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  1. Both events were supposed to be held the same summer anyways, what difference does it make?
  2. 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.!
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. I actually think Lyon is France's best shot at Winter Olympics. However, I don't think Grenobe is the best area for mountain venues. It's infrastructure is lacking compared to Savoie. Grenoble has a train station but it's still far from the different resorts for example. And these resorts are not ready to host international events, so it would require a lot of work. It's feasible, but I think Savoie is more practical. The venues used for Albertville are still here, and could be reused. However, that valley (Tarentaise) is very narrow and urbanized, and I actually don't think there is any space left to build an Olympic Village and a Media Centre... The Maurienne area, however, could handle it. The new Lyon-Turin high train link should be open by 2025, and it goes through the Maurienne valley. To reach St-Jean-de-Maurienne by train from Lyon would then only take 1h30. From there, there are several mountain resorts around 15 minutes away. They could still use La Plagne for Bobsleigh/Luge/Skeleton, even though it's quite far from Lyon or Saint-Jean, and maybe even Courchevel for Ski Jumping. Regarding the arenas in the city of Lyon, I think the new ASVEL Arena could host Ice Hockey, the Palais des Sports (around 5,000 seats) could host Curling. However, Halle Tony Garnier is too narrow to host speed skating (84 meters when the oval itself is 70-meter wide, I feel like it's not enough if you have to include seating and concourses around it). However it could be the secondary hockey venue, with 6,000 temporary seats. Figure Skating could be hosted inside one of Eurexpo's halls. And they could build the speed skating oval next to it, so that it could be converted into an exhibition hall after the games. Eurexpo could host the IBC/MPC. Stade de Gerland should host the ceremonies. Winter Olympics are in the middle of the football season and i don't think OL (which owns the new Parc OL) would want to give their stadium away for a month. Gerland also has the advantage of being inside the city and next to several other venues and the Confluence area (where the Olympic Village could be located).
  6. Grisons/Graub√ľnden just voted against a 2026 bid. That bid had been in shambles since Zurich refused to support it anyways, but that now leaves Sion (Valais) as the only Swiss candidate left. Too bad Geneva isn't part of that bid, because it would make it much easier for them (Geneva has most of the venues for ice sports in place + a large stadium and an international airport)
  7. The 2024 village site is indeed prime real estate. The new metro station there will be the most important one for the new Grand Paris Express project. It is poised to become an important transportation and business hub in the coming decades.
  8. IOC requirements ask for a bigger venue for Basketball than for Handball so that's probably why. The 2012 village site has been developed since losing the bid. It has become a new neighborhood with a park and the new courthouse building is under construction there:
  9. I don't know if the subject has already been covered in this thread or not but... I was watching parts of the 1984 opening ceremony and wondering at what time it started. It was broad daylight at the start and twilight at the end of it. This would mean that it took place during the late afternoon in order to air in the prime time hours on the East Coast (assuming it was shown live on ABC? I can't find any information online). I'm just wondering whether a LA Olympics in 2024 would mean the return of daylight ceremonies given that these huge events in the US are always scheduled with East Coast viewers in mind...
  10. MIlan would have made more sense than Rome for 2024... They could have used the Expo 2015 site to build the Olympic Village and built a new stadium that would have become the home of Inter or Milan AC (whichever wants out of San Siro)
  11. How many studios/sets does NBC have in Rio? Apparently they have one on Copcabana Beach for daytime and late night. I guess they have some studios in the IBC for primetime and NBCSN (?) But I just saw Al Michaels introduce the daytime coverage on NBC live from a mountain facing Corcovado... Does someone know how is it gonna play out?
  12. The bid book is online http://paris2024.org/medias/presse/paris_2024_candidature_file_part_1.pdf
  13. If they use the stadium, it's going to be for Football and maybe Ceremonies. LA has enough arenas available for indoor sports.
  14. Clearly fake, The few details released by the bid show temporary arenas being built next to the IBC/MPC, and these are not on that list.
  15. Looks like they are planning to build at least 1 permanent and 4 temporary new arenas for indoor sports
  16. The proposed media centre in Le Bourget (with what looks like two indoor arenas in the foreground?)
  17. Pleyel/L'Ile-Saint-Denis is officially chosen as the site of the olympic village!
  18. What it could look like in games mode: (the yellow areas are the athletes' housing, in blue is the Cité du Cinema, which would be used as a restaurant, in brown is the transport hub) I'm not sure how the IOC will receive the idea of an olympic village split in two with the Seine in the middle...
  19. As mr.bernham said, the plan to revitalize Paris already exists, it's the "Grand Paris". The Olympic bid serves as sort of a catalyst for the different urban renewal projects and the new metro lines.
  20. Not more than London when they staged Beach Volleyball at Horse Guards' Parade, Beijing when they had cycling at the Great Wall or Athens when they had Archery at the Panathenaic Stadium... We don't know much about the Paris plan yet, maybe a lot of venues are already planned to be built near La Courneuve. Having too many venues in the same area can create logistical problems too.
  21. More info regarding the venue plan (not official yet but reported in the press): - Le Bourget, in the North of Paris, halfway between the city and CDG airport, will get the Media Centre and the Media Village. The Le Bourget exhibition centre is also the venue of the United Nations Climate Change Conference next month. It is located next to the most important airport in Europe for private jets. - The Aquatics Centre will be located between Saint-Denis and Aubervilliers. Not really a surprise here: it is the same location as in the Paris 2012 bid book. The only difference is that this time a second pool, for Water Polo, will be planned in La Courneuve (between Saint-Denis and Le Bourget). A press conference with the presentation of the main elements of the bid will take place on Thursday.
  22. I think the cycling events were considered to take place on the plaza in front of the castle. It's quite far from where they want to set up he Equestrian venue (at the back of the gardens). Each venue will even be reached by a different train station, on a different branch of the RER C line
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