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post #31 of 51
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Not exactly sure what was so funny about the disappointment shown by Chicagoans.

It was an unreal moment watching the IOC announcing live from Copenhagen that Chicago was off on the very first ballot then with an immediate “go to” shot of Daley Plaza and the absolute slack jawed reaction…stunned disbelief…from everyone in the crowd.  I watched the majority of people mouth “wtf” and “I can’t believe it” with all of those thousands not making a sound.   

No, 'funny' does not work for me. 

post #32 of 51
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Not exactly sure what was so funny about the disappointment shown by Chicagoans.
Bad choice of words. Interesting contrast might be a better description . The huge towns always think they deserve these events even though they might not be the best choice for a venue.

How about having it in New Orleans instead ?
post #33 of 51
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Not exactly sure what was so funny about the disappointment shown by Chicagoans.

Well, when their President spends the first nine months of his administration traveling the world giving speeches about how much America sucks and then they're surprised when Chicago isn't selected. ROFLMAO.
post #34 of 51
Should have been more clear in my original post, which was in response to a post about laughing when he saw the reaction of the people of Chicago when it was announced the city was the first eliminated.  I don't think the city felt it "deserved" the games, I think we heard everyone saying it was either Rio or Chicago, and then when Chicago was out after round one it was a huge disappointment to everyone.

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Bad choice of words. Interesting contrast might be a better description . The huge towns always think they deserve these events even though they might not be the best choice for a venue.

How about having it in New Orleans instead ?
 
post #35 of 51
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Well, when their President spends the first nine months of his administration traveling the world giving speeches about how much America sucks and then they're surprised when Chicago isn't selected. ROFLMAO.
 

My thoughts too!
post #36 of 51
hey at least I bet Rio is going to have a much better MTB course than Chi town.

also does this mean the olympics are going to be during our winter then since its southern hempishere?
post #37 of 51
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also does this mean the olympics are going to be during our winter then since its southern hempishere?
 

Our late summer their late winter.  At the time of the 2016 Summer Olympics, August 5 to 21, the Earth's axis points North America and Europe towards the sun and during that period Rio and the Tropic of Capricorn experiences their mild winter.  Springtime is Sept-October (perfect temp in my experience) with the heat and humidity coming hard in Nov-Feb.  Thiago or others may better describe.

post #38 of 51
Interesting about August dates of 2016 Olympic events.  In 1956 Melbourne, Australia hosted the "summer" olympics during last week of Nov and first week of Dec, 1956.  It did cause many athletes, particularly track and field to adjust their training, which is normally aimed for peak performance in May-Aug time frame.
post #39 of 51
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Don't you think it turned out to be an overall positive for Salt Lake City and Utah?

Anyway, congratulations to Rio and I'm sure it'll be quite a party.

 

The olympics were a positive thing for Calgary as well, and they actually made money. Of course the winter games were a smaller event in '88 and security costs were much lower.
post #40 of 51
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also does this mean the olympics are going to be during our winter then since its southern hempishere?

It's going to be in southern hemisphere winter.
And it's much better this way.  
Rio is very hot during summer time, and it's still pretty warm in winter.
In August, temperatures in Rio are usually between high 70's during the day, and high 60's during the night.
Unless there is a considerable cold front, temperatures won't reach the 50's.
post #41 of 51
Too bad nobody seems to know and the media failed to point out that Tony Blair went to the IOC to lobby for London....
Oh well, Americans have no problem holding strong opinions based on little or no information
As for the US hosting anything having to do with the Olympics in the near future-with declining influence comes declining numbers of world stage appearences
post #42 of 51
I am disappointed that we did not get the games, I feel it would had an over-all positive effect on Chicago. However, I am not surprised. Why should a city that is as steeped in crime and political corruption deserve such an honor. Lets see, corrupt governor? Check (two in a row even), corrupt Mayor? check. Corrupt unions? Check. With our long standing tradition of crime, greed and corruption, it is no wonder Chicago went out first round. Also one of the highest murder rates in the US I am sure was a help.
post #43 of 51
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Oh come on. If anyone had visited Chicago, they most certainly wouldn't have wanted to return there.
Gotta stand up for Chicago here.  I've visited several times and have always had a great time.  There is so much to do and the people are very friendly.  I'm not a big city person but this one is great as far as that goes.  I still can't get over my visits to the Art Institute, the Field Museum and some of the jazz clubs even though it happened years ago. Fabulous.
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Gotta stand up for Chicago here.  I've visited several times and have always had a great time.  There is so much to do and the people are very friendly.  I'm not a big city person but this one is great as far as that goes.  I still can't get over my visits to the Art Institute, the Field Museum and some of the jazz clubs even though it happened years ago. Fabulous.
 
I couldn't agree more with Posaune. I have only been there once and stayed out of town when I did. The trains brought us to the middle of town and we spent four days exploring the offerings of a truly great city with all the history to be  found on the street and in the many museums and galleries. Heck I was impressed by the Chicago Trib building . What a cool idea to incorporate pieces of famous buildings of times passed in it's construction. 
I will make this trip again.
Edited by GarryZ - 10/4/09 at 9:55am
post #45 of 51
I lived in Atl in 96 and went to  many events....in the end I felt ripped off and I don't think it did much for the city.  In short....Meh

As Colorado resident...I am completely against the Olympics coming here unless it gets us 4 lanes in each direction on I-70 and some sort of valid public transport option paid for by foreigners.  If we have to pay for it ourselves then why deal with the Olympic hassle?  I don't watch or care about ski racing so it's no big deal for me...ymmv
post #46 of 51
 Posaune and GarryZ, you make some valid points. Chicago is a great city, with lots of great things to see (and some really good, if not too healthy food). My point is that from a political standpoint the place sucks. The Mayor is corrupt dictator, he does what he wants, when he wants and knows how to cover his tracks and not be too close to his ill-dealings (thanks to his dear old Dad who taught him everything he knows). 
post #47 of 51
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As Colorado resident...I am completely against the Olympics coming here unless it gets us 4 lanes in each direction on I-70 and some sort of valid public transport option paid for by foreigners.  If we have to pay for it ourselves then why deal with the Olympic hassle? 

 

The “intended” consequence of a Denver O hosted event…without which we’ll be colonizing Mars before we have a solid plan in place and the cash to fix that I-70 debacle.


Insofar as Chicago, there is no better social life on the planet than a penthouse on Wacker Drive overlooking the lake, river and Wrigley.  And as far as Chicago & Illinois politics, corruption and crime…send them all out her to fix I-70, they’d get it done and keep us all entertained while doing so

post #48 of 51
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 Posaune and GarryZ, you make some valid points. Chicago is a great city, with lots of great things to see (and some really good, if not too healthy food). My point is that from a political standpoint the place sucks. The Mayor is corrupt dictator, he does what he wants, when he wants and knows how to cover his tracks and not be too close to his ill-dealings (thanks to his dear old Dad who taught him everything he knows). 
True enough.  I remember my first time as an adult visiting Chicago.  There was a Sunday copy of the Sun Times at the place I was staying and I couldn't believe the amount of corruption related news in the paper. It was an eye opener.
post #49 of 51
JD. There's much more to life than suffering  through the bitterness of political manipulation. The Olympics are so much better to enjoy when the focus is on the sharing of cultures and the appreciation of the skill these athletes attain through dedicating themselves to the performance of their sport.

Chicago's excellent transit options sure gives it the ability to move people to venues separated by necessity. It is my hope that when the Olympics are held  again in America they can be held in a city that could use some infrastructure only available through higher funding of State sponsored events .Getting the funds to share in some lasting benefit  would make a bigger impact than polishing a large city that already can offer it's citizens the benefits the Olympics can bring to a smaller town.

I'm sure there are examples around the world where the Olympics have lifted the quality of life in a region that sorely needed it or was unattainable without a cooperative effort .

Building an Olympic sized pool can vitalize a sport in a region that may have overlooked it's potential. Much good can come from these events.
post #50 of 51
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Not exactly sure what was so funny about the disappointment shown by Chicagoans.

Bunch of big babies.  It's OK to get excited when you win, but also be a good sport when you don't.  Don't count your chickens before they hatch.
post #51 of 51
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Well, when their President spends the first nine months of his administration traveling the world giving speeches about how much America sucks and then they're surprised when Chicago isn't selected. ROFLMAO.

Ummmm, he wasn't saying America sucked-he was apologizing for others that have sullied America's reputation.
I have 2 views on the subject of Chicago-first, as a resident of a large city unfairly besmirched by critics, I'm sure that Chicago is much nicer than non-Chicagoans portray it. My current husband is an architect and he loves Chicago. Chicago has a huge convention draw and has plenty of hotel capacity and a pre-existing public transportation system.
Second, my ex-husband works in Rio. Chicago has nothing on Brazil when it comes to corruption, plus, getting half the venues built between now and the Olympics they are scheduled to hold will be a miracle.
All that being said, the emerging world is Africa, South America, Oceania and China. I would expect more future Olympics scheduled there and fewer in North America and Europe
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