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Everything posted by zekekelso

  1. Al, Don't forget the near-criminal exchange rate Cosport uses to jack up their margin far above what is officially allowed. And don't get me started on the fees. Anyway, if you have the contact info for how to complain to at the USOC, I'd love to have it. I've hated Cosport since they showed up. Would love to know where to vent. PS - If you happen to have ended up with an extra tennis ticket you don't want....
  2. Cosport is the #1 example that the Olympics are still full of corruption. It's bad enough they are allowed to have huge markups on tickets (something to keep in mind every time the Olympics claim they want to eliminate scalpers... they just want to eliminate the competition from their own scalpers.) But if they are going to force us to go through a scalper to get tickets, can we at least get a competent scalper? Cosport is the most inept ticket seller on earth as far as I can tell. Their *job* is to run ticket sales. They can't do it. Other than making their buddy Sead Dizdarevic extremely ri
  3. Cosport is announcing some sort of ticket sales upcoming for Canada and the US next week. Austria, Sweden, Norway Bugaria on December 15th. Not sure what tickets will be available...
  4. >> president of greek national olympic comittee Spyros Capralos, said that Istanbul is also "their" candidate city for 2020 race. Is that a surprise? Forgive me for not being up on Turkish/Greek relations, but I thought you guys didn't like each other and there was still a ton of conflict between the two countries. Or are things better these days?
  5. Is he corrupt? Self-important? Indiffernt to the negative consequences of the IOC demands on a host country?? Shouldn't we at least wait to see how the London games come off before awarding him Gold Orders?
  6. Most Olympic sports fall into that category. One nice thing about swimming is that it's "first across the line wins".
  7. There are always more tickets. Cosport will have another round at some point. You will probably have access to the buyer-to-buyer sales network LOCOG will set up. Worst case, there will be scalpers. As far as accomidations, post tourists haven't even begun to find places to stay. If you want to go, choose to go and make it happen.
  8. Speaking from a purely selfish standpoint: North Korea has nuclear weapons, a huge army and a paranoid madman for a ruler. I would be much happier as an Olympic tourist if there were an active participant in the games, rather than them being bitter, angry boycotters.
  9. Two observations from prior Olympics: - There are always more tickets later. Demand seems extremly high for London 2012, so I expect fewer tickets to come up than usual. But there will be something - You want to balance seeing events in person with enjoying the host city and Olympic experience. When in doubt, get fewer tickets rather than more.
  10. >> Where the hell would Chicago have had surfing? Lake Michigan??? I think you'll be surprised what a Google of "Surfing Chicago" turns up
  11. Where's the vote for "no new sports." IOC will probably add stuff just because they like to add stuff... but I don't see anything on the horizon that is worthy. Maybe some sort of MMA, but I don't see how you get an Olympic sport out of that. Unless you combine all the current grapling sports into one category >> Football also needs sorting - it's no surprise it's struggled most to sell tickets for 2012 with it being a minor event, of no interest to either Olympic fans or football fans, in big stadia It's struggled to sell tickets because they got greedy and put the matches in large s
  12. I'm no expert, but I have no security worries about Sochi. It will be locked down tight to deal with terrorist risk... and it's not like the Georgian governement will be launching an attack. Corruption, red-tape, visa-hell and outright hotsility to foreign tourists might keep me away from Sochi. But not security risks. PyeongChang may have a mad-mad controlling nuclear missles 100 miles away (talk about a security ris!.) But at least they seem to want us.
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