Funny thought that Leipzig is becoming our official candidate!
I spend several months in Leipzig during the work on my thesis, and I can attest that it is one of the most vibrant and beautiful cities in Germany. People there are really, really nice and welcoming despite their rather funny accent.
A friend of mine is working for Leipzigs urban planning department and he told me that Leipzig's Olympia application team was really minimal, so it is even greater that they have succeded!
One the other hand -
from an internation standpoint, I guess it would have made more sense to choose Hamburg, because who really knows Leipzig outside of - well - Germany?
But then, who knew Sapporo, Lake Placid, Albertville or Lillehammer? Seems like Olympic games in smaller cities often have much more atmosphere than in the large urban areas.
So despite living in a competing area - Duesseldorf Rhein-Ruhr was also applying for the games, - I keep my fingers crossed for Leipzig. The city and their people certainly deserve to succeed.
[Edited 2003-04-12 18:28:52]
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