successful for years without that. As for Rogge, I have to respectfully agree that he encourages every NOC to bid. He is a diplomat and not a realist, at least not publically. I can't recall one time where he has criticized a bid in public. And as I said before, I would love to have Sweden host the Games.
  13. I meant don't forget Austria as a Winter Powerhouse. You can't list Germany/Russia/Norway/Sweden/Finland/Switz. and forget them. They are awesome on skis.
  14. Maybe that's what he implied, but certianly no one else has ever said that. Anyway, I would ignore it.
  15. Don't forget Austria, another historical winter powerhouse. Every country has good games and bad games, but you are right, those European countries are the tradional winners. Anyway, I don't think anyone is saying that the numbers of medals won should determine rights of hosting.
  16. Doing a little research, one ski field Spencer's Creek in New South Wales, Aus has an average ski depth of 100cm in mid-October. That's probably the earliest it could be held in the eyes of the N. Hemisphere, if thoughts here are correct. (The peak condition is late August/Early September). However, records also indicate that the snow is unreliable in this region.
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