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  1. Most underrated opening/closing: Vancouver 2010. Enough said.
  2. You guys don't realize that Canada has been chosen to host the 2015 Women's World Cup? Are you guys blind or deaf or something (or both blind and deaf)?
  3. On a bit of a different note, what will the countdown be like? Beijing used drummers, London popped balloons, and Rio...? Well, it depends on who you ask, I guess. Oh yeah...and who do you think is gonna light the torch? What will the torck look like? What is my name? Where am I? AUUUGH!! TOO MANY QUESTIONS IN MY HEAD RIGHT NOW!!!
  4. ^By that, I mean that the closing ceremonies are going to be one of the most memorable in Olympic history. Sure, the opening ceremonies get much more attention, but if you're looking for a closing ceremony that people will be talking about for years to come, look no further.
  5. I don't know about the opening ceremonies, but there's going to be a heck of a lot of partying in the closing ceremonies!
  6. How about 2, 2,020 taiko drummers maybe? That would be awesome! ;D
  7. No love for Chinese Taipei or Dubai? They may bid for 2024 if Japan's 2020 bid is unsuccessful.
  8. The only thing I know Tulsa for is Route 66 and that's pretty much it. That's why they won't win.
  9. ^ I'm talking about AMERICAN football teams (as in the NFL), not world football teams.
  10. One problem...what will become of the three American football teams from NYC and Philadelphia that play preseason games in August? Where will they have to play their games if the Olympics conflict with their preseason schedule? In my opinion, the football venues are a little too close to each other. I think they should be a little more spread out (think of this year's Olympics and how far some of the venues were to each other, such as Hampden Park in Glasgow to Wembley Stadium in London, which are about 6.5 hours apart).
  11. ^ Agreed. 2022 should go to either Munich or Oslo.
  12. I believe that the odds of Burlington bidding for 2026 are slim. Why? The US is much more interested in 2024. The last Olympic Games they hosted were Winter Games. Cities like Denver or Reno/Lake Tahoe have a better chance in the future. I'm not saying that Burlington will NEVER win. But I think as of now, the odds are slim.
  13. I heard that they're also going to build the Bosphorus Stadium for the ceremonies. I don't think it will host any sports, though.
  14. Of course they are; you just don't realize that. Besides, you probably aren't a member of the IOC anyway.
  15. South Africa wil have a MUCH better chance come 2028. 2024 will be overshadowed by a battle between Paris and USA and South Africa won't even be in the conversation. Okay, so they will be...but they won't be a real frontrunner.
  16. Here are my ideas of different OCs for the candidate cities: If Tokyo wins, the opening ceremony will look similar to both the 2008 and 2012 OCs with a Japanese flavor. Such scenes could include a tribute to Medieval Japan (think samurai), as well as a tribute to the victims of World War II (including those who served in the armed forces and those civilians who lost their lives in the atomic bombings). As for the rest, there will definitely be a salute to the modern era of Japan, from the bustling city of Tokyo to Japan's pop culture. As for the torch relay, the only athlete that I think will definitely be part of this is Tadahiro Nomura, the 3-time Olympic gold medalist in judo from 1996-2004. Japan does lead the medal count in judo, by the way. If Istanbul wins, the OC would likely be based around the history of the city as well as the traditions of Islam, since no Islamic city has ever hosted the Olympics. The torch relay will be interesting, as there are no Olympic athletes from Turkey that are very well known, but I heard that wrestling is Turkey's dominant sport, so look for a wrestler to light the flame. And finally, Madrid. I don't have high hopes for them becauxse of their sluggish economy, but if they do win, look for some shades of the 1992 OCs, which were also held in Spain. Lots and lots of dancing is included, and Rafael "Rafa" Nadal, the great tennis player, is the most likely to light the flame.
  17. I don't believe that Tulsa is a very well-known city across the world, which will prevent them from being a successful bid. The only thing I know the city for is Route 66, although I heard that they want to use a Native American theme as well.
  18. I chose Almaty for 2026 for these reasons: Asia has not hosted the Winter Games since 1998 in Nagano; No country in Asia outside of Japan or South Korea has ever hosted or will host the Winter Games; Since the USA is focusing on a 2024 bid, Canada has to submit a bid if North America wants to bid; and I already believe that Oslo has the best chance of getting 2022, meaning that Munich will have to wait until 2030 to bid again.
  19. Here are my predictions for 2020 thru 2030: 2020 Summer Olympic Games Will win: Tokyo Should win: Istanbul 2022 Winter Olympic Games Will win: Oslo Should win: Oslo 2024 Summer Olympic Games Will win: Paris (this is just a guess) Should win: USA!!! (either Chicago or NYC) 2026 Winter Olympic Games Will win: TETT (too early to tell) Should win: Almaty 2028 Summer Olympic Games Will win: TETT Should win: Africa 2030 Winter Olympic Games Will win: TETT Should win: Munich
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