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  1. You have a point, but still, those people don't have the final authority in their respective countries. They can have influence, but they can't make executive decisions. And they can only do that if they chose to do so. Benedict XVI has chosen to leave the Papacy without an election kicking him out or a term limit imposed on him. He isn't likely to going to be behind the scenes pulling strings or intrigues in the Vatican. He resigned/retired because he no longer has the energy to do so and his health is declining. He may be asked for advice from time to time, but he isn't exactly going to be like Juan Antonio Samaranch, lurking in the background still muddling about in the politics of the organization. Otherwise, he would have stayed on.
  2. People are making too much of a fuss about this. Truth is, he won't have much power or influence over the Church because he's probably dying. He just didn't want to be carted around in that "Weekend at Bernie's" fashion that John Paul II allowed himself to go through. There are ex-leaders all over the place. People aren't looking to George Bush or Tony Blair to resolve the issues of their respective countries because they are no longer in power. We all move on.
  3. Calgary did put in a domestic bid for the 2010 Games, but placed third behind Quebec City and the ultimate winner, Vancouver. I, too, am of the mind that Canada will not host the Winter Games for a minimum of 20 years after Vancouver. Calgary would be in good position to mount another bid as the city is prosperous, growing and has the legacy of 1988. While Canada is an emerged winter sports power with two previous Winter hostings and a national DNA that is embedded with snow and ice, the country doesn't really have a lot of options for hosting the Winter Olympics. Only Alberta and British Columbia have the mountain heights and populations bases needed. While Quebec City makes for an attractive option in the Rest of Canada, it has mountain issues to overcome. Anywhere else in the country with big enough mountains are far too remote from urban centers to merit hosting. That said, I think a second Calgary Olympics would rely more on new or heavily rebuilt venues, in contrast to their vision for their failed 2010 bid. While Calgary's venues seem to be mostly well maintained, they would be 40+ years old by then and the Olympics themselves have grown since 1988. Certainly the ski facilities could be reused, but I think the Oval and arenas would be rebuilt. I can see the Calgary Flames supporting a new star arena if the city were to bid again. And really, in Canada I think the list of Winter host options are surprisingly limited - Calgary and Vancouver for certain. Quebec City a maybe. And then a smattering of smaller places, mostly in British Columbia such as Kelowna in the Okanagan (population ~150K) or Nelson in the Kootenay region (population ~20K), or Banff or Jasper in Alberta (both in heavily protected National Parks).
  4. And if you look at the results of the original poll now, Chicago wouldn't even be a factor.
  5. I haven't read or viewed anything on this for a few hours, but I think we all need to just wait for more news and evidence to come to light before assessing the situation. But as was stated in today's National Post in Canada: It is somewhat of a statement about South Africa, too. I was there recently. Thought it was beautiful. But it is has some big problems and crime, poverty, and violence are all part of that mix. And there were moments I didn't feel 100% safe when I was there. So, for someone high profile who grew up there, I can see why Pistorius might be somewhat on edge and a bit 'trigger happy'. Let's just see what unfolds.
  6. They didn't even score a single vote, but twenty years before Mayor Drapeau and team won over the IOC in Amsterdam, there was a Summer Games bid from Montreal for the Games of the XVI Olympaid. Melbourne narrowly defeated Buenos Aires to host but Montreal did have a plan and it centered on Parc Maisonneuve, now better known as Parc Olympique. As you can see, the proposed 1956 bid fits into the same somewhat triangular spot that eventually played host to the 1976 Olympics and Roger Taillibert's concrete beast. Bound by four streets - Sherbrooke, Viau, Pie-IX, and Pierre-de-Coubertin (formerly Boyce) - this park was long viewed as the eventual home for an Olympic Games in Montreal. As you can also see, the Maurice Richard Arena built in 1962 and used for boxing and wrestling at the 1976 Games, is also hinted at in this 1950s plan.
  7. Gays are removing wrestling, with their singlets and groping, but are keen on the skimpy shorts and tight bodies of women's beach volleyball? That's the second most ridiculous thing I've read this week. The most ridiculous is that wrestling could possibly be dropped from the Olympics. This sport that shows up on Ancient Greek vases practiced by college age boys on a completely amateur level is being removed from the Olympics, yet millionaires like Rafa Nadal and Tiger Woods are getting shots at Olympic glory. I know some will say the Olympics should be about 'the absolute best in sport' but many of these pros don't take the Olympics all that seriously because it isn't a Wimbeldon, a Green Jacket, or a World Cup (and the millions that come with those prizes). But for sports like wrestling, track, swimming, etc., an Olympic medal is the ultimate in their sport. We'll have to see how the rest of the IOC votes (as this was an EC decision) in Buenos Aires, but the sport could be saved by the public and social media outcry and because the IOC general membership doesn't always go by what the EC suggests or pushes (just ask some past wanna be hosts that came out on top of their respective Evaluation Commission).
  8. True, the roster of sports for the Winter Games grew. Calgary was somewhat of a catalyst in that growth, though. Not much changed on the winter program between Innsbruck 1964 and Sarajevo 1984. But starting with Calgary, the Games were extended from 13 to 16 days with a half dozen or so events added each time after that. In the 22 years between Calgary 1988 and Vancouver 2010, the number of events and sports on the winter program practically doubled. Almost the same for the number of delegations and participants. Even Team Canada almost doubled in size between 1988 and 2010. And of course, the size of host cities, for the most part, got larger - no more Cortina or Lake Placid types - as well as the significance of the Winter Games to the host country - as witnessed by what Russia and Korea are planning. But Canada's five medals in Calgary was the country's second best medal haul in the first 15 Winter Olympics. The seven won in 1932 at Lake Placid was the previous record. In the six Winter Games after Calgary, seven would be the country's smallest haul (in Albertville in 1992). So Canada's Winter Olympic medals spurt came as a result of the growing size of the Winter Games, the legacy of Calgary, the build up to Vancouver and a change in attitude and interest toward winter sport that isn't so focused on the ice hockey medal. Still important to us, but not our only hope for a medal (and for much of the 1970s and 1980s, not much of a hope there, either).
  9. 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
  10. I don't think that Calgary 1988 is forgotten, but as said, it is just that Vancouver 2010 is more recent and for Canadians, it brought a lot of victories and we could share and experience those Games through social media. For Canadians, the one big victory we had in Calgary was Elizabeth Manley's surprise silver medal in women's figure skating. But without Calgary's excellent legacy, there wouldn't have been a Vancouver. Calgary eased the woes of Montreal and allowed us to invest more heavily in winter sport. Canada now had Olympic calibre ski jumps, sliding tracks, cross country ski trails, an indoor skating oval, and a greater passion for the Winter Olympics. Before 1988, Canada's winter interests was mostly on the skating rink (ice hockey or figure skating) with the odd speed skater or downhiller in there for good measure. After 1988, the roster was wide open, evidenced by 14 gold medals in Vancouver. And I'd also say that the Calgary Olympics also captured the world's interest in winter sport. Do you think Jamaicans paid much attention to Innsbruck or Grenoble? And with big hitters like the Two Brians, Katarina, and others, with movies like The Cutting Edge and Cool Runnings based off them, they had an impact for years after...even to today.
  11. While today marks the third year anniversary of the opening of the Vancouver Games, we're also just a day away from another Canadian Winter Olympic landmark anniversary. Wednesday, February 13 marks the 25th Anniversary of the opening of the XV Olympic Winter Games in Calgary. Global TV Coverage of Calgary '88 - 25th Anniversary These Games gave us The Battle of the Brians and the Battle of the Carmens. Eddie the Eagle and the Jamaican bobsled team. Alberto Tomba's triumph and Dan Jansen's tragedy. These were the last Winter Games of the Soviet Union and the DDR, the first in Canada, and the first to be extended to two full weeks. Calgary was the largest cities to host the Winter Games (at the time, only Sapporo before it was bigger) and left a stellar legacy of competition and training facilities. While Canada once again (following suit with the country's performance at the 1976 Summer Games in Montreal) failed to win a gold medal at home grown games, the legacy of Calgary paved the way to many of the 14 gold medals landed in Vancouver. They were at times a little bit hokey and very much 1980s and Western in flavour, but they were exciting, well thought out Games that gave us a lot of memories and star performances. Share your thoughts and memories of Calgary '88.
  12. But in recent times, the sponsors want the logo available early so they can start building their marketing and promotions plans. Beijing, Vancouver, London, Sochi and Rio all released their new emblems about five years ahead of their respective games. I think that is fair. And it isn't like we brush aside an Olympics one year away for one five years away just because they released their logo. Most in the general population won't even know much about Pyeongchang until about late in 2017.
  13. A flaming beret thrown into the cauldron to light the Olympic flame?
  14. This story is so fascinating! A 500+ year mystery solved and history nerds the world over (myself included) geeking out like mad. Now...I think it is time to test the two young skeletons they found in the Tower a few centuries ago. Find out if they were indeed Edward V and his brother Richard.
  15. Berlin 1936 Montreal 1976 Los Angeles 1984 Barcelona 1992 Sydney 2000 Athens 2004, Calgary 1988 and Lillehammer 1994 would be on the short list. I attended Vancouver 2010 and considered doing a road trip to Salt Lake 2002 but chickened out (and regret it).
  16. Well...the John Furlong story got a bit messier today. More allegations from past students and ex-wives... http://www.vancouversun.com/news/metro/John+Furlong+faces+explosive+allegations/7851722/story.html
  17. Why would they need to invent something like Sandy Hook? Columbine. Aurora. Countless other incidents of gun violence. These conspiracy theorists have too much time on their hands and they are way too afraid of everything.
  18. From that perspective, I think the Olympics of the 1970s and 1980s are far more interesting than Beijing 2008. They were all effected by the conflict in Palestine, the Cold War, the PRC/ROC question and Apartheid, plus they had boycotts, terrorism, communism, commercialism and fiasco. I voted for Montreal 1976 because as a Canadian, you'll find loads of material - everything from the African boycott, to Quebec nationalism, to the Chinese issue, to the post-Munich security debate, to power of unionized labour, to the financial fiasco, and so on.
  19. I've had about six or seven really good years in a row which included a lot of great experiences, events, and loads of travel. So for some reason, 2012 feels like it might have been the last of that stretch. Not that I'm expecting bad things to come but I just don't have anything exciting to look forward to in 2013. I'll mostly be doing boring stuff like sorting out career things, working on finances and health/fitness and doing some family things. No big events or exotic trips planned right now.
  20. I didn't realize that a rich small city like Doha not being able to secure the Olympics was such a serious world issue. Thank you, Sarkozy for addressing this - the most crucial issue of our time! And that silly Tony Blair wasting his time on something as trivial as Palestine. Pffttt!
  21. Rio also has more favourable weather conditions, is the most recognizable city in the 5th most populous country in the world, which is also a growing economic power, and the city and country represented the Olympic ambitions of an entire continent. Tiny little Doha doesn't quite have that weight behind its punch. I'd also say that Rio's success has more in common with Beijing's success than Rio's failures had with Doha's failures.
  22. Maybe after Saint Louis and Antwerp get a crack at it again.
  23. Right now, Istanbul is the leading candidate for that role. They only have their own bid and those of two other cities to get in their way. Beyond that, I think there are too many other issues in the region to seriously consider a Games there in the near future. And one of the biggest is the sporting tradition/legacy in the region. Pouring oil money into air conditioned stadia isn't going to solve that one.
  24. Wow...it's Mr. Sparkle! Now in Froot Loops colours.
  25. My point is more to the idea of cutting out the athletes from the ceremony. I don't think it can be done and I don't think it is fair to cut that part out just for some more POW and kids dancing in silly costumes. Yeah, the parade can get long. But London showed that it can be handled better than in the past. The 2012 parade moved by at a good pace, in my mind. Basically, I'm content with the formula as it is. A good narrative, a good flow, some wow moments here and there, a parade and the pomp and protocol. That's all you need. What I don't like is when they try to hard to cheese it up - like getting celebrities to carry the Olympic flag, weird interpretations of national anthems, or awkward acts that don't seem to fit. The ceremony should be about the host country telling their story and how they fit into the world and the value of sport and Olympism. I often feel that sport gets left out of the equation. Winter ceremonies seem to do that much better. Summer ceremonies are all about 'look at how awesome our country is'.
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