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Posts posted by TorchbearerSydney

  1. I am in Adelaide- the athletes and politicians pushing for Adelaide again have been knocked back again I think. I dont understand it, Adelaide could host this easily, all the major venues are already built and up and running. There is a 'can't do' attitude in this state Government which is pretty depressing.

  2. I find terms like ''9 million operating loss'' a bit misleading- they had an operating cost of 9 million. All public facilities, whether it is a road, park, beach, fountain etc have an operating cost. You dont say your local park had an operating loss of 1 million last year, it just cost a million for upkeep and maintenance.

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  3. Was nice to be in the stadium to hear it....Sydney 2000 was the highlight of my life, I carried the flame into Byron Bay, witnessed the opening and closing and every athletic session, and all up I saw 70 gold medals being won! My best fiend from Uni even hosted the 1 hour pre opening activities in the stadium.

    And when I was a little kid a few miles from the stadium I used to stage my own Olympic Games in the backyard1

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  4. 8 hours ago, baron-pierreIV said:

    OK, so the Sydney 2000 cauldron was relit per the InsidetheGames article>


    Huh? :blink:  How? :wacko:  Is this one of those FAKE lightings where you just look at it, wish it happens, and then SWOOSH!!  the whole thing just self-combusts by some supernatural force?  Also, what is the torch of color on the left?  Was that the Paralympic torch or have they decided to bring out a new one to be au courrant and so no one can say BLACK TORCHES MATTER?!?! 

    That was the 2000 Paralympic Torch...I dont think anyone is surprised that they have an ignition button for the flame now!

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  5. If the Farnham comments were on TV just before the ceremony, I missed it as I was at the stadium hyperventillating with excitement!

    I did notice that when Olivia walks down the steps in Dare To Dream, Farnham holds her hand and watches her feet so intensely, I suspected there may have been an incident in her heels!

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  6. New Sydney micro detail...just in a story in the Sydney Morning Herald...

    "Couri took long-service leave from his job as a controller at an industrial gas plant to volunteer, his main role as assistant for the Oman team.

    He also helped Olivia Newton-John to her feet as she tripped over a cable during dress rehearsals for the opening ceremony.

    "She fell arse over head, but she never stopped singing," he said."

    Never heard this before!

  7. My partner has a major media presence here in Adelaide, and has been in constant battle with the Premier. We have been aggressively agitating about Adelaide hosting the Games- and the Premier has been forced to publicly face this issue again. I suspect we have played a role in Adelaide rethinking its withdrawal. Their first bid said it would cost a ridiculous $3 billion plus- the new figure of $1 billion is much more realistic.

    Adelaide has all the venues (including a magnificent stadium, Aquatic Centre, Velodrome, etc)...no reason it should be an expensive games.

  8. Turkmenistan is a funny place...went a few years ago....sometimes ranked BEHIND Nth Korea in freedom indexes! But unlike Nth Korea (and the other Stans) it is enormously wealthy with gas. 

    And they blow the money on crap like this, streets lined with marble palaces etc...

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  9. 17 hours ago, PikyoK said:

    Having watched the behind the scenes overview of the Sydney 2000 Opening Ceremony, I actually liked the design of the stadium back then compared to now. 


    I find it funny looking at that stadium- it doesnt look THAT big- but it held 115,000! Looks smaller than the LA Colliseum or Birds Nest for example, but held a lot more people. Was an amazing venue during the Games...

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  10. I never understood why the 2012 cauldron could not have been wheeled out into the OLympic Park between the opening ceremony and the start of the athletics at least (thats 6-7 days)....sitting alone inside the stadium was pretty dumb. Coe snapping atpeople saying the cauldorn is  not a tourist site didnt help.

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