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  1. It all depends now on where the Madrid backers and the 3 Spanish IOC members want to shop/party/drink/eat in 2020. Istanbul may need all of them or slightly more than half of them...we'll find out soon enough.
  2. Well...hope you didn't spend it, because it is spent! LOL
  3. Very very very close. I wouldn't be surprised if Tokyo escaped elimination itself on that first round by a vote or two. We're talking of a vote split ranging from 24-24-46 to 31-31-32.
  4. Host city winner: Istanbul First city voted out: Madrid How many voting rounds to decide the winner: Two Which sport will be added: Wrestling Who will be the new IOC president: Thomas Bach
  5. To the masses, the Olympics get discussed for a few weeks every second year or so - unless your country is particularly bad in one set, then only once in four years, or if your country/region is hosting the Olympics, then every single day for seven to ten years. But for us here? Yeah, it is a nerdy little interest. But it is our nerdy little interest! And very endearing.
  6. Yeah...although having been here for over a decade, I haven't met anyone. I guess I feel this is a bit of a 'nerdy' interest of mine and I'm kind of a private person. I don't come around here as much either. Certainly not as much as in the build up to the Vancouver games.
  7. They wouldn't be missed. I don't mean that to be cruel. They just aren't a winter games power. They're not even much of a summer games power. Only sent 3 athletes to Vancouver. And their 6 medals in London matched their combined effort for all the Olympics of the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Still, for the athletes that do qualify, would be good for them to go. Although India's presence at the winter games is more of a novelty than a contender.
  8. All these draconian measures to ban or hide something that is just a harmless part of human nature. It's just easier to let people be who they are.
  9. I don't favour a boycott (that will only punish the athletes while giving the Russians loads of medals) and it is far too late to move the Games (while Vancouver 2014 has a nice ring to it, there are only 6 months to prepare). But I think that individual spectators should stay away from Sochi. Empty streets and stadiums would embarrass the Russians. And be a waste of the billions they spent. Or cover them in pride flags...like the organizers themselves did in Moscow in 1980.
  10. Those rankings are never totally accurate, but Detroit's relatively high ranking could be a 'hangover' from Detroit's hay days. Fifty years ago, it was the fifth largest city in North America - behind New York, Mexico, Chicago and Los Angeles - and it was even in the position to bid for several Olympic Games in the 1950s and 1960s. Look at some of the old (and sadly now abandoned) buildings in Detroit and you see a city that was once wealthy, prosperous and on the move upward. That's not the case any more. But that former prosperity brought the city a certain level of status and things like professional sports teams, international conferences, and the like. The city is also still a busy international border crossing. But the glory days of the 1950s have gone the ways of Nash, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Plymouth and Mercury - and the city is sadly rusted out and up on blocks.
  11. In this world of over the top celebrity, I think Will and Kate make a good example for others to follow. Modernizing the monarchy? For an institution that is 1000+ years old, how do you propose modernizing it? By its very nature it IS ancient! The only way to truly modernize it is to democratize it, which in effect, would eliminate it. Or turn it into some bizarre reality TV show. Anyway, I wouldn't be surprised if in private they called him Alex or Alec, using Prince George or King George as his public or regnal name, just as Edward VIII was called David by most of his closest acquaintances.
  12. No, it is not good publicity. It is a set up for ridicule. There are plenty of wonderful smaller sized cities that are lovely to visit and live in...but they ain't gonna host the Olympics. Here in Canada, places like Victoria, BC and Halifax, NS are nice smaller cities. But they'll never host the Summer Games. London. Rio. Sydney. Beijing. They are all global and iconic cities that are known the world over. And they are big with big infrastructure and big money. That's the type of city that hosts the Olympics. OK yeah, once they went Atlanta and another time they were hosted in places like Antwerp and Helsinki, but that was the past. The future is BIG!
  13. Well, I guess that is a thoroughly "British" name given that Kings George I-VI were all kings of the United Kingdom (and not of England or Scotland) - despite the first few being German. And so we have the potential future King George VII or VIII (that is if Charles does change his name as hinted in the past).
  14. And Spain will have a King Felipe after Juan Carlos passes. Someone said there will be three kings after Elizabeth. That isn't necessarily guaranteed. This kid (or Charles or William for that matter) may never get to the throne. History is filled with heirs and Princes of Wales that never got to the top job. Elizabeth's mother lived a long live and Elizabeth is doing very well at 87. Charles is 64 and with this new baby hysteria, we may not need or feed him much longer. And of course, William is 31. King Whateverhisnameis may never see the throne or may be over 60-something himself. Elizabeth was crowned at age 25 and it is likely that she will be the last young monarch for sometime to come.
  15. All hail the future king! Still, happy for them. Now to know the name.
  16. Cynicism and sex jokes? Yeah, I don't see much of a difference.
  17. A year ago, I would have said that Istanbul was on track to take this with Tokyo as a close back up and Madrid further behind. In fact, I did say that...or something like it. Now? Who knows? It could be the same or the compete opposite. Or just flat out Tokyo. Or maybe the IOC will just stay in Buenos Aires and upgrade the 2018 YOGs.
  18. I have a great affection for Quebec City and think they would make an absolutely ideal setting for the Olympic Winter Games...but without a proper downhill mountain, they are just never going to be much of a consideration. Given its mild climate, Vancouver is not a true 'winter city' per se, but as a ski resort Whistler is absolutely massive and top notch. Nothing in Quebec comes even close.
  19. Can't help feeling that not allowing the Tijuana component of this bid just improved San Diego's chances about 1000 times.
  20. I often think it is harder for a city that comes in second to have to sit through the process than one that eliminated early. Must be so emotionally draining to come so close and then have to watch your opponent celebrate. I think back to Singapore in 2005. Deflated Paris 2012 had to sit there, hopes dashed and weeping, while right next to them, elated London 2012 was jumping up and down, screaming for joy. Moscow, New York and Madrid had already licked (and liquored up) their wounds for a while before that, so their tension was long gone.
  21. I'm sorry to all the Toronto 2008 supporters, but your bid, like all other 2008 bids, was dashed the second Beijing announced their intentions to bid. Sometimes, it is your moment and sometimes it isn't and for the 2008 Games, the IOC was going to throw every bid under the bus, no matter how sound, compact or appealing, so they could throw China a bone.
  22. Can you believe this was ten years ago today? In Prague, three cities went in. Salzburg exited early, to the surprise of many. And Vancouver overcame PyeongChang's early lead to claim the rights to the XXI Olympic Winter Games. As a resident of Vancouver, it was pretty much a dream come true. Hard to believe it all came and went...in the blink of an eye.
  23. Monaco? The country is half the size of Vancouver's Stanley Park. I don't see how they could host anything other than Olympic meetings and card games.
  24. Wow...here's something we haven't seen in a long time. Gamesbidders pretty much in pleasant agreement that they are pleased with a recently launched Olympic design! LOL! But keeping on trend, I'll add my praise to the chorus...very nice!
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