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User currently offlinePacificjourney From New Zealand, joined Jul 2001, 2734 posts, RR: 8
Posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2791 times:

Today the UK government came out in official support of London's bid for the 2012 games. Other official bidders so far are Leipzig, Havana, Madrid and New York. Expected to announce soon are Paris, Moscow, Rio de Janiero and Toronto (depending on allocation of winter games).

Of these which do you think will be successfull ?

Judging by past choices I must conclude that these games will go to North America, or at least NOT Europe due to Europe having hosted many recent summer games (compared to Nth America). A chance for Rio but a poor one.

Also judging by past form a successful bidder must have already failed so I am thinking it will go to Toronto and that it would be a great choice. NY would be quite awful as like London it is over-crowded and far too expensive as it is. I can't believe NYers would really want the games anyway.

Any other bidders I have missed and opinions as to why or why not please.


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User currently offlineLindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2772 times:

I was hoping that DC would get them but they lost bid with NYC last fall.

Rafal


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2760 times:

Two out of the last five summer games have gone to the US. Why would another one go there? As for winter games...


She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 33
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2755 times:

>>>Judging by past choices I must conclude that these games will go to North America, or at least NOT Europe due to Europe having hosted many recent summer games (compared to Nth America).

Huh? Which country has hosted Olympic Games 4 (FOUR!) times in the past 25 years? (Hint: starts with "U".)

Daniel Smile


User currently offlinePacificjourney From New Zealand, joined Jul 2001, 2734 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2756 times:

I know Winter games who gives a shit right, but by 2012 the summer games won't have been held in North America (not just USA) for 16 years !

One thing for sure, no way will it be London. That city barely functions as it is, Olympics no thanks.



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User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6609 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2754 times:

Winter games are WAY better!!!! Less countries, more intimate.


Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
User currently offlinePacificjourney From New Zealand, joined Jul 2001, 2734 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2749 times:

Winter games are a joke, start your own thread.

Airsickness, how far back do you want to go ? What is significant about 25 years, why not go all the way and see that by 2012 Europe will have had the games 15 times and Nth America only 5. Now who is being greedy ?

I don't personally believe the games should go anywhere in particular, I just am trying to anticipate the IOC voting and the thought processes involved.



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User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2728 times:

PJ, maybe you should just start a thread on how you hate the Winter Olympics?

I prefer the winter games any more because the summer games are so friggin' commercial that it's taken most of the enjoyment out of the Summer Games. The winter games have quite a few sports I like: Hockey, skiing events, like the Downhill, the Slalom, the Super G (I think that's what it's called), and ski jumping. Summer games? Not much there excited me anymore.


User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 8, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2716 times:

Damn...the Syracuse/Rochester/Buffalo bid fell apart for 2012. I was looking forward to kayaking on the Erie Canal.  Sad


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User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2254 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2706 times:

Erie Canal, hell, how about kayaking over Niagra Falls!

I think the bid will go to the city who can bribe the IOC members with the best hookers.  Big grin



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User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2702 times:

Winter games are a joke, start your own thread.

Funny as hell PacificJourney. Who knew???

JCS, I-90 Committee was racked by scandal as Sorrycuse was caught accepting brides, hence the falling apart of the bid.


User currently offlineAerLingus From China, joined Mar 2000, 2371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2696 times:

Caught accepting brides? What...are we talking arranged marriages here? (heheh)

Anyway, seriously though. Is Cape Town still in the running for the Games? Last time I checked (and that was a while a go), South Africa was still pursuing the Olympics.

I think it would be a wonderful idea for Cape Town to host the Olympics, considering the games have never been to South Africa and I can't remember the last time the Olympic Games were even held on the CONTINENT!




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User currently offlinePacificjourney From New Zealand, joined Jul 2001, 2734 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2686 times:

Alright winter games it is then.

Firstly figure skating and secondly figure skating ... need I say more. But of course it is the summer games tainted by crass comercialism.

As for skiing, if you want to go down hill fast try cocaine for breakfast but just stop calling it a sport and keep it of my TV.

About the only things that could be called athletics are speed skating and cross-country. Actually I really like that short-course stuff.

Ice hockey, what they don't have enough competitions for that already ?

All this without mentioning the fact that these things need snow and ice, something which most of the world DOESN'T have. Rich white country sports ... yawn.



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User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2675 times:

Pacificjourney: That's your personal opinion, it isn't fact.

Skiing is actually pretty good - have you tried it? I love it Big thumbs up

Josh


User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2678 times:

Oh, and I hope London does host it.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/3029851.stm

London: 7-4 favourites
Paris: 5-2
Toronto: 9-2
Madrid: 6-1
New York: 8-1

Josh


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 15, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2667 times:

The betting is irrelevant here, Jaspike. Patriotic money in the UK will go on the London bid, it is reflection of where the money's going, not who has the best chance. Paris would be favourite in France, New York in the US and so on.


She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2663 times:

PJ is right. The Winter Olympics suck, andthe summer games aren't much better anymore.

User currently offlineDelta767400ER From United States of America, joined May 2003, 29 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2657 times:

I'm gunning for London.

-Delta767400ER


User currently offlinePacificjourney From New Zealand, joined Jul 2001, 2734 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2652 times:

Yes jaspike I've tried skiing. I do live in North Japan, more ski feilds than you would believe.

Yes jaspike I like skiing but that doesn't mean it's a sport, rather a passtime, amusement, whatever you want.

I also like fishing, drinking beer and pleasuring myself but that doesn't mean those things should be an olympic sport !

BTW this thread isn't about this so can we move on please.



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User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2646 times:

Alright winter games it is then.

I just commented on that.


User currently offlineAviationMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2638 times:

I'm betting on Havana Big grin

User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 21, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2636 times:
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Britain hasn't hosted the Olympics since the 1940's, so i hope London is successful, we could put on a real show!



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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16907 posts, RR: 51
Reply 22, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2630 times:

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User currently offlineAviationMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2629 times:

I would like to see the Olympic's being held in Africa. It's getting quite boring that the games are mostly in America or Europe.

User currently offlineDavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7437 posts, RR: 13
Reply 24, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2622 times:
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Yes Arsenal, let's have it so that we can have a demonstration that London is totally unsuitable as a host for events, but the downside being that it will ruin the chances of other British cities bidding for events.

David


25 Da man : Houston had a very attractive bid put together and we should have won the bid over NY! Such a pitty, now the Astrodome will most likely be torn down.
26 Lfutia : What if Amsterdam hosted it although they aren't running it? Leo/ORD
27 Post contains images SunAir : I have no clue why the North Americans and the Europeans are complaining so much about who should get the olympics between the two continents. The fac
28 Srbmod : I guess Manchester got tired of losing bids (1996, 2000, 2004......).
29 QANTASFOREVER : I think Sydney should bid for the 2012 games. People say Sydney is more like America every day - so why not host another olympics five minutes after w
30 Pacificjourney : In the spirit of honesty my support for Toronto springs from knowing someone with a very comfortable couch there. But honestly i think it would be the
31 Chepos : Havana- That one is already ruled out unless they plan on lifting the embargo soon . My vote goes to Madrid or Paris. Chepos
32 Post contains images AerLingus : Tommy: You read my post about Cape Town, right? Just to let you know, there are some of us up here in the North who are thinking about you folks down
33 RayPettit : How could London really succeed? We've had enough incompetence trying to build stadiums and athletic tracks in recent years. We need somewhere a bit m
34 Post contains images SunAir : AerLingus: Thanks for the support. Glad to know someone still remembers our continent. It's ironic that on a world map, we're in the centre... haha I'
35 Jsmith : Where's MX5 Boy to remind us all how fabulous the Sydney Olympics were???? He usually manages to regurgitate the gush every time the word 'olympics' i
36 QANTASFOREVER : Jsmith, And rightly so. That is until 2008. THAT will be one hell of a show. QANTASFOREVER
37 EL-AL : I read somewhere that Tel Aviv want to host the 2012 Olympics...oh my good what a joke... EL-AL
38 Voodoo : Why do cities want these genetic-freak performance-enhancment-drug-taking festivals? I say we emulate the Romans whole hog and let them battle to the
39 Johnboy : RE: Cape Town, Are they even bidding for the 2012 Olympics? It would be nice to see them in Cape Town, but I'm sure that the powers that be would like
40 Post contains images SunAir : Johnboy That's the thing - I don't think they have put in a bid. I think this is dissappointing though, because I really believe Cape Town could pull
41 Noise : Vancouver for 2010! NYC for 2012!
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