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Trylon

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  1. I may not have an opinion that will matter much to far more knowledgable members who post here. What I saw was NBC's US perspective and that has so often disappointed me. I do not believe they cover the games well and, in the past, have needed reminders that other nations actually do send athletes to compete and the games are not all about "medal counts" and personal back stories about US athletes who may or may not deserve some sort of spotlight. Nevertheless, from the many hours I watched, I had the impression that the South Koreans built magnificent venues in a remarkably beautiful area-
  2. It must be remarkably wonderful to be so correct, so certain your own infallibility. You have an opinion, then just state it without hammering the writer with whom you disagree. Normally, I'd ignore your arrogant comments. No. Just...no.
  3. The Greeks had one home for their Olympic games. One home for the summer and the winter games makes sense. Records would be more relevant, facilities would be state of the art and constantly monitored and improved and during off years, what a spectacular training facility the permanent location could be for all potential athletes. The permanent site could also host other sporting events thus keeping hotels and restaurants busy year round. Initially, there would be squabbling as to which nation might be the permanent host, but maybe it's fairly obvious. Let Greece host the summer games. I
  4. Blythe Arena at Squaw Valley collapsed under heavy snow in 1982 and the ski jumps fell into disrepair. I find no reference to the cauldron but it appears it is long gone. Very little remains other than a part of a skiing sculpture and a memorial plaque listing medal winners.
  5. The 1980 Lake placid Olympic cauldron is still lighted for the duration of every winter Olympic games since 1980 and is lighted for the annual Empire State Winter Games. It's not much compared to the massive blowtorch we saw at Sochi and which must have been visible from the Moon, but it' s still there and still used.
  6. NBC, for the first time, may have realized that nations other than the US send athletes to the Olympic Winter Games. Too often, NBC's broadcasts and color commentary is jingoistic claptrap. For example, the endless telling of the story of Lindsay Vonn dedicating her final performances to her deceased grandfather who had fought in the Korean War. While it may have been touching the first time, hearing it over and over including as she was marching into the close ceremonies was way over the top. NBC spent so much air time fawning over Vonn's every move it became borderline stalking. And NBC's
  7. I only know what I saw on television but it certainly appeared to me that South Korean organizers managed to bid a spectacularly impressive winter sports complex that shod serve them well for the rest of this century. The entire games seemed to be blessed by true winter weather and even deep blue skies making it all seems idyllic. But it was the beautiful venues, the remarkable infrastructure, the art sculptures--all of it-- that made the games seem to be meticulously planned and a joy to attend.
  8. While that chart suggests Lake Placid might still be reliably cold enough to support ice and snow in 2050, it appears that this current winter (2018) may boast the warmest February on record with four days in New York's North Country where the thermometer neared 70 degrees F. In fact, the last two days of the month are expected to be over sixty degrees as far north as Saranac Lake which is just few miles west of Lake Placid. The change is happening. It's here. These warm temps have another problem. If there is precipitation, it comes as rain and that wreaks havoc on a state with the most
  9. From what I can see on television coverage, these games have magnificent facilities. I hope they receive very active post games use and that PyeongChang becomes a lasting winter sport training facility.
  10. The grande finale with so many of the skaters on the ice on the final Saturday was wonderful. If there is a moment of true Olympic spirit, this is it.
  11. What a great year for the sport of curling. It's a curious event but I agree with the poster who calls it riveting. The skill required for success is most admirable. I've enjoyed watching every minute of this event.
  12. There is a remarkable degree of insanity in the all of sliding events, but the excitement, daring and ability of the bobsleigh teams, and the fact that the sport is as old as the modern winter games makes the bobsleigh the most wonderful event in the entire games.
  13. From all that I see via television coverage, PeyongChang has does a masterful job in presenting this Olympic Winter games, The venues are impressive and even spectacular. There appear to be no significant problems with any venue and it appears these are truly winter games in a winter climate with fresh snow almost daily and cold, crisp days with brilliantly blue skies. Its a far cry from Sochi where air temps sometimes reached summertime highs during several days and Alpine events were held on melting snow. The spectacular PeyongChang scenery, the thoughtful amenities provided at each ven
  14. Detroit once had real hope of hosting an Olympic summer games but that was fifty or more years ago. It has fallen on harder times than any other city in US history and it lost half of its population over forty years, but the worst may be over for Detroit. There is hope for the Motor City. But for Detroit to squander its precious resources on an Olympic games is ludicrous. The city leaders must focus on the immediate needs of the city's residents. An Olympic bid is pie in the sky. That city is on life support but helpful change takes time and Detroit has that once last, the one with the d
  15. I am struck by the statement that "there is no reason to attack LA." There is no reason to attack any city or any people in any city. This is the horror of terrorism. Whichever city wins any Olympic bid--any bid for any future games--will become a potential target for cold hearted monsters hell bent on killing people. What happened in Paris this past week is proof that no city will be immune and the cost for security for future games will be staggering and may, eventually, surpass costs for venues. Winning a bid will put a bulls eye on the winning city. It's terrible but it's the reality
  16. After the 2001 attacks on NYC, many people believed that city should just be given an Olympic bid in an effort to show solidarity. Of course, as time passed, so did this feeling of unity and NYC's bid failed. I hope Paris gets the games in 2024 and not because it has been attacked but because it deserves to host and has worked for years for the right to be a host again. Nevertheless, why any city, in this age of lunacy, would want to go to such a staggering expense and have to invest more money in security than in actual venues and infrastructure defies logic on every possible level. Paris
  17. San Francisco would offer a beautiful setting. DC is a long shot, of course, but it is a booming, dynamic area. Its iconic monuments, decent and expanding metro system and the natural beauty of Maryland and Northern Virginia could make for a remarkable setting. I just cannot see why LA should get a third shot. Let another city have a chance to be a showcase.
  18. As the world watches events unfold in Hong Kong and how the government in Beijing responds to the massive protests, it is difficult to imagine how the IOC, if it has any integrity at all, could even consider giving another games to China if there is some form of crack down. I have no idea how Almaty might perform as a host, but after watching Russia host the 2014 games and then invade Crimea two weeks after the closing ceremony, there is no way the IOC should give any repressive and/or oppressive regime an Olympic showcase. On the other hand, I cannot recall a single instance when the IOC ha
  19. The change will come when some host city financially implodes by trying to out due all other previous hosts. This is the pattern and it will eventually lead to a financial catastrophe for some poor sap of a host city. Maybe it won't be in the next ten or twenty years, but it will come. Hell, we're at the point where just lighting the torch has to be more innovative and dramatic than the previous host city. In three decades we've gone from small, insignificant cauldrons to an Olympic blowtorch that could keep a small city warm and was spotted by the international space station. Secondly, h
  20. Well then, I'm old. I clearly recall the years that ABC owned the Olympic airwaves. ABC created the format NBC uses today complete with the color commentary, the human interest stories, the background information as well as the almost epic quests for Olympic gold. From Squaw Valley, Innsbruck (twice), Tokyo, Grenoble, Mexico City, Sapporo, Nagano, Munich, Montreal, Lake Placid and their final coverage at Calgary--it was ABC's world. Maybe they did some sappy stories but the work done by men such as Roone Arledge (who created the successful coverage formula), Chris Schenkel. Al Michaels and
  21. For television glitz an glamour, they are all pretty much the same since 1988 and after. But for the warmth and connectedness of some of the smaller games, Lake Placid is my choice. My god, you could rub elbows with Olympians all over that beautiful little village. I think way back to Innsbruck in 1964. I loved watching those games. Munich--no way. I cannot even think about those tragic games without remembering the images of the terrorists in the Olympic village.
  22. Montreal's logo was so clean and precise. And it had an elegance. I like Lake Placid's because it paid homage to two games and because I lived there for many years--plain and simple.
  23. My main disappointment is that I'll be dead before another US network--ANY other US network--broadcasts the games. Watching one evening of NBC's sugar coated hyperbole is enough to make any viewer a diabetic.
  24. The Montreal Stadium has always impressed me except when I was there during the 1976 games. It was unfinished and most disheartening. Historically, the Berlin Olympic Stadium is most impressive to me. Neo-classical in spirit and design, it has (or had in 1936) too much of that Nazi severity of style. But it has endured and remains a vital part of the sports world today. The Munich stadium is most impressive and has its roots in Montreal. It was designed by the same architect, Frei Otto, who designed the Pavilion of The Federal Republic of Germany at Expo 67 in Montreal. That pavilion
  25. You are all more aware of the specifics of this situation than I. I do recall there were significant problems when Pope Francis visited Rio a year ago and there was speculation, at that time, that the issues concerning traffic flow, crowd control, security etc. were getting a trial run during that Catholic youth conference. Possibly the World Cup will spotlight what Rio must do to be ready. It is a city of stunning wealth and incredible poverty. I never fully understood how they could pull off an impressive games without totally neglecting the basic survival needs of so many of the poor
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