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Everything posted by zekekelso

  1. I don't begin to try and understand the world of British media... but have been spending a decent amount of time tracking Olympic news. Best I can tell, those newpapers with pictures of nekid women have mostly negative coverage; those without the nekid womer are more positive. Not sure why that is. In any case, BY FAR the biggest complaint is that people didn't get enough/any tickets. Think about it.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. While there are no surviving British gold medalists from 1948, there are surviving medalists and participants. All will be over 80 in 2012. Fun article from 2008 about some members of the 1948 British team. http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2008/jul/10/olympicgames.healthandwellbeing I especially like the links to the 1948 newspaper accounts.
  5. 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.
  6. Can someone help me out in understanding the justification for Tom Daley. As far as I can tell, the justifications are - He's 18 - He has a chance of winning some sort of medal in 2012 - He's finished 7th and 8th in a previous Olympics How does that add up to final torch lighter status? His accomplishments are slight. He isn't a "future Olympian," he's a current Olympian - and not head and shoulders more outstanding than other current Olympians. At 18 he's not especially young. At 14, maybe. But 18? Meh. He doesn't "representing" anything... he's a white English guy. No sob story. No overcoming tragedy, etc. Am I missing anything? Other than being 18, is there any reason to consider him? Or is being 18 enough? Side note - one thing I haven't seen suggested is some sort of English/Welsh/Scottish/Irish combo (ala Montreal). Could they put a foursome together?
  7. Daley Thompson is currently tied with Kate Middleton on William Hill's odds. I think you start your choices with Steve Redgrave. 5 gold meals in 5 games. If that doesn't get you the final position what the heck does? Honestly, I don't see how you a pick a Chris Holmes or Chris Hoy ahead of him. The only alternative would be a not-famous-for being an Olympian: - The Queen. - Zara Phillips in her honor should she die before the games. - Roger Bannister (contribution to sport in general, both as athlete and as doctor.)
  8. >> Where the hell would Chicago have had surfing? Lake Michigan??? I think you'll be surprised what a Google of "Surfing Chicago" turns up
  9. 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 statiums. Interesting to contrast the Olympic venues with the generally smaller venues Germany is using for the Women's World Cup. Even if every match doesn't sell out, it's still going to sell, what, 1/4 of all tickets for the games? Had they used smaller venues, they might be sold old already. Don't expect big tweaks to football.. it generates a ton of money for the Olympics with almost no cost.
  10. 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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