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DamC last won the day on August 8 2023

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  1. I don't mind the track overall but yeah it goes from Hollywood score to sub-Daft Punk electronic/orchestral hybrid track then straight into Mario Kart/variety show territory.
  2. I feel like the final torch bearer will still be an athlete. This is a much more important Olympic tradition than the identity of who lights up the cauldron at the end of the day on the relay. I like that Jul got to light the cauldron tonight because it showed that the games are much more than a sporting event and it's a good way to get the people talking. In the end, the relay is nothing more than a big promotional tool to get people to pay notice to the games. It makes sense.
  3. This location has been picked because it's easily accessible to the public, in the "heart of Paris", and can be secured since it's inside a public garden where you can have security forces stationed at each entrance. I assume this area was chosen instead of Trocadero because the latter will already be busy with lots of media being based there and all the logistics of the opening ceremony and the nightly celebration of medal winners
  4. According to a report in Le Parisien, the bid plan was changed up to the last minutes before the announcement in discussion with the IOC. The IOC convinced the bid committee to make the bid less spread out (apparently venues in Marseille and Gap were being considered).
  5. Nice doesn't have any suitable ice rink yet. So we'll have to wait and see what their actual plan is. There is a project for a new exhibition center near the airport. Maybe that could be used an indoor venue?
  6. The convention center in Nice is being destroyed and replaced by a smaller venue that can't accomodate sports. It wouldn't make sense to include Nice in a bid centered around the Northern Alps resorts, Paris is closer to get to. You also have a smaller handball arena in Chambéry that could I think host curling, a 4k-seat Ice Hockey venue in Grenoble and the Palais des Sports from the 1968 Olympics there still standing that could really do with a renovation back to its former glory. (Then again, the green party mayors in Grenoble and Lyon would probably want nothing to do with an Olympic bid). A new multipurpose indoor arena is also being built near Annecy for the 2027 Track Cycling championships.
  7. As mentioned before on this thread, Rhône-Alpes Auvergne has all the venues in place to host Winter Olympics, I don't see why Provence Alpe Côte-d'Azur has to be involved, except for political reasons. The ski resorts in the Southern Alps are far from major cities not as well connected as the ones in the North. I feel like any venue being located there would result in the need to spend a lot of money in transit upgrades. Quite unrealistic if you want to present a modern cost-effective concept. Lyon can pretty much host all ice events on its own (or with the help of Chambéry and/or Grenoble). No need to have Marseille and Nice in the mix.
  8. The city is already going to be packed with street events and stadiums in iconic locations... Maybe he should have had this idea a few years ago.
  9. I've known about the decision to move the MPC for months, I feel like it was already up on the Wikipedia page or in an article I read somewhere. Weird that it's only being reported now. This makes sense for journalists who move around the venues all day long since the Palais des Congrès is much closer to central Paris than Le Bourget.
  10. I assume 20h24 will be the start of the televised part of the ceremony. When each boat carrying the athletes will start arriving at the Trocadero. There's no point in following the entire boat parade down the Seine. Maybe broadcasters will have access to a feed of the entire procession they can use as "preshow" program.
  11. This is super early and is going to have implications for major sport events. The Tour de France usually runs for the first three weeks of July for instance, it usually starts in late June when the Olympics start in July but I don't think it can start earlier than that. The Tour and the Olympics are probably going to run concurrently for a least a week. Maybe the LA28 schedule will adapt by having the Cycling road events on the final weekend of the games.
  12. Both events were supposed to be held the same summer anyways, what difference does it make?
  13. Maybe this whole "agenda 2020" thing has gone too far Depending on whether they schedule the events in the morning or the afternoon, surfing could be on during primetime in the U.S.!
  14. Some other news on the venue front: - The Aquatics Center will be semi-temporary. A 15k-seat temporary pool will host the Swimming events; a permanent 50m-pool will host Water Polo; and a permanent diving pool will host Diving. Originally, Water Polo was supposed to be held in a separate venue (Stade Marville), but now Stade Marville will still be renovated and used as a training venue. Obviously this will save money, which is good news in terms of legacy. - Fencing will no longer be held in a temporary arena in Le Bourget (next to Volleyball and Shooting). The temporary arena will instead be built somewhere inside Paris, to avoid paying eviction fees to the current landowners in Le Bourget. - The Media Village will be sightly smaller (1300 units instead of 1500) and the Athletes' Village masterplan has changed to reduce the amount of evictions of current tenants. source: http://www.leparisien.fr/sports/la-piscine-sera-bien-semi-demontable-05-06-2018-7753218.php
  15. It's gonna be fine... Some planned lines that will not serve the future Olympic venues will be downsized/delayed/cancelled to make the cost of the overall project more bearable and that's it. Most of the venues are close to existing transit lines anyways. Obviously this new "super-metro" is supposed to improve service a lot but It looks like the areas where the venues will be are not gonna be the affected ones.
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