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  1. Certainly from a North America perspective, the stuff of legends surround the contests of 1960, 1980, 2002 and 2010. While 1998 and 2006 were 'Dream' Teams that became 'Scream' Teams - nightmares on ice. The pressure on the Canadian team is always pretty intense as the sport is deeply engrained in the nation's psyche, but I don't think the pressure is as intense this time as it was in 2010. We want a repeat, but the victory in Vancouver was a national event and at times it almost felt that a big reason for Vancouver pursuing the 2010 Games was for that moment. The Russians, however, now have
  2. They're a stupid idea, but are they in trouble? They're for 14-18 year olds...because waiting until you are 19 to get into the regular "Old" Olympics is too long? Aren't most gymnasts in that age group anyway? You know what being 14 to 18 is called? Being a teenager. A time of zits, gangly bodies, awkward self awareness and goofy sex.
  3. Unfortunately, I had a lot of things going on in my professional life last week, so I haven't been able to watch as much as I had hoped, but from what I'm seeing, these are quite beautiful Games and the Russians have done a pretty good job of packaging and presenting them. I don't think anyone would or should expect the atmosphere to be anything like what you saw on the streets of Vancouver or London. Sochi is smaller and the Russians aren't like that. But once again, the Olympic Games show that while the stories for seven years are all about expenses and security and organization and legacy
  4. Let me Google that for you... How to Engrave an Olympic Medal from that authority of sports...the Wall Street Journal.
  5. Ah, well Atlanta also had a glitch. The wick didn't light properly and didn't zip up the line as fast as it should have. They even cut the music for a bit. I kinda blame Ali for that. He lit the top of the wick and I think it should have been lit from the bottom. And perhaps the wick should have been a bit further up the line. Ali having to bend over like that was also a bit awkward. Then again, Atlanta's cauldron was a hot mess, so maybe it was fitting.
  6. Could it be because of the big time difference? I wake up in the morning and find out on Facebook or other online media who won what while I was sleeping. There's a 12 hour difference between Sochi and Vancouver, for example, and 9 hours for the Montreal-Toronto time zone.
  7. Vague memories of Sarajevo but HUGE first memories of Los Angeles 1984. The Soviet-bloc boycott meant Canada kicked ass. And my family watched for two weeks, wrapped in Canadian flags and cheering on our 10 gold medalists. It was also the first time my parents allowed me to stay up passed midnight. Interest in the bidding process began around 1990 in the fight for the 1996 Centennial Games. I had first learned of the bidding process while watching the opening ceremony of the 1988 Seoul Games. When the Norwegian team entered the stadium, the CBC's Brian Williams talked about Lillehammer winnin
  8. The opening ceremonies of the Games of Mexico and Montreal didn't focus on anything except the athletes and protocol segments. A few dances, yes, but prior to boycotted* Moscow 1980 (the Games you don't 'count', which happened to attract more athletes and countries than in all the Games that preceded the Rome Olympics some 20 years earlier), there was little more to the Olympic opener than a march of athletes, a few speeches, and the Olympic flag and flame. *It was Jimmy Carter who spoiled the Moscow Games.
  9. I don't think Germany would do a history lesson type of opening ceremony anyway. It would probably be some dance moves to techno euro pop, a bunch of guys in lederhosen, and some funky modern artists tagging the stadium floor with spray paint.
  10. Hakuna-maStockholm. Too early to predict anything and you all know that. Learn your history, lest you repeat it.
  11. I for one am happy to hear the ol' CBC Olympic intro music again. It has pretty much been the same since Seoul 1988, just re-orchestrated with each Olympiad, adding a bit of local culture/sound into the mix.
  12. I suppose they won't be willing to fork out $153 billion with 10 years inflation.
  13. I guess that would make you the only thing that repeats itself more than a Norwegian Winter Olympics.
  14. I don't think it will ever happen. Not in my lifetime, anyway. And while I see the benefits, I prefer things the way they are. The variety gives us both a cultural experience and, when done right, allows a city to benefit in a once-in-a-generation kind of thing. Barcelona reaped huge benefits as a tourist destination. Vancouver got a wealth of new transportation links. London got a revitalized East End. And even Montreal benefited from 1976 with new venues and sports facilities all around the city that are still in use today (and I'm not talking about the Olympic park). Certainly, a permanent
  15. Vancouver had a pickup truck and Sochi had an empty parking lot. So I guess Pyeongchang will have Hyundai factory?
  16. A nice job. Very beautiful ceremony. The ring fail...meh. Shyiet happens. It was a beautiful effect, despite the glitch. Only have two things with the event I'm not over the moon about was that there were too many summer athletes in the flame relay and they should have built the cauldron closer to or adjacent to the stadium.
  17. The Vancouver cauldron is a permanent fixture at Jack Poole Plaza on the Waterfront. And trust me, it gets lit a lot and people still flock to it to snap photos.
  18. Doha is my fave. It has a stadium on every block and they use money for toilet paper. You're not supposed to have booze there, but you wouldn't want to bring it anyway because the camels steal it from you and drunk camels are even bigger a-holes than sober ones. I also like Detroit because with all its abandoned buildings, its kinda like seeing the world after the Zombie Apocalypse. Also very cool is London because no one from there ever reminds you of where they are from.
  19. I fully expect the 2014 Games to run very smoothly. The Russians will make that happen. But come on...the Games were forced up on them by the man in Moscow. At around 350,000 people, it's a sub-tropical summer resort city with a population around the size of Halifax, Nova Scotia or Bakersfield, California or Canberra, Australia that now suddenly has a cluster of expensive, large and very fancy sporting venues. Do any of those other cities have such a massive need for those kind of venues? Is the culture of Sochi so that they will be attracting big sporting and concert activities in the future
  20. Sochi made a video talking about how they learned the lessons of white elephants and unusable venues post-Games? That's like Miley Cyrus saying she learned how to be modest and demure from Madonna and Cher.
  21. I would be in Canada. Just on the East Coast. Either living on a farm in the Maritimes or working in Halifax or Montreal. And if I was also my current age, I'd be older than Vancouver.
  22. "Do you think the LA cauldron will be bigger and better than the one used in 1932?" "I hope Bruce Jenner lights the flame. His face is the ideal image of the All-American man." "First Moscow and now Sarajevo? Are all future Olympics going to be in Commie countries?" "The Winter Olympics are just too small for a city like Calgary." "Olympics in China? World Cup in South Africa? Never!"
  23. That could be because it is. The main Sochi 2014 complex was basically built on a seaside field, next to the airport, 30 km from the centre of Sochi in a community called Adler, just a kilometer or so from the border with Georgia. http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/24/worldsport/gallery/sochi-olympic-village-satellite/
  24. I think the bigger problem is accommodating the media. 10,000 broadcasters and journalists in Vancouver covering less than 3000 athletes. That's a lot of talking heads.
  25. Maybe the day after Hell freezes over. Or after the closing ceremony of the Toronto Olympics.
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