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  1. Does anyone know if there is still an actual digital copy of the Vancouver 2010 Bid Books? The ones I had saved were on hard drives that are now gone. I found a scanned copy of the actual bid book but I'm hoping someone has an actual PDF digital copy that they could send me? If they have a link or can email me a copy please let me know. @intoronto do you still have a copy? Thank You.
  2. Hi All, I'm based out of Canada and normally I get a chance to record the coverage of the games but because I've been travelling extensively and generally away from home, I've not had a chance to get any coverage captured at all so I'm really hoping someone here can help me. I'm looking for CBC coverage. What I'm looking for are the Canadian medalists in their entirety with medal ceremonies as well as their interviews at the competition venues as well as the in-studio interviews as well as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, if anyone could possibly help me please direct message me or send me an email at krempfer@hotmail.com. I know the coverage is on-demand on CBC for a time, but that's only for a limited time and I'd like to be able to have a recorded copies of the competition. If anyone could help I'd greatly appreciate it! Thanks! Kyle
  3. Wow, while I'm not altogether surprised, I thought Almaty might just have a shot at it. They're presentation and details were actually far superior to Beijing. Beijing's Olympic Park has been left in a state of disrepair and basically have to start from scratch. I think this is shooting themselves in the foot and going against their own IOC 2020 agenda. Almaty would have had a real chance for implementation of this goal, but sadly now that's not going to happen. The human rights cases in Bejing are appalling, the pollution factor is just downright ghastly. I think in the long run they will pull off the games ok but this just goes to show you that money, arrogance, and influence will win out every time with the IOC, I'm not surprised.
  4. Exactly. It comes down to priorities for the Government of Alberta, and a billion dollar plus multi-sport event is NOT in amongst those priorities. They've staked out a rightward pace especially on fiscal issues. We're also likely heading into a provincial election in the spring and if they were seen as wanting to fund this they really would have taken it on the chin from the opposition when our infrastructure deficit is as bad it is right now. I hope Durban gets it together and presses on, but right now it's not our problem anymore and I'm relieved we won't be pursuing this.
  5. There's nothing that stinks about it. The Provincial Government told the City today that due to falling oil prices and budget constraints that they can no longer feasibly financially support the bid and subsequently the games if Edmonton was the successful bidder. Edmonton can't afford to do it on it's own and there isn't enough time to find another backer before bids are due next month. City Council subsequently voted unanimously to kill the bid and instead focus on 2026. That being said a lot can happen between now and 2019. Alberta's government is dependent (far too much so) on resources revenues so they need prices to be high to be able to afford prices like this. With prices hovering just above $50 US, government coffers are losing billions on lost revenues. It's just not a financially feasible option and financially responsible to try and pursue this. We have badly overcrowded schools, hospitals are literally crumbling and roads need to be repaired and bridges need to be built. Edmonton can't afford it right now and this is the right thing to do.
  6. This JUST in from the Edmonton Journal: Sources say the 2022 Edmonton Commonwealth Games Bid is dead and organizers are going to soon announce that they're pulling the plug. YES!!!! I'm so thrilled. This is the last thing that the city can afford right now that money they would have spent can be put to better use on badly needed infrastructure.
  7. I went through the same thing with Vancouver. I applied for a whole boat load of tickets (multiple curling medal games, hockey medal games, figure skating finals) and only ended up getting the bronze medal curling game for the women officially. I had to go through a ticket broker and pay an insane amount of money above the asking price... but would I do it all over again? In a second! I'm glad to hear that Brazilians are embracing these games and going for the tickets. I just hope the tickets that go to the so called "Olympic Family" aren't wasted. This is a once and a lifetime chance for a Brazilians to see a games at home. I would love to go myself but I'm planning for New Zealand in 2016, the World Cup was well done, and I'm sure these will be a solid games. There's still not a moment to lose but it looks like things are coming together!
  8. I take it back, I've read over Beijing's bid book more thoroughly and when I look at it, I think Beijing probably does have a more solid bid. They've obviously got venues that they can use from 2008 and will ensure that everything runs smoothly. This is not to say Almaty wouldn't do well, but I think it's just a better and safer overall choice. Not exactly what I would call a ringing endorsement.
  9. Durban 2022 had better get it's act together and get it together right now. Alberta is heading towards recession before the end of the year. The last thing that this city should be on the hook for is a massive multi-sports event that we simply can not afford. Our provincial government loses $200 MILLION in revenue every time the price of oil goes down a single dollar. Bottom line is that will have a massive hole in our government budget and the province simply wouldn't be in a place to help pay for it. Not when it comes to critical infrastructure projects that we have on the go. We don't need it and we can't afford it.
  10. That's kind of how I felt about Pyeongchang 2018 and Tokyo and Istanbul for 2020. I'm one who craves details and venue renders, not just of the outside but of the inside and an actual vision of what the games will look like, so when I saw those bid books, I was hugely disappointed when there was hardly any details, just aerial shots of the indoor venues. They really just kind of coasted and didn't care. I thought they were of very poor quality. Of course it doesn't mean that they won't put on a decent Olympics and all the actual venues usually end up looking totally different, but still, I'm someone who likes to see what kind of vision and ideas they have and when they don't do that, it kind of is a big let down.
  11. Beijing has the experience of hosting the much larger scale Summer Olympic Games and they have hosted Grand Prix Figure Skating for years as well as the 2014 Men's World Curling Championships, so to say they are without experience hosting winter events is incorrect, they do. There's no doubt in my mind that assuming they win this bid, that they'll work to put on a decent Winter Olympic Games. That being said though, they're not without their problems, they've got to come up with solution to fix their pollution problem, not just temporarily, but they've got to find ways to fix it permanently. The 200 KM distance between Beijing and Zhangjiakou is a bit much (even with the new high speed rail they would build) and they clearly have a legacy issue from Beijing, that being said though they are tried and tested. Almaty though does at least have a bit of experience with the Asian Winter Games from 2011 and they'll be hosting the 2017 Universiade, so it's not like they have zero experience. They have a solid venue plan and it's a hell of a lot more compact than the Beijing bid. Again though, major smog issues in Almaty, Human Rights issues and run by a dictator, both are not without their detractors but I think either one of this point is your damned if you do and damned if you don't. Beijing probably still wins this in a runaway, but Almaty is going to at least make them work for it.
  12. Haha! It's a decent bid book. Not the best one I've ever seen but certainly better than anything Pyeongchang has ever put out. I still think Sochi's 2014 bid book is my all time favourite winter bid book with London 2012, NYC 2012 and Paris 2012 being my favourite winter bid books! That said Beijing certainly didn't hurt themselves with this file, but I also don't think they really did anything to enhance themselves. I'm actually kind of preferential to Almaty's file because it's just a solid overall bid, but that being said, I think the IOC is going to go with the devil they know. Oops, meant to say London, Paris and NYC as my favourite summer bid books!
  13. Fair point, but it all sounds fairly risky to me, Quebec isn't really in a financial situation right now or for the foreseeable future to be able to financially afford hosting the Olympics. Getting back on topic now though back to bid books, has anyone else seen any other recent candidate cities anywhere? I haven't seen San Juan anywhere or Lille! If I do though I'll let you know!
  14. Beijing has released their candidature file on their English website. http://www.beijing-2022.cn/a/20150112/046255.htm In reviewing it this morning, it's not a bad book. Does a solid job in explaining itself and its venues, but it almost feels like they're coasting a little bit. I'm not saying they don't have reason to and it's almost certainly going to be a overwhelming win but something is lacking. Overall a solid effort though.
  15. Well given what was going on behind the scenes - Quebec or any other city was never going to be considered, that being said even if the bid process WAS totally fair, Quebec wouldn't have won anyways. Sion and Ostersund would have been far better choices and actually had mountains that would have been capable of hosting Alpine events. That optimism that people in Quebec had was greatly misplaced. It's never going to host a Winter Games.
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