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  1. Judging by this press release, it appears that they are going to produce something more spectacular and visually appealing than the feared dancing beavers and mounties. And it will be pan-Canadian. Good start!
  2. Canada's program to be number 1 at the 2010 Olympics has a new head (Roger Jackson) and a new logo. News Release with new Logo I can't post the logo because of VANOC's trade-mark laws, but it is basically three maple leaves in gold, silver & bronze with the old 2010 bid logo font.
  3. No, that is the CN Tower. La Tour de Montréal is the tallest inclined/leaning tower.
  4. AskMen.com is a Montreal based website.
  5. I can't believe that five years have gone by so fast! The Sydney Games were a model of excellent organization led by a country known for their passion for sport and a city famous for the beauty of its setting, its landmarks, and its welcoming spirit. Sydney 2000 was a high point in the Olympic Movement. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oy, Oy, Oy! Good on ya!
  6. I don't like the Legacies logo. Looks like Ilanaaq doing yoga. Or a Microsoft butterfly being chased by a shark.
  7. Legacies Now unveiled its new logo on June 14, 2005.... Story of the logo
  8. This is not a design contest, it is a contest to do work. An expression of interest to submit work not actually do the work. This is perhaps what VANOC should have done in retrospect. They cannot use the bid logo. But below is a proposed mark for the bid that didn't make it...maybe this is an idea.
  9. 2010 LegaciesNow - which will manage the sport, cultural and social legacies of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games - is seeking a new logo. See attached: 2010 Legacies Now Invitation for new Logo Design They used the bid logo because they were part of the bid, but will not be using Ilanaaq. So they are seeking a professional firm or designer to come up with a logo.
  10. I'd worry more about rabid beavers knawing the wood than termites.
  11. Architecturally, the building isn't that fascinating and it won't become an icon for the city. But what I really like about it is the fact that the building will almost disappear into the landscape of the waterfront. The focus won't be on the building but on the best feature of that location - the views looking north and west to the Mountains, the Ocean and Stanley Park. I used to work for a company located in an office tower in that area and the views from my office were stunning. The only thing I miss about that place were the views from my office on a bright sunny day. As long as the interior works and flows well, there are things to do and the views are sustained, that's all conference planners will care about anyway.
  12. I sit on a local business committee and we recently had a presentation by the people from Tourism Vancouver. The convention centre was one of the topics discussed. Their research indicates that when ever a "movable" annual conference is held in Vancouver (by "movable" I mean one that is hosted in a different city each year), the Vancouver conference attracts an average of 12% greater attendance than the previous conference. That is why the city is focusing so much energy on the new facility. Well, that and the Olympics. But another factor...in the next 5-10 years, China is planning on constructing over 200 new conference centres, many of which will be competing for international conferences.
  13. Ha ha...north of the current convention centre would have it floating in the water. The old and new kind of form a backward L shape.
  14. Yes, I believe that the general public can use the pool...its used as a community recreation centre.
  15. I believe that a pair of African nations had pulled out of the Games after having marched into the stadium at the Opening Ceremony. So while they participated in the ceremony, they did not compete in the Games. The most ill-concieved boycott in Olympic history.
  16. This has gone from being kind of fun into just another episode of "Games of Our Lives".
  17. WOG in Atlanta? What would the athletes ski on? Frozen peaches?
  18. I thought the Village was created first for the Olympics and then handed over to the University after the Games for dorms.
  19. Would never happen because Atlanta wouldn't have a main Olympic stadium ready in time and a village would be tough to construct so quickly. If an Olympic Games are ever cancelled because of a fear that the city wouldn't be ready, they would almost certainly go to a past host as the time line wouldn't allow a new city to pick up the torch. Why would you take the Games away from a city that is 75% ready and give them to a city that would only be 25% ready and have much less time than the city that was stripped?
  20. What I find interesting about this thread is that it shows that Olympic hosting is like a house of cards. Pull one card out and it changes everything.
  21. How's this for a new worst case scenario. 1990 - In a surprise final show down, Belgrade wins the 1996 Games by one vote. 1991 - The 1998 Winter Olympics are awarded to Jaca in Spain. 1993 - The 2000 Games are awared to Beijing. That same year, the collapse of Yugoslavia forces the IOC to move the Centennial Games. They consider only past hosts and offer them to Montreal. 1995 - The 2002 Winter Games are awarded to Salt Lake. But feeling an early vindication, Quebec votes to leave Canada. 1996 - The Second Montreal Games started off with stellar organization and appear to be almost perfect, but following the referendum they are suddenly boycotted by a bitter Canada and last minute funding and security are lost. Brunie Surin wins gold in front of the home Quebec team, but the reputation of Montreal is utterly destroyed and Quebec as a nation is deemed an early failure. 1997 - Buenos Aries is awarded the 2004 Games. 1998 - A warm snap hits Spain and there is no snow for Jaca. Ski events take place in Albertville. Scandal sweeps through Salt Lake. 1999 - Torino is awarded the 2006 Games. 2000 - Tempers flare over memories of 1989 and there is a major boycott of Beijing by many Western democracies. 2001 - Argentina faces an economic meltdown, they resign the 2004 Games. The Games are moved to Tokyo. Dr. Kim from South Korea is elected IOC president. Meanwhile, the 2008 Games are awarded to Havana. 2002 - Following the terrorist attacks, the USA cancels the Salt Lake City Games. Although the IOC is displeased with Canada's boycott of the 1996 Montreal Games, the Games are quickly moved to Calgary. 2003 - The 2010 Games are awarded to Pyeongchang. Months later, it is uncovered that the mountain proposed doesn't meet international standards and an even bigger bribing scandal is uncovered. 2004 - The Tokyo Games open but are a financial disaster because there are no sponsors - scared of scandals and sudden cancellations - and security threats following 9-11. 2005 - the International Olympic Committee files for bankruptcy. The Olympic Movement is bought by Ted Turner who permanently relocates the Olympics Games to Atlanta.
  22. I know its all hypothetical, but the IOC would never strip a city of the Olympics because of your Athens to LA situation, and by that I mean taking about the Salt Lake City Games. Also, Beijing could never win by beating Toronto by 3 votes and San Francisco by 4 votes. Those margins are too close to allow any city to get a majority. And a majority of votes is needed, not just a higher vote count. But so far, this has been a fun thread...
  23. Actually, this is kind of hard...if Athens had won 1996, Toronto could have made a decent stab at either 2000 or 2004. Europe would have been hard pressed to get a Games until 2012 with two back to back in the 1990's and the USOC probably wouldn't have kept Atlanta for very long. And then there's the Winter dynamic. So here goes... Athens wins 1996...OK. With no American host right before it, Salt Lake easily wins 1998. Sydney, Beijing, Istanbul, Atlanta and Toronto bid for 2000 with no Europeans in the race (they know with Barcelona and Athens before them, they can't hope to win). The USOC considers dumping Atlanta or not bidding at all, having just won the Winter Games of 1998, but fulfills a committment to Atlanta and bids. However, nothing really changes. The Aussies win it in a showdown with Beijing. Beijing is stung and vows that it won't bid again. Nagano wins 2002. For 2004, the USOC finally dumps Atlanta after 2 consecutive losses. This time, though, they go with Chicago (NYC and SF haven't formulated enough interest in bidding by this time). The short list includes Chicago, Rome, Cape Town, Toronto and Buenos Aries. BA drops first. Then Cape Town. It is almost too close to call on Rome, Chicago and Toronto. But with SLC only 6 years behind, Chicago could seriously drop. Torino 2006 proceeds only if Toronto or Chicago wins 2004. Sion wins 2006 if Rome wins 2004. Beijing decides to return to the bidding process...nothing really changes though. The bidders may differe - Toronto and Chicago may or may not be in the running - a North American win in 2004 ends a North American bid in 2008, but a Rome win in 2004 leaves it open for both. It's pointless though. Beijing wins it easily on the second ballot. Vancouver wins only if Toronto fails in 2004. Toronto cannot win against Beijing in 2008. Otherwise, Salzburg defeats PC on the first ballot - 59 to 51. The 2012 race looks the same. The only difference is NYC. If Chicago takes 2004, they don't get a shot. If Toronto or Rome took it, NYC is still in the hunt. If Toronto is still without a Games, they pull out after 3 failed bids and chase the Commonwealth Games or Expo.
  24. Montreal Opening Ceremony - Highlights Saturday afternoon at 3:00pm on July 17, 1976, trumpeters sound out the call at Stade Olympique as the flags of the 132 member countries of the IOC are hoisted. The announcer calls out “Mesdames, messieurs, Sa Majesté la Reine. Ladies and gentlemen, Her Majesty the Queen.” The 73,000 in attendance cheer on the arrival of the Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, and her son, Prince Andrew. IOC President Lord Killanin, COJO President Roger Rousseau, and other dignitaries greet the Queen in the Royal Box. The Queen is seated next to Jules Léger, Governor General of Canada. The 8,200 athletes from the 94 participating nations enter the stadium, circling the track to gather on the infield. The loudest cheer is reserved for the Canadian team, which round out the 120-minute parade. The Queen remains standing the entire time, greeting each delegation on its arrival. At exactly 4:34 pm, Her Majesty opens the Montreal Games…”I declare open the Olympic Games of 1976, celebrating the XXI Olympiad of the modern era.” The Olympic Hymn commences and 8 athletes carry the Olympic Flag around the track and it is raised. The announcer then calls out “M. Georges Kronawitter, maire de la ville de Munich, va remettre à Lord Killanin, président du Comité international olympique, le drapeau officiel offert en 1920 par le Comité olympique belge au mouvement olympique. Lord Killanin va transmettre le drapeau au maire de la ville de Montréal, M. Jean Drapeau”. The mayor of Munich hands over the Antwerp Flag to the IOC president, who in turn passes it off to the mayor of Montreal. The doves are released and the trumpets announce the arrival of the Olympic flame. Sandra Henderson of Toronto and Stéphane Préfontaine of Montréal, symbolic of Canada’s French and English heritage, circle the track and climb the podium at the centre of the infield to ignite the white saucer shaped cauldron. The 94 flag carriers form a semi-circle around Abbie Hoffman, who earlier carried the Canadian flag into the stadium. Pierre Saint-Jean, a weightlifter, takes the flag in hand, faces the Queen and on behalf of all athletes proclaims the Olympic Oath in both English and French. Maurice Forget does the same and recites the judges and officials oath. The choir and orchestra then perform the national anthem of Canada and competitions for the Games of the XXI Olympiad are underway.
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