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  1. Japan has an incredibly rich culture of tradition and technology - I highly doubt their ceremonies will be dull. They certainly wont need to bow to American tastes.
  2. However a future Olympics in the USA will happen, it is just a question of when. So many other countries are eager to host the games, so why would they want to return the games to the USA so soon. it would show the IOC has a bias to the US - and in recent voting results for USA bids to host the games shows it obviously doesnt. considering the next SOG will be held in the America's, i imagine it might be in the 2030's or 2040's when we will see the games back in the USA. not sure if this has been posted before, but this is an interesting article about the above: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-12/return-of-olympics-to-u-s-hangs-on-a-risky-deal.html
  3. 'exceptional' being the 'exception' of being the 'BEST'. Juan said it all really.
  4. I think the IOC would have opted to leave SLC - especially after the bribery scandal
  5. I worked for SOCOG and during that time we were briefed many times about how to avoid an 'Atlanta' situation. SLC were a fantastic success and i believe they would have redeemed faith in the USA if the bribery scandal hadnt been a tarnish. i really would love to see the games again in the USA soon - i feel the GFC has changed many aspects about the US culture and the people there really want the games again and need the games again to restore a fundemental human faith. yeah, like in 2020/2022... and actually, 2024 might be a little too soon. my guess would be 2028/2030/2032
  6. i believe the US will host the 2024/2028 games. I hope they try with Chicago/NYC/Miami. the timeline shows they dont like the Olympic games to venture too far from America or Europe for too long.
  7. The USA has presented its greatest cities to the IOC for consideration to host the Olympics - NYC and Chicago would truely host amazing Olympics. But the IOC do not seem to want the Olympics in the USA anytime soon. 1976: America 1980: Europe 1984: America 1988: Asia 1992: Europe 1996: America 2000: Oceania 2004: Europe 2008: Asia 2012: Europe 2016: America 2020:?????
  8. the only classy thing about the whole Atlanta games experience were the IOC members who kept a dignified silence when bribed during the bid process to hold the games in Atlanta. There were many many many things that went wrong in Atlanta - and the IOC saw these dangers during the games and have made sure they were never repeated. the biggest issue was the lack of a overseeing government body that had the power to properly coordinate all the consultants... Atlanta pretty much privatised everything: an example is the how the IBM (a consultant) designed software could not cope when the atheletes checked into the village causing the whole operation to crumble and delay.... the whole process was not tested, nor was it required to be tested... so there was no responsible body to make sure it worked... and this happened over and over in Atlanta. this spooked the IOC who now demands organising committees take the Sydney model of a government backed organising committee. Atlanta was a mistake the IOC would like to forget. USA is an amazing country and more than capable to organise awesome games (LA1984)... but Atlanta got the Olympics so so so wrong. It will take time for the IOC to trust the US again.
  9. this is not correct. Samarch did use the line again to describe the Sydney games. And in regards to logos: the Atlanta logo is rather 'boring': perhaps a reflection of the host city, its landscape and a premoniotion of its ceremonies. nothing 'wow' about them. the logos of EVERY other Olympic City have tried to instil a sense of culture... Atlanta's is just nothing. it is arrogant.
  10. An army of German discus throwers should dismantle it.
  11. How do you think they will extinguish the cauldron? Will it be broken up into petals again... Or Just turned off?
  12. Plenty of spoilers here: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/olympics/4480265/Games-finale-stars-the-Spice-Girlson-top-of-black-cabs.html
  13. The NYC 2012 logo had the twin towers on it. that is all.
  14. Why did Rio decide to not host the opening ceremony in the athletics stadium?
  15. This cauldron is a wonderful reflection of British restraint an elegance. You can tell a lot about a nation by ts cauldron design.
  16. awesome - then we can see all the athletics played out infront of the cauldron. its going to look great.
  17. when does athletics officially start in the Stadium - tomorrow or the weekend?
  18. That's awesome. A bit different. It opens up the possibility of other summer venues being used for ceremonies in he future: imagine a water spectacular at the rowing venue or the aquatic venue!
  19. so, how many times in the past 50 years of Summer Olympics has the Cauldron been only visible to those within the athletics stadium? Seoul ? Montreal ? I have no trouble this... burning all that fuel seems like a waste... im glad London has down sized it. Rio is going to be interesting because for the first time in Summer Olympic history, the ceremonies will not be held in the athletics stadium, but rather a stadium just for the ceremonies (it is, however an athletics stadium...just not the one they are going to use for the Olympics).
  20. well, they certainly delivered the "unexpected".
  21. I agree - with the man who gave us the flaming arrow and Sydney waterfall lighting on your team, you are in great hands. Can't wait!
  22. Yes, it w I'll be moved to either where the Tor is or where the bell is.
  23. They have covered up the centre circle. Looks like the cauldron will be beneath it.
  24. The host of he Australian commentary made mention that the copper vessels being held by the child to the right of the flag bearer will be part of the cauldron
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