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  1. Some good news from Oslo, Norway. In the past weeks both our minister of Culture, Thorild Widvey and her newly appointed secretary have publicly announced their support for the bid and an Oslo Olympics in 2022. Ministre of Culture, Thorhild Widvey: http://www.vg.no/sport/ol-2022/widvey-staar-fram-som-ol-entusiast/a/10123413/ "A huge part of the norwegian volunteer foundation is still based on the enthusiasm from Olympic winter games at Lillehammer in 1994. In orther to maintain a constant flow of volunteers we need a large project in order to mobilize a new generation of volunteers. The Olympics will need 20 000 - 25 000 volunteers. This could create a new wave which is important since the volunteers builds and holds up the norwegian society." Her secretary, Bjørgulv Vinje Borgundvaag http://www.idrett.no/nyheter/Sider/OL-i-Norge-i-Tjue-Tjue-To.aspx He has written a song in favour of the Olympics.
  2. Oslo plans to build to refurbish the central railway station and build a new bus terminal over the tracks. To be completed in between 2017-2019 New main bus terminal
  3. Very solid application file. Love the layout and the fact that this bid has huge public support in Poland. As a citizen of Oslo I of course want the games to take place in Norway, but as a half pole (my mother is polish) I really hope that Krakow takes this if Oslo backs out from the race..
  4. The bid video is back! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=226933867508357&set=vb.130024730532605&type=2&theater
  5. Love the colour combination of the logo, very traditional
  6. Krakow´s application file will be available on http://krakow2022.org/pl for the general public in one week time on monday 24. march Bonus: Explanation of Krakow 2022s logo: The centre (yellow square): Krakow´s old town market square Rest of the logo: Parzenica, old ident and symbol of the polish highlanders (folklore)
  7. Oslo 2022 application and photographic files. Application file http://www.oslo2022.oslo.kommune.no/getfile.php/Oslo2022/Internett%28O22%29/Dokumenter/CAP/Oslo2022_Application_File.pdf Photographic file http://www.oslo2022.oslo.kommune.no/getfile.php/Oslo2022/Internett%28O22%29/Dokumenter/CAP/Oslo_2022_photographic_file.pdf
  8. No 10 000 seats stadium is planned for use after the games. The Ice hockey venue (10 000) will be transformed to this:
  9. The "application file" will be available for download on this page monday 17.march 09:00: http://www.oslo2022.oslo.kommune.no/cap
  10. Or they simply scrap Ullevål and go for Bjerke Stadium with a temporary solution instead.
  11. Wisla Stadium: Venue for the opening and closing cermonies. Current capacity: 33 300 spectators And for the cauldron... (Wawel Dragon)
  12. Oslo 2022 has been allowed by the IOC to publish the IOC-manual (7000 pages of demands and requirements) http://www.oslo2022.oslo.kommune.no/soknad_om_statstilskudd_og_statsgaranti/
  13. Correct version (Holmenkollen was misplaced in the previous one) of the venue plan in Oslo (including paralympic venues)
  14. The official information booklet which was handed out to IOC-members and the press during the games in Sochi http://www.oslo2022.oslo.kommune.no/getfile.php/Oslo2022/Internett%28O22%29/Dokumenter/Oslo2022%20information.pdf
  15. Sports illustrated Citizens of Norway, please support Oslo's bid for 2022 Winter Olympics http://olympics.si.com/olympics/2014/02/21/sochi-olympics-open-letter-norway-oslo SOCHI -- Dear Citizens of Norway, I don’t need to tell you that your capital, Oslo, is bidding for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Or that, according to pre-Sochi polling, some 55 percent of you don’t want them. Or at least a majority of you doesn’t want your government to approve a relatively modest financial guarantee of $5.4 billion, less than one-ninth the cost of the Sochi Olympics, which the IOC would need to give Oslo the Olympics. And that means we have a problem, you and I. Because the world desperately wants you -- needs for you -- to change your mind. The last Winter Olympics you hosted, in Lillehammer in 1994, charmed us. Atmospheric flurries fell on an Opening Ceremony that featured a torchbearer who flew off the ski jump. Two weeks of clear, windless weather followed. As if on cue, light snow returned just as the closing ceremonies began. And you supplied an unmatched atmosphere throughout, with tens of thousands of you camping out overnight along the cross-country course to wave flags and rattle cowbells as Bjorn Daehlie skied to his gold medals. If your concern is that an Oslo Olympics would be too big and costly, don’t let the current Winter Games mislead you. Sochi is an anomaly, its $51 billion price tag the result of building an Olympics from scratch in a country with a culture of corruption totally alien to you. Because more than half of Oslo’s envisioned venues already exist, bid organizers peg the cost at only $3.4 billion in public funds, and another $2 billion to be raised privately. Yes, the Winter Olympics have grown bigger than a town like Lillehammer, with its population of 22,000, could accommodate today. But that’s why Oslo 2022 CEO Eli Grimsby insists that Oslo 2022 would not be “Lillehammer II.” And Oslo is, in its way, perfect for a Winter Games in the 21st century -- a major international city with ethnic diversity, urban parkland and reliable winter weather. If you’re not sold on the virtues of your own capital, consider what, if you were to decline, we’d be condemned to. Now that Munich, Stockholm and St. Moritz have dropped out, the other candidates are Beijing, Krakow, Lviv and Almaty. If there’s snow and ice anywhere near Beijing, you couldn’t see it through the haze. Besides, we just had a Summer Games there in 2008—and if China were slotted in after Pyeongchang (2018) and Tokyo (2020), that would make for three straight Olympics in Asia. Krakow? Love Krakow. Great town square. A UNESCO World Heritage town square, no less. Krakow 2022: Best Medals Plaza Ever! And if Winter Olympic events were staged in potato fields, the Polish bid would get a spot on my list. But for a mountain large enough for the downhill, organizers propose going to Slovakia, which is another country altogether. Joint bids are heavy organizational lifts that, fortunately, the IOC frowns upon. The candidacy of Lviv suffered this week from the Ukrainian government’s deadly crackdown on demonstrators in Kiev, which led many athletes to leave Sochi early. Given the grief the IOC got over its decision to award these Olympics to Vladimir Putin’s Russia, the world would groan if the Winter Games were handed to another democracy-flouting country on the Black Sea. And then there’s Almaty. Worldly though you Norwegians are, you may be forgiven for not knowing that Almaty is in Kazakhstan. Almaty used to be the capital, but in 1997 lost that status to Astana. So it is now the demoted capital of Kazakhstan. And there’s the lace-panties issue. Just last week, 30 women were arrested after taking to the streets of Almaty with lace panties pulled over their heads to protest a ban on the importation of same. (It had to do with—I’m not making this up—the inability of lace panties to absorb moisture at government-mandated levels for underwear.) No, Norway, you would not want a sequel to Borat on your conscience. Seriously: In the end, it’s not about your inferior competition. It’s about you -- and we love you. We love you for your humility, for the way biathlete Ole-Einar Bjoerndalen essentially apologized this week for surpassing the all-time Winter Olympics medal record of his countryman, Daehlie. We love you for your frugality. In Lillehammer you wound up with a $70 million surplus, and an Oslo Olympics could once again model thrift for the world. Much of those $2 billion in private funds would build a media village, which could be repurposed post-Olympics to help house the fastest growing population of any capital in Europe. (I can assure you that we journalists don’t need luxurious accommodations -- though after Sochi, a shower curtain in the bathroom would be nice.) We love you for your common sense. Like municipalities all over the world, your cities and towns have lately gone through brutal rounds of budget cutting, and that explains the skepticism of many of you. But a well-organized Games would goose everything from grassroots sports participation and the arts, to volunteerism and multicultural cohesion, no small thing in Oslo, which has an immigrant population that includes 150 nationalities. As Grimsby says, “It’s easier to find the price of the bid than the value in it.” We love you for your compassion. You’re the people who quoted Robert Frost over the p.a. to U.S. speedskater Dan Jansen after he won his gold medal in Lillehammer. You’re the people who sent 13 tons of sports equipment to Eritrea with Jansen’s rival, multiple medalist and Right to Play founder Johann Olav Koss, after the Lillehammer Games ended. You’re the people who gave Bill Koch of the U.S., the cross-country skier with that newfangled skating technique, all kinds of guff when he competed during the Eighties -- and then flew him to Oslo in the Nineties so a dozen of your former skiers, from several generations, could apologize to him, each handing him a single red rose on live TV. We love you for the way you honor tradition, but aren’t afraid to freshen it up. The Nordic center in the suburb of Holmenkollen remains a monument to Oslo’s role as host of the 1952 Winter Olympics, but now with a dazzling new ski jump, built for the 2011 World Championships you so ably hosted. And an Oslo Olympics would, for old time’s sake, even have a little Lillehammer thrown in, with bobsled, luge and skeleton going off on the ice run at Hunderfossen, the slalom taking place at Hafjell, and the downhill at Kvitfjell, where Alberto Tomba won his last Olympic medal. Rail lines and highways, improved since 1994, and a new airport north of Oslo, would put Lillehammer within two hours of the capital, which is nothing by Turin and Vancouver standards. We love how you value youth. So consider an Oslo Olympics a gift to your compatriots now in high school, who support the Games by a two-to-one margin; and for the city’s elementary schoolchildren, nearly half of whom speak a language other than Norwegian at home, and for whom a domestic Olympics would be a global festival of affirmation. And if you’re elderly, follow the lead of former Oslo mayor Per-Ditlev Simonsen, who vows to serve as an Olympic volunteer because in 2022 he’ll only be 90. And it’s not just kids you love. You love dogs, too -- no small consideration after Sochi, where they were put down, and Pyeongchang, where they’ll show up on menus. (Old joke: In Korea, they say “It’s raining cats and appetizers.”) Opposition to Oslo’s bid is strongest among those of you up north, where the 2018 candidacy of Tromso wasn’t even put forward by your national Olympic committee and hard feelings persist. But to withhold support from a Norwegian candidacy because of some sectional rivalry would be unworthy of you. The northernmost among you are Norway’s hardiest citizens, and most likely to embrace friluftsliv, the healthy, outdoors lifestyle that helps account for your sitting atop the all-time Winter Olympic medals table, with 324 as of Friday. I understand too that some of you, especially beyond Oslo, have an issue with 2022 tub-thumper Gerhard Heiberg, the grandee who ran the Lillehammer Games and now sits on the IOC. You don’t like the IOC’s undemocratic culture and take it out on Heiberg, whom you find a bit snooty. Even if he looks like he chooses his clothes from the closet of the guy who used to be married to Diana Ross, there’s no need to punish the rest of us. This is bigger than that, and deadlines are sneaking up on you. By July the IOC will have trimmed its list down to three, and by the end of the year your parliament will have to approve that financial guarantee. The final verdict from the IOC comes in July 2015. I’ve heard about the origins of your tradition of idraet, the principle of “sport in service of nation,” that has made humble servant-champions of your skiers and skaters and biathletes, and even of your loudly-trousered male curlers. All I’m asking for is an inversion of idraet: “nation in service of sport.” So don’t let the rest of the world down. Embrace your destiny. And take courage in knowing that the toughest thing about an Oslo Olympics would likely be choosing among Koss, Daehlie and Bjoerndalen for the honor of lighting the cauldron. The Lords of the Rings couldn’t possibly want to give the Games to anyone else. Please don’t force them to. Sincerely, Alexander Wolff
  16. I remind that this is the Oslo 2022 thread. You can discuss Krakow´s bid and the other bids in the Krakow 2022, Almaty 2022. Lviv 2022 and Beijing 2022 threads
  17. Oslo 2022: The true games in the city More than 80 percent of all the events in Oslo within 10 km from the olympic village. Including all the following events: Ice Hockey, figure skating, short-track, speed skating, curling, biathlon, cross-country skiing, ski juming, nordic combined, all snowboard events and all freestyle skiing events. The rest: Lillehammer region: Alpine skiing and Bobsleigh, luge and skeleton.
  18. Planned cross-country and biathlon tracks in Zakopane
  19. The IOC president on the Oslo bid: - "Will take us back to the roots" http://www.nrk.no/sport/ioc-presidenten-positiv-til-oslo-ol-1.11539416 IOC president Thomas Bach is positive towards the Oslo´s olympic bid and asks Norwegians to remember Lillehammer 1994 when they will decide whether they want the Winter Games again. - "Norway's candidacy takes us back to the roots, with the enthusiasm and the love you have for the sport, as well as the excellent organization, said Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)." The winter olympics this year takes place in controversial Sochi and in 2018 he South Korean Pyongchang will host the Games. Thus, the last two Winter Games before 2022 are far away from the "roots" Bach talking about. An application from Oslo for the games in 2022 is thus extra alluring for the IOC. - "There will be strong competition to host the Winter Olympics in 2022. The combination of what Oslo can offer is great, so I'm sure they are a strong competitor", he said. - People should remember Lillehammer NRK fresh Olympic poll shows namely a continued majority against hosting the games. 55 percent of respondents answered no to Oslo Olympics in the survey, which was conducted in January / February. - People have always concerns when looking several years into the future, as here when talking about the eight years of the Games will be held, says Bach. - It is important to explain, communicate and convince people about the benefits of hosting the Olympics. Lillehammer is a good example. - "People should remember Lillehammer. Norway must not forget that they have every reason to be proud of the great success in 1994", continues IOC President. - If Norway applies, will they win? - "I can not answer. This is a democratic choice. But I'm sure if the Norwegian people really want to organize the Olympic Games, they have a glorious chance to make it", responds Bach. Four challengers In this case, Norway must outperform the other four applicant cities: Almaty (Kazakhstan), Beijing (China), Krakow (Poland) and Lviv (Ukraine). Previously, Munich (Germany) and Stockholm (Sweden) resigned from bidding. - "We look forward to being able to choose from five very good candidates. Therefore, I am confident that we have enough in 2022 for a brilliant Olympics", says Bach. Ed Hula, editor in the olympic Journal "Around The Rings", says Norway is emerging as the best candidate. - The main advantage of Norway bid is the experience and winter sports heritage. After Sochi and Pyeongchang the Olympic games need more spectators and enthusiasm from the local population, said Hula to NRK.no few days ago. Bach It may, according to IOC President Bach get the other applicant cities to realize that they have little to set up. - "Be happy you have few competitors. Maybe the other candidates look at the situation in Norway and think that Norway is a strong candidate that it becomes difficult for them to win," says Bach.
  20. International press release: Norwegian Sports federation about the Oslo 2022 Olympic Winter bid presentation in Sochi http://www.idrett.no/nyheter/Sider/Internasjonal-pressemelding-fra-Norges-idrettsforbund-.aspx Oslo´s application to host the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games was presented at a media briefing at the international media centre in Sochi on Monday February 10th 2014. President of the Oslo bid committee, Mr Stian Berger RØSLAND, Governing Mayor of Oslo, and Oslo bid committee member, Mr Inge ANDERSEN, Secretary General of the Norwegian Olympic Committee presented on behalf of the Oslo bid committee. Also speaking at the briefing were Mr Gerhard HEIBERG, IOC member in Norway, Mrs. Eli GRIMSBY, CEO of Oslo2022, and Mr Bjørn DÆHLIE, skiing legend and multiple Olympic Champion. - First and foremost I believe Oslo 2022 will be a great experience for the athletes. We have a strong passion for winter sports in Norway, and I would like the athletes of the world to share that experience. We want to make Games that inspire a new generation of athletes, Dæhlie commented at the press briefing. GAMES CONCEPT Oslo´s Games concept takes the entire city into use, partly in existing, and partly in new facilities. The Games plan is complete by hosting the alpine skiing, and bob, luge and skeleton events in the Lillehammer area, known from the highly acclaimed Games of 1994. The main athletes village is situated in Oslo, and a second village in Lillehammer. Oslo´s plan rests on three core value pairs, representing the duality of Norwegian culture: Ambitious and generous; urban and natural; playful and responsible. - Oslo is small enough to offer intense moments - in an intimate metropolis. The Games will take place in the city itself, taking the entire city into use. This will give the athletes, the media and every visitor the sense of sharing the excitement with many, offering intense personal moments of passion, commented Stian Berger Røsland, Governing Mayor of Oslo and President of the Bid Committee. - Our Games concept is also about sustainability and long-term qualities of the city. The athletes and media villages will require us to build a completely new urban district. Our ambition is to promote innovation in how we shape the physical framework for life cities, commented Eli Grimsby, CEO of Oslo2022. GAMES FOR SPORT - Sport is the largest common area of interest in Norway. Sport, and in particular winter sport, is found everywhere, in every family, in every local community, in every walk of life. The Norwegian sports movement represents more than 2 million memberships, 12 000 sport clubs and 54 sports federations. More than 90 per cent voted in favor of the bid for the 2022 at our general assembly, commented Mr. Inge Andersen, Secretary General of the Norwegian Olympic Committee. OSLO 2022 Oslo is the capital of Norway with 600 000 inhabitants. Its Olympic Games plan has been under development since early 2012, and the City Council made its decision (52 -7) to apply in a vote in June 2013. The application is subject to national government guarantees, to be put before parliament during 2014. A government feasibility study has approved Games plan and budget in December 2013. The budget for Games expenditure and public investments represent a total of USD 3,4 billion (NOK 21,7 billion).
  21. But Oslo does have the infrastructure ready (public transit). Red: Metro Yellow: Trams Grey: Railway
  22. The official bid website has been updated. http://www.ol22.no/en/
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