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  1. Who wrote their horrible supporting document? While it's bad form to start off by slagging the snow in Pyeongchang, it's kinda made worse by the fact they don't have a downhill mountain and are probably looking for help from past Winter Olympic hosts way out in Western Canada. I like Quebec City and think they would make a magical Winter Olympic host, but they have a lot to sort out.
  2. So...Vancouver 2030 has a bid corporation set up, including support from Vancouver 2010 CEO John Furlong. They even have a logo. They still have to get support from City Hall, the Canadian Olympic Committee, and others, but the early machinery is coming into place to pursue a bid for Winter 2030. Though so far, none of the publicly named members or sponsors of the 2030 bid group appear to be heavy hitters within the community, other than Furlong, who seems to be mostly just providing vocal supporter in the press (and likely consulting advice). https://bc.ctvnews.ca/bid-to-host-2030-olympi
  3. The full opening ceremony of the Games of the XXI Olympiad. Includes the complete parade of athletes and speeches that previous Montreal 1976 videos had cut with slightly better quality (despite the Russian commentary from this Soviet-era broadcast). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pI5fy9sD5kU&t=4672s
  4. It looks like the Death Star caught in a whisk. Or an onion.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. It gets lit often. They spark it up for USC football games at the stadium, for example.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. I find this cauldron beautiful and disappointing all at the same time.
  13. The cauldron lighter was attacked during the 2004 marathon. He had been leading. Ended up with the bronze. Kind of a nice vindication.
  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 Be
  16. So dry and corporate looking. Like what you'd expect from a law firm or an investment banker from the 1980s.
  17. 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 Ol
  18. 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.
  19. He went to Sochi and caused the fifth ring to malfunction.
  20. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/09/10/national/torch-runner-from-1964-tokyo-olympics-dies-at-69/#.VBENFkt0vKc
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