iceman530 Posted April 10, 2021 Report Share Posted April 10, 2021 Yup........this thread is happening. Im making it happen. I love pain and dwelling on "what ifs" so here we go. Almaty could very well be the perfect fit here, and for more than a few good reasons. Lets look at the current "feeler" candidates: 1) Sapporo. LOL. If this one has to be explained, there is no saving you. The Tokyo experienced just poisoned Japan off the Olympics for the next 200+ years. I actually sincerely feel the normally timid, tranquil people of Japan would go full on militant if a Sapporo bid was made now. It would get violent. Its not happening. 2) Lviv. Okay, I would love this one. LOVE it. But this one makes absolutely no sense on the mere fact Ukraine needs to seriously spend its money elsewhere. I love Ukraine, love to visit, and I would recommend it as a vacation spot to anyone. But once you go, you know that they need to put that money somewhere other than an Olympic bid. Once Ukraine gets more on its feet in 15-20 years, I love the potential of this one. Lets look at them in 2038-2042 and I hope Ukraine has turned around enough to have a serious discussion there. 3) Vancouver. This one randomly picked up steam recently, but its too soon. It's just too soon from 2010. I do not like the precedence that sends, and frankly, I think this will get killed just as quick as the Calgary grassroots efforts there. 4) SLC. The big red IN CASE OF EMERGENCY BUTTON. They prefer not to use it due to the extensively discussed contractual corporate commercial agreements in place due to the Los Angeles games. They know they are there for 2030 or 2034, and they know they both want 2034. 2034 fits these guys like a glove. Save them til then. 5) Barcelona/Pyrenees. This one just feels wrong, all around. There is no legacy here, and the amount of building from scratch required here would look like a financial boondoggle. Plus, theres the whole separatist thing which not a good look. I guess it isn't at ETA status, which we should be thankful of, and I hope it never goes there. But no, Barcelona for the winter olympics doesnt look right 6) Norway. Again, love it, citizens will smite it down. No sense in wishing it will happen. Im honestly not sure we will ever see another Scandinavia winter olympics unless something drastic happens. It is abundantly obvious that they are collectively over it (from a hosting perspective) So here we are again.......the IOC in a little bit of a situation. Our 2022 hindsight is 20/20 heroes that, frankly, had a stronger bid than was let on. The guys that probably should have won, and if we could do it over again I think would be voted in without any hesitation. It looks like a nice, compact bid. A good deal of the infrastructure is in place. There is a strong winter sports culture, and oh yeah, actual mountains. They've proven they want this and there is excitement to get this done. It is an interesting spot and one that raises peoples' curiosities. It would put them further on the map and show them that they have indeed carved their own path after the Soviet Union breakup. Its a good story IMO. If Almaty knuckled down and went "all in" for 2030, I think they would stand a great chance to get the nod. Thoughts? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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