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Everything posted by TorchbearerSydney

  1. My God- just watched the host broadcasters in Aus calling the closing an embarrassing piece of s^&t!!!! They really let rip....absolutely unprecedented. One caveat I would put on it is not to criticise all the volunteer performers (the hundreds of kids) who put in months of practice for fee. They did their best...this will be a highlight of their lives. There were seven speeches in a row!!!! WTF
  2. Having been to Sydney 2000 and Melbourne 2006, and being aboriginal, I was pretty blown away by the ceremony. It was classy, universal, inclusive, the indigenous segments were inspiring and embracing (like taking the smoking ceremony up to the dignitaries)...the parade was pacey with athletes really having fun, relaxed, avoided all sorts of cliches...and on a pretty tight budget. Great combination of live action/projections, often simultaneously. Who would have thought the flashy Gold Coast could pull that off?
  3. Indeed...all the logos, bunting and decorations were 'tweaked' for legal reasons obviously....there was one big error though, in the movie in 1992 her coach comes up says 'the IOC have decided there will be a Games in 2 years instead of 4 years'...this decision actually happened in 1988, 4 years early. Great movie, sad error.
  4. Rio didn't 'glorify slums'....it celebrated high rise living- a celebration of all the peoples of their great cities, from the super wealthy in their penthouses, to the poorest in the favelas. I actually thought that was rather brilliant and inclusive.
  5. It is a fine balance- too cold and wild for events, or too balmy and warm for good snow....
  6. As far as empty seats go, they have to do something about ticketing. I would have gone to Korea except the only way for me to get tickets was through the stupid agency- that charges a fortune for a few D class tickets (first round curling, womens hockey, etc).... they didn't open the general ticket office to the world, even late, so I wasn't going to risk getting to Korea and try my luck. Now I sit at home and see empty seats I would have happily bought, lets say 3 months ago. Arrgh...but every Games is the same.
  7. As for the cauldron lighting...as a layman watching at home I 'read' the industrial/ agricultural/ crude flaming metal pole as Korea rising from the ashes of WW2 and Korean War into the shiny new modern age of the glistening white cauldron..... Apparently I read too much into it- but it makes more sense than the 30 rings/ year story.
  8. Here's a thought...why not lit the cauldron by drone...Yuna KIm could light a little drone that fluttered up to the Cauldron...too risky of malfunction I suppose, but a lot more elegant and keeping in theme..
  9. Pretty much agree with all above- an Olympic standard fine start to a Games, with nothing spectacular and a few flaws. * Very happy that the budgets have come down since London / Sochi....I find seeing what a country can do on a tighter budget more interesting. Sochi is perhaps my fave ceremony ever, but it could not continue on that scale. * The athlete parade finally was pacey, I think the super quick music helped that. * Glad to see PEACE screamed at the world- poor Korea has been the scene of some of the deadliest battles of the last 120 years..SEOUL has been flattened abou
  10. The only athlete, male or female, to win the 100m, 200m and 400m Olympic titles. An historic achievement from a classy lady.
  11. Interesting- just out of interest, can anyone see any major down sides to picking the next 2 hosts (summer or winter)..there must be risks...the world losing interest in bidding for 8 years, unknowns of a city/country 11 years ahead....
  12. I think India pissed off some mighty powerful people in 2010- and they have long memories.
  13. Qatar Airways are the sponsor of FIFA- this is gonna get ugly!
  14. Off course the MCG is pretty much the biggest cricket stadium (and one of the biggest stadiums) in the world. They are not all that size!
  15. The key word is smaller- all the Gold Coast facilities are much smaller than the Melbourne ones, and set a precedent for a SMALLER Games......whether new, old or recycled. Larger venues, even existing ones have higher overlay, staffing, and ongoing capital costs.
  16. Of course, with only 4.5 years to get it all ready (by the time the decision is made) they may need to pick a London, Melbourne or KL..
  17. I think the Comm Games are better in smaller cities- Liverpool, Birmingham, Manchester, Perth, Brisbane, Edmonton, etc rather than huge global cities like London, Sydney, Delhi etc.. I went to the Melbourne Games, and there was zero atmosphere (despite Melbourne doing an amazing job). Melbourne hosts big events all the time, and the Games just got swamped in a huge metropolis. Smaller cities embrace and celebrate and get swamped by the Games...
  18. The Games will be smaller after the Gold Coast- this is a good thing. NZ for example should be able to afford to host, it is crazy that it can't.
  19. Well at least the Gold Coast (and to some degree Glasgow) are paring the Games down in scale from KL, Delhi and Melbourne ...... I thi k the Gmaes will be a much smaller and manageable size after the Gold Coast example. Interesting Australia / NZ and Pacific Countries look like they will be invited to the Asian Summer Games soon...mmm
  20. They can try with the show biz angle, but the days of The US being the benchmark of spectacle are gone....look at Beijing, Sochi, and every other Chinese event (yes at a huge cost). The world has caught up. Baku even had Lady Gaga...
  21. Yes a repeat Gold Coast/Brisbane Games is obviously a possibility too......very less than ideal.
  22. As strange as it seems I could see an Australian City- Melbourne, Sydney or Adelaide stepping in if needed for 2022......2 Aussie Games in a row would not be ideal for the Commonwealth Movement though
  23. I liked the ceremony, but it did strangely come to a screaming halt when the samba schools arrived.... I would have brought the torch in straight after the last school. that is the torch would have been the last 'float' with the parade introducing it to the stadium...
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