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  1. This is just my opinion and I'm probably a purist of the highest order. In my opinion, a two-run sprint downhill should be used only under exceptional circumstances. The past weekend was exceptional; the races were already moved from from St. Anton to Zauchensee, and neither Zauchensee was able to prepare a full downhill course. When the options were a sprint downhill or no downhill at all, the right decision was made. That actually wasn't the premiere for the two-run sprint downhill. That format was used in Kitzbühel in the 90s in the Friday race, to distinguish it from Saturday's tradition
  2. I'm fine with a two-run sprint downhill when a full-length one-run downhill is impossible for unforeseen reasons, like next weekend at women's races in Zauchensee where they run on a shorted course due to lack of snow. But I like your idea of two full runs. A reason why I don't rate the Olympics so high in alpine skiing (below the World Cup titles and alongside classic races like Hahnenkamm) is that they're really not that different from World Cup races; just a bigger TV audience but actually also a weaker field as even big ski nations can send only four athletes. If I were in charge, I'd ape
  3. The alpine skiing downhill event alongside super-G, long-distance cross-country skiing, and Nordic combined are events whose inclusion for the 2022 Winter Olympics is threatened. (Elsewhere I've also seen normal hill ski jumping mentioned.) http://www.skiracing.com/premium/will-the-olympic-downhill-be-eliminated A reason for eliminating those would be reduce costs and have shorter ski slopes and cross-country trails, less snowmaking, and just one ski jumping hill. While I think the cost of Olympics must be reduced, it should not affect the essentials of the Games. Alpine skiing has four plu
  4. That's what they were planning and some people found that problematic. And Stockholm-Åre distance is about the same as Stockholm-Lillehammer. Åre might be more ready and better for Alpine skiing. Lillehammer had Alpine skiing in two venues Kvitfjell (downhill & super-G) and Hafjell (giant slalom & slalom), Åre can host all Alpine skiing events at the same mountain with a common finish area. Besides, I think Lillehammer doesn't have separate downhill slopes for men and women which is a requirement for the Alpine Worlds and what they have in Åre. On the other hand, Lillehammer would ha
  5. Obviously sharing the costs between two countries would help them but otherwise hard to say why this would be a stronger bid than a one-country bid. Oslo is the only Nordic city able to host the Olympics with Alpine skiing venues within a reasonable distance, in Norway (Lillehammer region).
  6. Davis Cup has had also some other interesting venues. This year's final in Lille: The soccer stadium has some seats installed below the other half of the soccer field. That half of the field is moved aside to get those seats exposed. Also, the stadium has a retractable roof and the Davis Cup final was played indoors. The final some years ago in Seville: The court was built at one end of an athletics stadium and a roof was installed above the tennis court. The benefit from doing that is to use the existing media center of the stadium. That would make sense also at the Olympics. No need
  7. Still, existing venues can be temporarily converted for other sports. As an example, a baseball stadium converted for Davis Cup tennis in San Diego:
  8. Triple jump has specialists, only few are good both in it and long jump. 200m is a way less special event. While it's the best event for some sprinters, they usually do also 100m/200m, while not necessarily at the Olympics.
  9. I really don't think the number of athletics events is the biggest problem of the Olympics. You need the athletics stadium anyway. I think more important would be reducing the number of venues than the number of events and thus athletes. But if some athletics events should be dropped, it would be only running events. Each throw and jump sport are so different that they deserve their place in the Olympics. I have the distances I might drop in parenthesis: 100m (200m) 400m (800m) 1500m (5000m) 10000m Also, I feel reducing the number of athletics events might devalue the Olympics. There
  10. I was just wondering if southern hemisphere countries had any chances to get the Winter Olympics. Let's imagine some of those countries would have a strong bid, like a perfect WOG host city. But, the scheduling. Would there be any chance for August WOG? That'd be the offseason for most winter sports. Though ski jumpers have their summer competitions, Alpine skiers train in southern hemisphere and there are some lower-level races there. And the irregual World Cup of Hockey has been in August/September. If there were a strong candidate for the WOG in southern hemisphere, I mean with winter spor
  11. I can't get so excited about the YOG. A quadrennial championship just doesn't suit to junior sports. A 15-year-old isn't on the level of a 18-year-old.2
  12. Crashed ice is a sport the Winter Olympics would badly need. That should be a sport attracting youth.
  13. I don't think having events outside the host country is a problem if they are within a reasonable distance. Which is the best option: a) new venue with little use, existing venue outside the host country less than 100km from the host city, or c) existing venue in the host country over 500km from the host city? I think it's the option b. Have to ask about what they mean with allowing events in the host country ouside the host city? Already some events like sailing or ski sports take place outside the host city.
  14. Given Ukraine's current situation, there's no way I can see them making the shortlist.
  15. Still, I wouln't say one hockey arena in Lillehammer would be so bad. It's not like it's apart from everything, there are some sports in the Lillehammer region anyway.
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