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  1. But, but - politicians say that a referendum ‘will not be required’.
  2. Or October, when the IOC will actually “invite” (whoever is left by that point) to become a finalist & formally bid.
  3. Yeah, but what do the *people of these cantons* have to say about it.
  4. Exactly - I was being facetious, since you posed the question to tulsa. If you were here when the 2024 campaign was in full swing, you would’ve seen for yourself all the L.A. boosters touting that bcuz L.A. ‘84 was so “successful” & brought the Olympics “back to life” that it should automatically get the nod over Paris for that alone. But yes, each Games is different (just like every bid race is as well) to judge the level of relative & subjective success over another. Paris 2024 will be successful in it’s own way, as L.A. 2028 will be successful in their own. Although “profit returns” won’t be it this next time around.
  5. United States 2026/2030

    Do you really honestly see any of those cities making it all the way through, though? The other three still don’t have government support. The only Euro-candidate that I could see doing just that is either Turin or Milan. And even then, first the IOC would either have to 1. Amend their ‘rules’ to allow Italy to bid when they’re hosting the same session to elect the winning 2026 city. Or 2. Move the session to another country. And then what other hurdles would Turin or Milan would have to jump through in Italy itself to mount a bid ITFP.
  6. Those is fightin’ words to a certain NBC fanatic here.
  7. The L.A. bolsters here will always say that the ‘84 Summer Games were the most “successful” ever.
  8. No referendum needed? We’ll see what the people of Graz & Schladming (& maybe even beyond them) have to say about that.
  9. United States 2026/2030

    And “good for you” (my favorite Quaker-ism there) that you do say the plot thickens now. But I don’t see it that way. I’m very well aware that the USOC made that statement over a month (just cuz I didn’t post here in the last couple of months doesn’t mean that I wasn’t keeping up with up with Olympic-related news. And gee, I guess I must have not watched PyeongChang 2018 either since I didn’t here about the ceremonies or my ‘verdict’ ). What has changed so much in the last 30 days that the USOC has had this drastic change of thought (besides absoultely nothing, other than the IOC 2026 deadline of interested cities looming in just a couple of weeks)? Even if they weren’t talking to the IOC (which I find hard to believe that they weren’t in some capacity or another about the subject this whole time) then the USOC was postering themselves so they can ‘pivot’ the situation to get a Winter Olympic Games, be that in 2030 or ‘if called upon’ in 2026. Certainly again in the realm of assessment to the GB article from back in October. Hence, why I don’t find this lastest ‘news’ on the matter as plot thickening as you do.
  10. United States 2026/2030

    This article actually talks more about a Salt Lake 2030 bid & has 2026 as a “if called upon” option. https://www.sltrib.com/sports/2018/03/14/usoc-tells-ioc-it-wants-to-put-an-american-city-up-for-next-round-of-bidding-for-the-winter-games/
  11. FIFA World Cup 2026

    Chicago didn’t get dropped. They decided against it bcuz of FIFA’s inflexible demands (kinda what many accuse the IOC of). Minneapolis (& to a lesser extent - Vancouver) also decided not to be part of it for the same reasons. https://www.sltrib.com/sports/2018/03/15/salt-lake-not-a-finalist-city-for-2026-world-cup-bid/
  12. United States 2026/2030

    I wouldn’t say that the plot thickens a bit, but rather that it looks to be right on course (or should I say as “expected” ). It pretty much stacks up to what this Gamesbids article from back in October pretty much stated (& which I reposted back in this thread in the last page then).. https://gamesbids.com/eng/robs-bidblog/bidweek-bach-takes-control-as-salt-lake-city-enters-2026-olympic-bid-race/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+gamesbidsrss+(GamesBids.com+Headlines) ..that the IOC is dictating the “rules” here & it looks like they do indeed want to do another double allocation in this case, too, “just in case”, of course. And all the talk that the USOC “wasn’t bidding” for 2026 so they could “protect L.A.’s 2028 interests” was all just a bunch of rhetoric, & all along must’ve been talking to the IOC of being in this mix for “ideally” 2030.
  13. I know of at least one forumer who had/has high hopes for Sion. But given Switzerland’s (lack of) bidding track record over the past decade, not to mention that Graubunden (in eastern Switzerland) already rejected a 2026 bid early last year & also that Valais support for the bid is already low & pending a referendum, any ‘hopes’ for a Swiss 2026 bid are on the cusp of being anything short of delusional.
  14. The difference between the two is really negligible, so why not just have everything in Sweden then. Plus, you still have Ostersund to the east of Are & Trondheim to the west (if need be for further accomodations).
  15. Doesn’t look like that was the case at all. Milan still looks interested. https://gamesbids.com/eng/winter-olympic-bids/2026-olympic-bid-news/italy-could-launch-last-minute-2026-olympic-winter-games-bid/ And yes, a Milan Winter Olympics on the surface would be better than a repeat Turin Games. But of course all of that will depend on the logistics & feasibility of both plans. Also, I don’t think that having another race with Turin & Sion in the mix will be viewed nostalgically well by all those involved, particularly Sion & in the end the IOC.