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  1. Taking away the World Games will achieve nothing. What punishment could you possibly give the people of Alabama that would be worse than actually living in Alabama?
  2. Why hasn't anyone mentioned this to Greenland? All they have to do is prevent snow and ice from gathering, and they can transform their country into a verdant paradise. For a non-snarky response, how do you propose that they do this? Dynamite the mountain slopes and valleys every year and then take the broken ice out in trucks?
  3. London and Rio both sold lots of tickets. IIRC 2.7 million for London and 1.7 for Rio. In liberalized societies like Britain and Brazil people are more willing to support womens sports and disabled sports as a moral principle, but it is a harder sell for organizers in non-western countries. But there are difficulties beyond that. I think that one problem with the paralympics is that many disabled people and their families do not identify with the paralympics. The vast majority of paralympians are people who have mobility loss (paralysis or loss of a limb) or sensory loss (blind or deaf.) Almost none of them have degenerative diseases or developmental disorders like Downs syndrome. Moreover even many of the people who are disabled in the "right ways" do not care about the paralympics because they find them patronizing and think that disabled athletes should compete in the Olympics.
  4. Catalonia

    Tremendously stupid from Spain. After beating women in the streets and violating Catalonia's autonomy, who does Madrid expect the Catalonians will vote for? And if they outlaw Catalan political parties it will simply further increase tensions. This whole thing could have been resolved by simply ignoring the referendum.
  5. United States 2026/2030

    IF the USOC bids it would not be logical to pick any state other than New York or Utah due to construction costs. The IOC wants to minimize costs as much as possible to show European cities that they can host the games without significant financial waste. But New York would be logistically difficult due to the remoteness and lack of infrastructure around Lake Placid. Or, to put it another way, there is little to no chance that Denver or Buffalo will want the Olympics, that the USOC would pick Denver or Buffalo over Salt Lake City, or that the IOC would want an expensive Colorado bid instead of a cheap Utah bid. The chances of all three happening seem negligible.
  6. United States 2026/2030

    Even if some other city and state wanted to spend $5 billion on the winter Olympics I don't believe the suddenly cost conscious IOC would let them. Even if Reno came forward offering to build everything with private money that is not the kind of bid the Olympics need right now. As for the IOC's rules, those will instantly go out the window if SLC is the only bidder. There is no practical reason that a winter games in Utah would be hurt by a World Cup in the rest of the country many months later.
  7. United States 2026/2030

    Why? They are not even considering Salt Lake City as a World Cup host city, and nothing new should have to be built for either event.
  8. Anchorage is not viable. Alaska is just not developed enough. Not enough hotel rooms, people to service the games and volunteer, sports venues, etc. I would also question the transportation, but my personal experiences may be clouding my judgement. I was on Chichagof Island for two months last year and during that time we had at least a dozen days when Discovery channel executives couldn't fly in on a seaplane because of bad weather.
  9. Why? Because America >>>>>> France? Why is it that you highlight any issue with the non-USA bids, yet somehow never post any criticism of LA's potential pitfalls, such as whether California High Speed Rail will be able to service the 2028 games? In any case the criticism in Paris is not that the Olympic plan will not be financed or non-viable, but rather a fight between commuters and tourists/Olympic fans.
  10. I would love to see Joshua trees planted in Los Angeles, but I am not sure how well they would do there. They are not native to that part of California, but if humans had not killed off the giant ground sloths they would probably be established in LA by now.
  11. United States 2026/2030

    Welcome to the forum! Unfortunately the minimum seating capacity needed for both figure skating and ice hockey arenas is 12,000. If the new arena were just a bit larger it would work, though. I had never considered that Denver could use a ski area other than Vail. Winter Park does actually have enough vertical drop for the mens alpine skiing in the Olympics.
  12. United States 2026/2030

    It is not a question of can vs cannot but of will vs will not. Colorado could host the Winter Olympics. But assuming a 50/50 private/public partnership do they really want to spend $4 billion in public money to host the Olympics? Especially in a state that does not want more development and where many people despise the New Yorkers who make pilgrimages to Aspen and buy hobby ranches outside Denver. I think you are being deliberately obtuse for the fun of arguing, especially in light of the fact that you have previously said that the IOC would never even consider a future bid from Denver.
  13. United States 2026/2030

    Domestic American opinions do not matter because the rest of the country does not contribute any money to building the venues. The state of Colorado is equivalent in population to Ireland but has a weaker economy. It is smaller and much weaker economically than Norway. And it would have to pay for a Sochi or Pyeongchang level construction binge. That is why it is so much harder to create new venues for the Olympics in the USA despite its vast size and population. The USA itself does not actually build any stadiums or arenas for the Olympics. It falls entirely on local governments and private benefactors.
  14. United States 2026/2030

    The refrigeration equipment is the expensive part and requires a concrete supporting structure. Yes, and the Chinese will build two Olympic villages and a high speed train connecting them.
  15. United States 2026/2030

    The Olympics have only been spread out in the sense of having separate ice and snow events, and for that you need separate villages at each site. Vancouver's games had two clusters, but each was tightly packed. The events in Vancouver were all in the greater downtown area. You can compare it to traveling from Greenwich Village to Harlem: they are both in Manhattan, just at different ends of it. Using Colorado Springs and Steamboat Springs would require separate athletes villages in those places and would be an enormous PITA for the organizers, fans, IOC, NOC officials, etc. It would only be possible to build a temporary structure in a location cold enough for a natural track. Vail is too warm for a natural track.