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Everything posted by BTHarner

  1. NBC cut that segment out of their broadcast.
  2. I'm sure he would have ways of finding out. The IOC is just like any workplace with its snitches and office politicians.
  3. Thomas Bach, Olympic Champion, Fencing 1976, is a little tyrant who has relegated the members who are not part of his inner circle to the point that their only meaningful duties are the presenting of medals (well in Tokyo, they just get to stand around and watch the athletes present the medals to themselves). This new host selection process takes away their voting duties (of course they get to vote on the chosen city. I will be curious to see if any vote against Brisbane this week, knowing that doing so will result in them becoming pariahs within the Movement). There is no longer any healthy debate on any issues, they just rubber stamp any recommendations that he and his cronies propose. There is little to no democracy in Prince Bachiavelli's world.
  4. I'd feel a lot better if the Japanese government had been a little more aggressive with its vaccine rollout and that the public that is footing the bill for a lot of it would actually get to enjoy it in person. I couldn't stand sports without spectators during the past year with the lack of atmosphere and the lame attempt to liven it up with recorded crowd noise. Frankly, it was depressing and did more to remind me of the situation than make me forget it. That being said, I only have so many Olympics left and I'm not going to skip one just because of this. As far as the Games, I just hope all the IOC pronouncements about a 85% vaccination rate among participants is true and that all these playbooks actually work, just to show that this can be pulled off so we can go forward and plan accordingly.
  5. A dream come true. The thought of the USA hosting a World Cup would have been laughable a decade earlier after the collapse of the North American Soccer League. FIFA was willing to take a chance on some virgin territory and it worked out quite well. The rule changes implemented after Italia 90 made for the most entertaining World Cup in several decades. I was able to attend one match, Saudi Arabia vs Morocco at Giants Stadium, probably the least regarded of the group stage matches and it was simply fantastic. I can't wait to do it again in 2026.
  6. I agree when it is said that none of the recent Games have been a mess, many have had organizational and operational challenges, but they all pulled it off in the end. Tokyo will be a success in both areas, but I fear that all the circumstances, albeit out of their control, will leave an empty feeling once they have concluded. Perhaps, emptiness is a small price to pay in the larger scheme of things.
  7. They added a second volleyball venue because this was when the women's tournament expanded to 12 teams. IIRC Beijing is the only other city to use two volleyball venues. As for the rhythmic gymnastics, and this is coming from my reading at a newspaper archive website, a venue was yet to be determined when the volleyball was relocated at the end of July 1994. The related articles mention UGA hosting the volleyball as well as the soccer semifinals and finals, but made no mention of the rhythmic gymnastics.
  8. Cobb County was slated to host volleyball preliminaries at The Cobb Galleria. The county passed a resolution basically stating that homosexuality was not compatible the the county's values. ACOG then relocated that portion of the volleyball competition to the University of Georgia. Atlanta had its issues (Dick Pound never misses an opportunity to trash it, perhaps his wife being cited for jaywalking might have something to do with it). IBM thought pre-testing the results system was a waste of time. The out-of-town bus drivers lacked to enough training to get familiar with the area (GPS would have helped, but that was a few years off). The unique touch to the parade of nations, having them some down the ramp, was a wonderful idea, but poorly executed. Most notably, the decision to allow people to enter Centennial Park without passing through security is something I still can't wrap my head around. You also had the flea market on steroids outside Centennial Park, which can be pinned on Mayor Campbell and his cronies trying to make a few bucks off the Games, ACOG also contributed to the commercialization gluttony by selling sponsorships for almost every category possible in an attempt to raise the funds necessary to meet their revenue goals, but they did succeed, ending up with a small surplus. Otherwise, these Games were the greatest competitions up to that time. The venues have or had served the city well. Centennial Park are revitalized an area once run-down. Atlanta's misfortune is perhaps amplified by the fact that is came between Barcelona and Sydney, two Games held in the highest of esteem. It was my only in-person Olympic experience, so there is no way I can be objective about it. It was a wonderful time and I met wonderful people. Thank you Olympan2005 for starting this retrospective thread, it's bringing back some wonderful memories.
  9. It's been a fun tournament, with the exception of those sad and uncertain moments after Christian Eriksen's collapse. I never cared for the Pan-European hosting concept, but it might have been for the best to have some distance between the venues. The action on the pitch was scintillating and nerve-wracking with the number of knockout matches requiring extra-time or penalties bearing testament to just how narrow the gap is between these teams. A person with only a passing interest would probably be surprised that Italy and England have only one Euro title between them. Thanks to all the teams and players for giving us a wonderful month of football, a much needed diversion from today's realities. I'm going to hate to see it end.
  10. It's certainly not my place to belittle anybody's concerns, but this is our new reality and it will never completely go away. We can't, however, live in a perpetual state of fear and paralysis. This may go well or it may not. If it goes well, it could broaden our horizons and show the world how to better cope with life as it stands. If we don't try, we might as well cancel the Olympics and other multi-sport events for the foreseeable future.
  11. As I've said elsewhere the recent number of new daily cases in Japan is roughly the same as here in Pennsylvania, and we have a tenth of the population of Japan. I would love to have Japan's percentage and it just seems ridiculous that people want to call this off when I see what is going on here and elsewhere in our country.
  12. Could it be better? Certainly. Still better than London or Sochi. Based on the results, it looks as if I didn't need to stuff the ballot box to keep that other option from winning. Though more colorful, something just looked off about it, Then I actually read what it was supposed to be and I found out it was a video game joystick which would allow all of us to play and that just came off as tacky.
  13. Graham is an idiot, IIRC he wanted to boycott PyeongChang because it was too close to North Korea.
  14. The USOPC will never willingly boycott any Games. They were bludgeoned into it in 1980. The US has been the IOC's sugar daddy for a long time, but China is a threat to that so any boycott based on commercial considerations is absolute nonsense.
  15. It's not often that I get excited about the one year to go to the closing ceremony of an Olympic Games. But, a year from today it will all be over, thankfully.
  16. It annoys me that all these statements from these political types focus solely on the Olympics. I haven't read one comment regarding Paralympic participation nor have I heard any comments out of Asia that attending the Asian Games in Hangzhou is tacit acceptance of the actions of the Chinese government.
  17. Was that from the Washington Post or the New York Post? So hard to tell the difference anymore.
  18. All we are seeing here are bold pronouncements by public figures that only serve to inflate their sense of self-importance. Do they know what boycotts really accomplish? Absolutely nothing. Jimmy Carter gave the Soviets one month to get out of Afghanistan They eventually withdrew...two administrations later and not because of anything of our doing. We heard all this noise in 2008 when delusional people actually thought they could get China to improve their human rights record. They didn't and, by some accounts, they have gotten even worse. They, however. really don't care what anybody thinks and and it is just preposterous for anyone to think they can force the Chinese hand. They can, and will, do as they please and we'll probably see this whole thing repeated in 20 to 30 years, maybe even sooner.
  19. Some people are just totally clueless. And then they actually have the nerve to make public statements which make them look totally moronic.
  20. So, in this instance, it was a case of somebody saying something to somebody who put out a story without doing any research and then press agencies around globe spread the story without doing any research. Modern day journalism, you gotta love it.
  21. Based on the report, they seem to want to do it. But then, the report could just be presenting the opinion of one person, and not the feelings of many.
  22. They meaning the Japanese in general. I don't see many of the Tokyo hierarchy still being in the picture in another decade.
  23. They're talking about a Sapporo bid for the winter games, so they might be in bed with the IOC regardless.
  24. Probably the only realistic scenario. The IOC should offer them the opportunity to host in 2032.
  25. Too bad that Bob Ley was never in a position to be a Olympic primetime host. Just my opinion, but he would have been far better than Jim McKay or Bob Costas.
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