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  1. On 9/6/2019 at 10:10 AM, Quaker2001 said:

    There was a certain "other" poster here that was rooting hard for that, if nothing else just to rub it in my face that I said it wouldn't happen.  Thus is the craptasticness of this website.  It was one thing when once upon a time you had American posters and Canadians posters fighting with each other, but at least there was some substance behind it.  In contrast with "I'm going to make an argument to oppose you for the sake of being a contrarian because me.. like.. trolling!"

    I get that there's not much to talk about here these days since we're likely 4 years away from the next Olympic host being determined.  And that there's not that much news to be consumed.  It is what it is.  The funny thing for me is that I love the Olympics a lot more than I love Olympic bidding, but there aren't exactly a lot of forums out there like this.  If someone wants to point me to somewhere where they actually treat the Olympics as more than "2 ceremonies and some filler in between" or "let's spend a week analyzing their choice of a color palette for their logo", please let me know!


  2. On 8/6/2019 at 7:09 AM, mrva said:


    I hope this is the right section; is anyone on this site collecting olympic television recordings and would like to trade?

    I have lots of old television broadcasts from Rome 1960 onwards (around 30-40 hours of live television coverage!) up until 2018 (almost entirely as Eurosport carried three channels showing the full OBS feeds) all in DVD or HD format. I am still working on a detailed list (including screenshots, etc.) but that's not yet ready so if anyone needs any more information, just let me know.

    You planning to post these recordings online somewhere?

  3. 45 minutes ago, Nacre said:

    The deciding factors were the lack of financial contributions from governments, the inadequate venue arrangements and the huge logistical issues.

    For anyone who has every actually worked at an Olympics these are huge and obvious concerns. When I volunteered at Vancouver 2010 there were people getting home to Langley at 4:00 AM after volunteering at Whistler that day. I can't imagine how Swedish volunteers from places like Malmo who were assigned to work at Are would manage it.

    Using Malmo is disingenuous, as it's about a 6.5 hour drive from Stockholm. 20% of Sweden's population lives in the greater Stockholm area, I'm sure most of the volunteers would have come from there. The real issue would be assigning people to Are where there's far less infrastructure in place.  

  4. 11 hours ago, Faster said:

    The defending World Champion and only women's team to go undefeated (against a stronger field) to win those World Championships is not a choker internationally. She has made the playoffs at ever WC she has been to and only ever lost to the eventual World Champion. 

    Yeah sorry I didn't know that until i read your post after. I was looking more to her previous experiences in world championships. It could be more of an indication of the rest of the world catching up, but I just felt as though she lacked that "clutch gene" that we saw in the oh so steady and confident Jennifer Jones and her team throughout the last Olympics. 

  5. A couple of thoughts, first from the perspective of a Team Canada fan, and again from the perspective of an Olympics fan.

    As a Canadian, a hell of an Olympics. We set a record for number of medals, and bettered our total golds from Sochi. There were medals all around in many sports, the most exciting of which was in luge, where we went from three fourth place finishes in Sochi, to two medals. Not to mention our first luge medals ever. Speed skating also made a tremendous comeback, and there's a bright future ahead on both the short and long tracks. As for team sports, well, it was unfortunate. Utter disappointment in curling. To leave with no medals was pathetic. I stand by my original belief that Rachel Homan is a flake, who performs well domestically but chokes every single damn time on the international stage. The winner take all trials to decide the representatives in curling needs to change IMO. While smart on paper, we run the risk of being left with sub-par curlers like Homan, or Bernard in 2010. It was nice to watch the mixed doubles however, a great new addition to the Games, but I'd love to see more non-traditional curling nations represented next time, as that is the true purpose of the sport. In hockey, the women played very well, and as always the final was a crap shoot against the Americans. For the men, it sucked to see us lose to Germany, but nothing really below my expectations with the lack of NHLers. More on that in a moment. The silver lining to all of this is that we won 11 golds despite winning zero in the team sports, which we normally dominate. A testament to the COC and the great work they're doing developing our winter sport athletes. 

    For the Games themselves, I thought Korea did a great job. The weather was against them throughout, but they managed to put on a flawless Games. Unfortunately, I felt as though the Games did fly under the radar compared to the past, perhaps due to the lack of NHLers and big story lines coming into the Games. The combined march with North Korea was historic and great to see, and I truly think such an event could help lead to negotiations between the two sides down the road. It's awesome to watch how, despite the lard-ass sitting in the Oval Office only making things worse, an event like the Olympics can bring people together and strive for peace. I think that Moon is a very strong leader who has taken the correct steps towards conflict resolution despite the lack of proper help from allies like the United States. The Olympics were an important event in his pursuit of that goal. The truly special aspect of the Games was its return to simplicity after the extravagance of the last, making it truly feel like an Albertville or Lillehammer type Olympics. I think this bodes well for future bids from skeptical European nations, who have seen how to properly stage the Games. 

    For the NHL, the bargaining power now truly lies in their hands. The IOC has seen how much of a joke a non-NHL player hockey tournament is, and will need to give into their demands in the future. I expect them to want to be in Beijing to tap into such a massive market, as well as 2026 if they go to Calgary, who seem to be the frontrunner. It will be interesting to see what solution is made, as there are concessions that both sides will need to make. 


  6. So pathetic that such a large portion of the American population is so willfully ignorant and abhorrent, including the leadership in Congress. Unfortunate that because just 30% of people still back this disgusting lump of human garbage that is Donald Trump, he is allowed to speak on behalf of a nation of (mostly) great people. 

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  7. 11 hours ago, baron-pierreIV said:

    Democrat Doug Jones squeaks by to win Alabama Senate seat held by Jeff Sessions.  It changes the Senate vote to 51-49.  With a few errant Republican votes like Jeff Flake, Susan Collins, John McCain, Cory Booker, there are enough votes to hopefully stick it to Trump and Paul Ryan!!  The Day of Reckoning is finally here!! 

    Cory Booker is a Democrat you moron. 

  8. Lake Placid would only host the speed events. Collingwood is about 1 3/4 hours north of Toronto, and is home to Georgian Peaks, which is certified to host FIS slalom and GS events. Just down the road is Blue Mountain Resort, which has the accommodations available to host an Olympics, and has hosted world cup freestyle and snowboarding events in the past. Not to mention there used to be a ski jump located at the resort, and a Nordic skiing area nearby. 

    A pipe dream, sure, but certainly not crazy if its the only option, as intoronto mentioned. 

  9. 15 hours ago, intoronto said:

    Bit of a scoop... there is preliminary behind the scenes work being done on a bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics (yes you read that correct) from Toronto.

    Of course Lake Placid would be needed for the alpine venue (and sliding track most likely). However with there being an apathy towards bidding this may work...

    Would love to hear more about this.. Text me

  10. 9 hours ago, LatinXTC said:

    As someone mentioned it's only offering 3 cities because they know the limit for them will be capped at either 2 or 3 cities. Might as well give them your 3 best. If you actually look at a list of soccer-specific stadiums and their capacity for Mexico, they have over a dozen already existing or in planning and are FAR better prepared to host a world cup all on their own under the current/old 32-team policy compared to Canada and their piss poor group of small and missfit stadiums. 

    Honestly canada suggesting so many stadiums when it knows only no more than 3 will be used, small 30,000 capacity and under stadiums, and to host games in a baseball-specific stadium and 2 athletics stadiums is hilarious and embarrassing when you have the US and Mexico bring forth nothing but 50,000+ capacity stsdiums who are equipped to give people great views of the soccer field. If there's anyone that shows they're unnecessary here, it's Canada, especially since being part of the joint bid is the only guaranteed way they would qualify for the world cup, had the roster not been expanded to 48. Even then that expansion might not have enough.


    Jesus Christ mate, can you fucking ease up on Canada for a second?

    All stadiums presented can be expanded to north of 40,000. The new stadiums in Saskatchewan, Vancouver and Toronto are all state of the art, and Calgary is looking to build a new facility. We're not hosting an games past the Round of 16, so having massive stadiums is not that big of a priority. Also, not exactly sure what the two athletics stadiums are, there's only one (Commonwealth) which has great sight lines anyways and just hosted a successful women's world cup. All of these stadiums presented (including Rogers Centre in soccer form) would be great venues to watch a soccer game. 

    You're a clown

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  11. On 8/17/2017 at 8:57 PM, POV said:

    I detest the Clintons, for many reasons.  I do not like many things Trump has done.  However in the US we had a choice between Hillary and Trump.    The two party system set this up.  It's time for it to go.

    A first past the post voting system naturally leads to a two party system overtime. You would have to alter the way in which the election results are calculated. 

  12. On the bright side of all of this, Hillary Clinton's political career is over and hopefully she will disappear into the shadows. I always thought it would be a shame to have her shatter the highest glass ceiling. Would love to see an authentic women who isn't beholden to special interests like Elizabeth Warren crush Trump in 2020 and become the first female President.

    It really does say a lot about Hillary that she couldn't manage to defeat this fucking clown. The reality is that against practically any other Democratic candidate, Trump would have been handily defeated.

    Nothing we can do now but give Trump a fair chance to govern and call him out when he does wrong. I'm most interested to see his dynamic with other world leaders, specifically his polar opposites in Trudeau and EPN and how the future of NAFTA will play out.

    One of the things forgotten in all of this is who will be in Trump's cabinet. He already has an evolution denier and believer in gay-conversion therapy as his VP, and bigoted fools/fear-mongers like Christie, Gingrich, Giuliani and Palin will likely be his closest advisors.

    I'm also interested to see how this all works out for Paul Ryan. I think he's kind of fucked. No doubt in my mind that Trump is going to try and destroy his political career because of the lack of support he showed during the election. Trump always has to get even with those who wrong him.

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