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dchang11 last won the day on August 25 2017

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  1. If LA does to the dual concept, I think this is the best concept. I mean the broadcasting will start at the LA Coliseum, head into Inglewood, and back to LA Coliseum for the parade of nations and the lighting of the cauldron. A separate channel could cover the entertainment while the parade of nations is going on...with the main broadcasters out in the Coliseum can drop in whenever they please. The production looks complex, but I think this is the best way to utilize both stadiums and honor the legacies of 1932 and 1984.
  2. I wonder how LA executes the dual stadium Opening Ceremony concept. This should be interesting. One thing for certain, the opening ceremony will be under broad daylight (assuming a 6pm start to accommodate east coast viewers). If I was Garcetti, I would start the ceremony at the LA Coliseum (introduce the President and National Anthem), bring the artistic portion to Hollywood Park (for the theatrical darkness), the parade of nations and speeches back at the LA Coliseum, host a couple of musical performers back in Inglewood, and finally light the cauldron at the Coliseum. For the final leg of the torch relay, the flame is bought into Hollywood Park shortly after the artistic portion and takes a lap. It runs through the streets of South LA during the parade of nations, amid cheering crowds before entering the Coliseum. Hollywood Park hosts the entertainment aspect of the ceremony, LA Coliseum hosts the Olympic proceedings and parade of nations. Fans will get to choose which part of the ceremony they'll attend.
  3. The nation (and the world) likely expects Michael Phelps to light the cauldron. Greg Louganis is a great pick. Carl Lewis has to be a part of the final leg (most decorated athlete of the 1984 games). Misty May and Kerri Walsh is at my #6. I wouldn't be surprised if they ran the torch around the track. The Dream Team changed basketball and made it a worldwide game, not to mention Magic Johnson is a LA sports legend. They got the 1980 Olympic Team together in Salt Lake City, so its possible in LA. If its not feasible, Johnson and Bird can run on their behalf. Don't expect them to light the cauldron. Nothing is going to top the Muhammad Ali moment in 1996. LA2028 will choose someone that everyone will approve.
  4. During the Atlanta games...NBC started their coverage at 8pm and the ceremony started at 8:45. The same happened in Vancouver (NBC started at 8pm, EST, the ceremony started at 9pm). American and Canadian interests will be used to schedule events. The Olympic finals for track, swimming, and gymnastics starts at 5:30 local time.
  5. LA 2028 is entertaining the concept of dual stadium ceremonies, so the final relay lineup is going to be huge. Michael Phelps gets the honor to light the cauldron, but I would like to see those who participate in the final leg join Phelps in lighting the torch together as Team USA, reenacting what the Miracle on Ice team did in Salt Lake City. 1. Michael Phelps 2. Caitlyn Jenner 3. Magic Johnson and Larry Bird (w/ the Dream Team) 4. Carl Lewis 5. Mary Lou Retton (w/Carly Paterson, Nastia Liukin, Gabby Douglas, and Simone Biles)
  6. LA already hosted the Olympics twice. The most recent one in 1984 was a huge success. It sucks the venues are spread out, but its the best option available for the USOC. Most of the venues from the 1984 Games still exist. Basketball would be held at the Forum. Gymnastics at the Staples Center. Field Hockey at the Stubhub Center. The campuses of UCLA and USC are perfect locations for other events and training centers. The LA Convention Center can house the broadcast and press facilities as well as host additional events such as weightlifting, taekwondo, wrestling, judo, and fencing. Although its clear LA will get an NFL franchise before the end of the decade, the ceremonies and athletics events will be held at the Coliseum. The only major venue missing is the swimming and the only thing you need to do is to build a temporary pool on the Coliseum parking lot and build temporary stadia that'll cram 20,000 people and the press. 80% of the projected venues are built. The only major thing missing is the Olympic Village.
  7. Washington DC is a great city. However, most people do not know is the local government is plagued with corruption. The Metro is efficient, but the infrastructure is horrible. The stations are a cold, colorless underground bunkers. Since the venues are spread out, improving public transportation is vital in order for DC to be successful in this bid. That's not going to be a reality unless the city corruption is eradicated.
  8. You forgot the campuses of the University of Maryland, American University, and George Mason University. American has a 4,500 seat arena that can host an small event or two. Maryland has five large sports venues (basketball arena could host basketball prelims) but some require temporary expansion of seating such as the baseball and soccer stadium. George Mason has a 10,000 seat arena. These campuses are Metro accessible.
  9. Let's be realistic here, an Olympic track can't fit into Soldier Field. It's current seating capacity is 55,000. If the City of Chicago and the Bears want to add a track, the lower bowl needs to be removed and the field raised so it can fit. Otherwise, the stadium would have to be razed to its pre-renovation state and rebuild from there. The issue of converting the stands into press rows should not be a problem since they could convert all the luxury suites into additional press boxes/broadcast booths. The seating capacity would be reduced to 48,000; little over half of what the IOC requires. The temporary Olympic Stadium concept in their 2016 bid was more feasible since there was no need of an Olympic Stadium after the games unless Chicago was awarded another NFL franchise. The idea of converting the stadium into a 10,000 seat mixed use venue is a great idea since it can host high school competitions and other events in the Chicago community. London's Olympic Stadium was designed as a temporary venue since Wembley Stadium is the main venue in town and West Ham was eventually going to take over an convert the stadium based on their needs.
  10. Competition was tight to bid for the 2012 Olympics. Voting was close until the last round. Vancouver 2010 might have something to do with it since the IOC probably did not want the Olympics to happen consecutively on the same continent. Bidding for the Olympics is not an easy task and you need a large team plus public support in order for a bid to be successful. Bob Costas interviewed IOC President Thomas Bach in Sochi and he said the IOC wants to promote the Olympic Movement by allowing areas that has not hosted yet a chance as well as bringing the Games to regions where its held multiple times. He used the example of giving the 2008 Games to Beijing for the first time and awarding the Olympics to London in 2012. The last time Asia held the Winter Olympics was in Nagano 1998 and Pyoengchang's bid brought the games back for the first time in twenty years. Salt Lake City hosted in 2002 and Vancouver hosted in 2010, so the Winter Games are coming back to North America anytime soon. It look like the IOC will award the 2024 Summer Games to an African city if the bids are achievable. When the 2024 (or 2028) Summer Games approach, North America hasn't hosted the games in thirty years, so if an American, Canadian, and/or even a Mexican city submits an excellent bid; the Games will likely return on this continent. Toronto is planning a bid for 2028 and Guadalajara might bid either in 2024 or 2028. We knew the USOC sent letters to twenty-five cities asking if they'll be interested in bidding for the Olympics. Philadelphia, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Washington, Boston, San Diego, and San Francisco responded or started to explore a potential bid. Chicago is not sure and probably will not submit a bid despite the USOC's pleas and New York has not made a decision whether to get on board with an Olympic project. There's also some consideration in bidding for the 2026 Winter Olympics to kick-off America's 250th Birthday Celebration Year. U.S. Soccer is looking to bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. The IRB is also looking at the United States to host the 2023 or 2027 Rugby World Cup since promoting the game in America is a long-term goal for International Rugby. Out of the American cities who responded; Los Angeles and Dallas-Fort Worth are the only two metropolitan areas capable of hosting the Summer Olympics. Los Angeles hosted twice and many of the venues were located on college campuses in the area. Dallas-Fort Worth is thinking about converting the Cotton Bowl as an Olympic Stadium and use AT&T Stadium, American Airlines Center, and Toyota Stadium as venues. Another idea in consideration is converting the historic Fair Park complex into an Olympic Park. San Francisco is capable of hosting, but the venues would be too scattered across the Bay Area (some might take an hour travel w/o a police escort). Boston and San Diego is too small and not capable of hosting. Philadelphia would be the dark horse, but since I am from the area; the city is capable of hosting the Olympic Games. New York has the resources to sell themselves as the city to host the Olympics. They submitted a quality bid back in 2012. One of the things I found intriguing was the fact athletes could get to their venues by water taxi's and avoid the New York traffic. One of the things holding the city back is their new mayor. It seems bidding for the Olympic Games is not in the cards at the moment. Even if New York does not bid, the IOC is keen to award the Games to Los Angeles for a third time. To make things even more interesting, let the USOC submit Dallas-Fort Worth or Philadelphia as a bid. They are always interested in looking at new horizons.
  11. The cities capable of hosting the Summer Olympics are New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Chi-Town is the best location since its suitable for North American television coverage. Los Angeles has the experience in hosting the Olympic Games twice. New York is the "American Babylon" of cities. I think New York should give a shot in bidding for the Olympics. If the city bids again with proper planning, the IOC will probably give the games to NYC.
  12. I think the United States should host a Summer Olympic games before another Winter games.
  13. disappointed with Chinese Taipei...I was in Taiwan during the duration of the 2012 Olympics and the results ive seen were poor. they did well in Beijing. What sucked is that baseball was removed from the program and they usually do good during international competition
  14. Hosting the Summer Olympics in 2024 is too soon for Canada. They need to wait another decade to start bidding again. Apparently the IOC wants to spread things out a bit. I'm from Philadelphia and we are an underused city. I know the region like the layout of my own house and I know for a fact Philadelphia is capable of hosting the Olympics. Obviously they need to "work out the kinks" but if the city won. Go to my discussion post if you want to post your thoughts. this discussion is about Canada hosting again. I know for a fact you guys can knock another Vancouver 2010 excitement again...Yanofsky's song was brilliant and Bilodeau's gold medal moment was one of the best Olympic memories ive ever witnessed. still have mixed feelings over Crosby though...I didn't mind that Canada took the hockey gold, i was pissed Crosby finished the job cuz we have to deal with that baby every year lol.
  15. we know that. they convinced Beijing organizers to move swimming finals in the mornings so American viewers can watch Michael Phelps and paid billions for US television rights....more than any other country. this discussion is about USA 2024, a potential national movement to bring the Olympics back to America. we'll talk about the TV rights later cuz NBC's contract ends after 2020 and primetime host Bob Costas will probably retire afterwards. Why don't we shift to a different approach like discuss potential cities and maybe some ideal venue plans from locals who hail from these metropolitan areas?
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