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There were some discussion about a joint bid in 2017 building on the Olympic Agenda 2020 allowing co-hosting. It seems unlikely that the Poles would be in favour as the referedum for Krakow 2022 rejected the proposal by almost 70%, though less than 36% voted. The bid was to include Jasna in Slovakia for the Alpine events, though Zakopane 2006 was completely within Poland.

If this is a non-starter for the Poles, what about the Czechs? They've already dipped their toes in the water with Prague 2016. So might it be possible to look at the other games.

So how about a Prague 2030/2034

The first question would be the outdoor bits.

They have the ski jumping hills - Certak at a distance of 135km towards Poland has all the hills required. The mountain is a little more problematic. Rokytnice nad Jizerou has a vertial of 630m-1315m so about 125m short but the town is actually at 520m and the peak at 1344m so the 800m vertical is achieved. Alternative Cerna Hora - Janske Lazne is listed at 650m-1260m but again the lifts go up to 1603m. It won't be the first time an Olympic course was extended beyond its normal vertical (Calgary 1988 for one). Like all games, a bobsleigh run would be required but the Altenberg track is less than 120km away just across the border in Germany

As the indoor areas, there are two large areas in Prague (02 Arena and the Tipsport Arena) and medium sized arenas in Liberec and Hradec Kralove.

And finally we get to the Great Strahov Stadium, largest in the world, that was proposed as the Olympic village in 2016, or a huge leisure world. There is more than enough space for a Richmond Oval type facility, plus village (which could then be turned into residences)

There are multiple sources of potential corporate sponsorship for a 'Czechia' games and the ability to host spectators with Prague being the 5th most visited city in Europe.

A capital city as host is maybe what the IOC would dream of.

 

 

 

 

 

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8 minutes ago, Booville said:

There were some discussion about a joint bid in 2017 building on the Olympic Agenda 2020 allowing co-hosting. It seems unlikely that the Poles would be in favour as the referedum for Krakow 2022 rejected the proposal by almost 70%, though less than 36% voted. The bid was to include Jasna in Slovakia for the Alpine events, though Zakopane 2006 was completely within Poland.

If this is a non-starter for the Poles, what about the Czechs? They've already dipped their toes in the water with Prague 2016. So might it be possible to look at the other games.

So how about a Prague 2030/2034

The first question would be the outdoor bits.

They have the ski jumping hills - Certak at a distance of 135km towards Poland has all the hills required. The mountain is a little more problematic. Rokytnice nad Jizerou has a vertial of 630m-1315m so about 125m short but the town is actually at 520m and the peak at 1344m so the 800m vertical is achieved. Alternative Cerna Hora - Janske Lazne is listed at 650m-1260m but again the lifts go up to 1603m. It won't be the first time an Olympic course was extended beyond its normal vertical (Calgary 1988 for one). Like all games, a bobsleigh run would be required but the Altenberg track is less than 120km away just across the border in Germany

As the indoor areas, there are two large areas in Prague (02 Arena and the Tipsport Arena) and medium sized arenas in Liberec and Hradec Kralove.

And finally we get to the Great Strahov Stadium, largest in the world, that was proposed as the Olympic village in 2016, or a huge leisure world. There is more than enough space for a Richmond Oval type facility, plus village (which could then be turned into residences)

There are multiple sources of potential corporate sponsorship for a 'Czechia' games and the ability to host spectators with Prague being the 5th most visited city in Europe.

A capital city as host is maybe what the IOC would dream of.

 

 

 

 

 

The problem here is the alpine disciplines as you rightly point out. Everything else is basically in place (including the bobsleigh track which is literally on the Czech/German border anyway). At least a winter bid would probably make more sense than a summer bid, but that still doesn't let the mountains grow.

Besides, I know from own experience that while Altenberg and Liberec (for all nordic events) can be easily reached from Prague, it takes quite a while and not great roads to reach the highest mountain ranges, basically the only ones that would be able to host a downhill and only at a stretch really.

Also, I don't think the idea would be too popular in the Czech Republic either, just like in neighbouring Poland, which has even better conditions (apart from the track).

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