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  1. Kenadian

    FIFA World Cup 2026

    OK, the ink on the 2018 and 2022 contracts hasn't dried yet and any decision on selecting a host for 2026 is 6 to 10 years away, but things being what they are and this site being what it is...let's discuss anyway. Which countries might be interested in the FIFA 2026 World Cup? Under the current rules, there will be no bids from Europe, Asia or Australia. Only bids from South America, North America, and Africa will be eligible, with North America being the most distant host (USA 1994). And there are rumours floating about of a potential joint 2030 Centennial bid from Uruguay-Argentina so that could halt interest from South America for 2026 (especially since only one serious bid surfaced for 2014). So, with 6-8 years to mobilize a bid, and barring any major changes in the rules, which countries might be interested? And which would you like to see in the race?
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    PC 2018 Cauldron placement

    It looks like the Death Star caught in a whisk. Or an onion.
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    Montreal 1976

    Came across this article (in French) from around the time of the 40th anniversary of the Montreal Olympics: http://www.quartierhochelaga.com/40-ans-jeux-olympiques/ ...and it included this interesting image of an early concept from 1971 for the Olympic Stadium and surrounding area.
  4. So with 2024 off to Paris and 2028 heading for Los Angeles, there's basically 8 years before another bid cycle for the Summer Games. There's always something to discuss, but it got me thinking...What's the future for the central topic of GB and the Forums?
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    Future of GamesBids?

    Yeah, I think all these things are contributing factors to a much quieter forum. I was much more active before 2010, of course, because I was living in a (once) future Olympic host city and some of the competitions in that decade were heated affairs. Indeed, Olympic bidding from the 1992 Games onward to the 2020 Games was a pretty interesting time. But the next 10+ years look like a repeat of the 1970s and early 1980s.
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    Los Angeles 2028

    Nearly everyone in every Olympic city says "traffic will be terrible!" and then they're proven wrong. Having lived through the Olympics in my backyard (Vancouver in 2010), those 2 weeks were the easiest weeks for driving ever. LOL! Foot traffic, sidewalks, and plazas were very busy though.
  7. It gets lit often. They spark it up for USC football games at the stadium, for example.
  8. Do you think LA will reuse cauldron from the 1932 and 1984 Games?
  9. My first time back to Gamesbids in a long time and I read this. "OMG! WTF?" I say to myself...then check the date stamp. Well played, GB. Well played.
  10. So what's going on with China? Their medal haul doesn't seem to be up to snuff with what it has been for the past few Olympiads. At this stage (Wednesday of the Week 2), they are only one medal ahead of Britain (51-50), who have clearly benefited from London 2012. And they are well behind Team USA. Just a bad year? https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/17/worst-olympic-flop-chinese-media-rio-medal-haul
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    Rio 2016 Olympic Cauldron

    I find this cauldron beautiful and disappointing all at the same time.
  12. The cauldron lighter was attacked during the 2004 marathon. He had been leading. Ended up with the bronze. Kind of a nice vindication.
  13. Yeah...CBC really botched the cultural opening, presenting instead the Games of the XXXI Commercialads.
  14. Given the number of young, attractive, diverse, and athletic people that were chosen for the Almaty presentation videos, it is pretty clear that they are trying to shake off the unfortunate Borat brand that has been applied to Kazakhstan. Sure, adding SBC to the presentation might attract some entertainment press, a few frat boy giggles, and another question or two from Prince Albert, but I don't think the IOC would have appreciated it.
  15. This was a pretty stinky race. In the end, I was hoping for Almaty, but not wholeheartedly. Part of that was simply because I never felt that Beijing was truly deserving to be the first city to host both sets of games. It is just too soon after Summer 2008 and the city just doesn't strike me as a winter sports destination. I would have preferred Munich or Stockholm (or even Montreal or Helsinki) to have that honour because of the length between hosting, but it is not to be. I must also state that I have no qualms about a Winter Games in China. Just wish it could have been a city other than Beijing.
  16. Watch it be a tied vote and Bach be forced to break it! LOL
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    Tokyo 2020 official logo

    So dry and corporate looking. Like what you'd expect from a law firm or an investment banker from the 1980s.
  18. Kinda mixed on this one. It had some really great moments, some really forgettable ones, and some just awful ones. The slow opening and the awkward cauldron lighting didn't start or end it well. The torch coming in early was a mistake (it just sat there seemingly pointless), but they way they brought it in was pretty amazing. The story felt weak and most of the show felt like it belonged in Cirque's Chapiteau, but the performers and performances in the middle sections take on their on were quite good. And then there were just other parts that felt clumsy or totally forgettable. This was not Olympic calibre, but for being a regional Games OC, it wasn't bad. You have to expect that. Example? Take a look at the ceremonies for LA '84 and Indy '87...no comparison! The cauldron lighting was completely anticlimactic. OK, the best part was the runner getting lost...twice! LOL! But why was it necessary to light it outside? Especially since it was a small cauldron to begin with? It just felt lacking. The arrival of the flags were also kind of awkward, but O Canada was great! If you took the entrance of the Canadian flag from Vancouver 2010, the dynamic vocal performance of Toronto 2015, and the orchestral interpretation from Montreal 1976, you'd have a near perfect presentation. Anyway, in the end...it was a decent show fitting to the occasion and definitely a patented Cirque show. Congrats Toronto...and good luck with the Games.
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    Vancouver 2010 Legacies

    And lit in the morning. Should have been in the evening so people could get out an enjoy/relive it. But then again, it has been very rainy today. But good thing it was Vancouver 2010 and not Vancouver 2015...snow conditions this year are absolutely terrible. Anyway, great memories from five years ago. Feeling very nostalgic today.
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    He went to Sochi and caused the fifth ring to malfunction.
  21. The South African Paralympic champion who inspired the world by his appearance in the 2012 London Olympic Games has been charged with killing his girlfriend. Early reports state he may have thought she was an intruder. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21455453#TWEET602054
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    Legacy 1964

  23. Brazil has one of the world's largest populations, one of its fastest growing economies, and in a few days, it will receive the Olympic flag from the Great Britain as host of the next Olympic Games. So looking ahead through the next four years how will they fare on the podium at the Rio 2016 Games and what is the country doing to ensure they have a stellar performance on the medal table? We always see a host boost in medals - Spain almost matched their all-time medal haul to date at the 1992 Barcelona Games; Australia jumped up into the Top 10 for several Games in the build up and as a legacy to Sydney 2000; and even the much maligned (and gold-less) 1976 Games of Montreal proved to be Canada's largest medal haul to date since the 1932 Los Angeles Games. While Brazil is not a traditional Olympic medal power, it has made improvements on that record. Starting with the 1996 Games in Atlanta, they have improved their score from their previous average of 0-3 medals prior to the 1980s and 4-8 average during the 1980s. This table from Wikipedia shows their performance at the previous 4 Olympiads and currently in London (end of Day 12) they have 10 medals, one of them, a gold, that was the first ever in gymnastics in the country and Latin America. Olympics | G | S | B | T | Rank 1996 Atlanta | 3 | 3 | 9 | 15 | 25 2000 Sydney | 0 | 6 | 6 | 12 | 53 2004 Athens | 5 | 2 | 3 | 10 | 16 2008 Beijing | 3 | 4 | 8 | 15 | 23 So what can we expect in 2016 when Rio de Janeiro plays host to the Games of the XXXI Olympiad?