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New York City 11 votes (17.19%)
Paris 26 votes (40.63%)
London 17 votes (26.56%)
Moscow 5 votes (7.81%)
Madrid 5 votes (7.81%)
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2012 Olympics: who will win?
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Jun 28, 2005, 11:32 PM
 
Paris? NFW. USA should boycott if they win the bid. Stink'n Frenchies suck.
     
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Jun 29, 2005, 12:05 AM
 
I assume that whoever wins the bid, will be the city that has paid the most in bribes to the many crooks and blackmailers at the IOC, a notoriously corrupt organisation, that has been stealing for decades. The members basically travel around from place to place demanding money, gifts and other perks.

The Olympics has basically turned into a politically correct circus, where US athletes are warned to "tone down" any celebratory gestures, because obviously, the USA is so damn better than anybody else, and we wouldn't want to upset any simple people who have massive inferiority complexes, now would we ?

     
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Jun 29, 2005, 12:35 AM
 
Originally Posted by PacHead
The Olympics has basically turned into a politically correct circus, where US athletes are warned to "tone down" any celebratory gestures, because obviously, the USA is so damn better than anybody else, and we wouldn't want to upset any simple people who have massive inferiority complexes, now would we ?

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Jun 29, 2005, 12:38 AM
 
Go Paris!
     
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Jun 29, 2005, 12:38 AM
 
You totally ignored his comment about the IOC being corrupt to begin with but what is wrong about celebrating your heard work and victory?

It's all about putting down the USA in the world, and I'm rather sick and tired of it. I expect all the athletes to celebrate tastefully. Show me an athlete that has not please.
     
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Jun 29, 2005, 12:46 AM
 
Originally Posted by brapper
sports·man·ship

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Sorry, I do not believe in "sportsmanship", except on a kids little league team, perhaps.

Modern day sports is a big money business, driven by huge salaries, endorsement deals, illegal drugs etc.

Nobody wants to be #2. The most important thing is to win, to get the gold, to be #1. That's all that counts in the end. I would say that just about any athlete who says otherwise is full of crap.
     
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Jun 29, 2005, 12:49 AM
 
Originally Posted by budster101
Show me an athlete that has not please.
http://www.citypaper.com/news/story.asp?id=3534

"Drummond, Lewis, Williams, and Greene were not the only American Olympians who behaved in ways that angered or embarrassed a lot of viewers back home. Swimmer Amy Van Dyken spit in her competitors' lanes before each race and publicly suggested that her chief rival was doping. Her teammates' pre-race trash-talking--"We will smash them like guitars," swimmer Gary Hall said of his Australian rivals before his U.S. team lost the 4x100 freestyle relay to those same Aussies--wasn't exactly the epitome of the Olympic spirit either. "
     
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Jun 29, 2005, 01:08 AM
 
What does trash talking have to do with celebrating after a victory?

Those athletes should not be allowed to represent the USA again. I'm speaking to, if you win, you get to celebrate! After all they go through to train, and sacrifice, they should be allowed to celebrate.
     
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Jun 29, 2005, 02:01 AM
 
Originally Posted by budster101
What does trash talking have to do with celebrating after a victory?
Hmm..did you read the article I linked? Let me just quote the key part for you.

"How does a group of Olympic champions wind up in this Hall of Shame next to a flamboyant racist and an unusually vicious hockey goon? How did they slide from the apex of athletics to the pit of national derision in eight weeks?

In fact, the descent only took about 20 minutes: 15 minutes of post-race celebration on the track, and a few minutes more on the podium while receiving their medals. As they took their victory lap around Stadium Australia, some of the runners stripped to the waist. They struck poses. They flexed. They wrapped American flags around their shoulders, then their heads. Williams made funny faces. While "The Star-Spangled Banner" played, Greene stuck out his tongue and Lewis balanced his medal on his forehead.

Americans found a lot not to like in those 20 minutes. Newspaper columnists across the country gave several explanations for our collective distaste: the runners disrespected the flag; they forgot what the Olympics are all about; they gave life to the embarrassing image of the Ugly American; they embodied the narcissism and ethic of self-promotion that is corroding sport from the top down.
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Jun 29, 2005, 02:09 AM
 
I'm sorry, I thought you quoted the pertinent part of the article. No, I did not read the linked article, but thanks for reminding me of what the Olympics are NOT about. I remember this instance and it was shameful. It doesn't however justify how the US athletes have been treated regarding celebrating. During the last Olympics they were seemingly singled out and it made my blood boil.
     
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Jun 29, 2005, 03:24 AM
 
One of the French officials has already left under suspicion of bribery!

I'm backing the London 2012 bid... being British and all!

Edit: According to the bookies, Paris and London are the favourites, with Paris having a slight edge at the moment.
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Jun 29, 2005, 03:49 AM
 
"Paris still has the top score, rising three points to 89, followed by London at 87, up two points, with New York rising to 83, a six-point increase in the three weeks since the last ranking."

Paris = 89
London = 87
New York = 83

Looks close to me.

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Jun 29, 2005, 11:39 AM
 
Originally Posted by as2
One of the French officials has already left under suspicion of bribery!

I'm backing the London 2012 bid... being British and all!

Edit: According to the bookies, Paris and London are the favourites, with Paris having a slight edge at the moment.
Yeah well New York and London were bust publicly for breaking the rules. Both tried to sweeten their bids after close by offering to pay for athletes' flights.

New York's bid is dead in the water with the stadium debacle. The race is between Paris, Madrid and London. Paris has the best bid on paper with a far better transport system, a novel proposal to hold events in the city (including 100m dash through the Tuilleries), but I'd prefer if the Olympics weren't in my back yard!
     
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Jun 29, 2005, 12:37 PM
 
The Olympics is a shadow of it's former purpose. All of the money involved has cheapened the Games. Even bidding to host has turned into a venue for cheating, so how can we expect athletes not to use steroids, etc?

Who do I think will get it? Paris. They seem to be the golden child in the eyes of the committee.

The whole Olympic process, from organizers to athletes needs to take a serious look inside themselves though. What was once intended to bring down international borders with sportsmanship is now quite different.

But I guess that's nothing new. I just miss it when the athletes were young amateurs who were in it for the idea of testing themselves against the others, rather than a bunch of pros who don't give a rats rear.

Politics has been a part of the games forever, though. Look at 1936. Hitler hosting and attempting to highlight the "superiority" of the Aryan. Jesse Owens winning four gold medals. The US boycott of the 1980 Summer games in Moscow. The Russian boycott of 1984 in LA. The 1980 Miracle on Ice, in which a bunch of kids from the US beat the USSR to advance for the gold. Does anyone remember who they played for the gold? No, they remember the game before, because of politics.

Good luck to anyone who cares, the cities, the athletes, etc. I probably won't watch either way.
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Jun 29, 2005, 12:46 PM
 
Originally Posted by budster101
Paris? NFW. USA should boycott if they win the bid. Stink'n Frenchies suck.


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Jun 29, 2005, 01:32 PM
 
As much as I'd like New York to win since it would be a short drive for me to go to an event, I have a feeling it will be Paris.
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Jun 29, 2005, 01:50 PM
 
Paris, such a great city.....
     
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Jun 29, 2005, 01:58 PM
 
I want New York to win, but I think Paris will win.
  • Moscow held an Olympics relatively recently.
  • Madrid didn't host an Olympics recently, but a nearby city in the same country -Barcelona- did.
  • New York is not politically correct right now, plus the US has hosted an Olympics even more recently than Russia or Spain.
This brings the contest down to London versus Paris, and in this situation Paris' climate will probably carry the day.
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Jun 29, 2005, 06:14 PM
 
I'd like to see it go to London.

But biggest on my mind is I'd like to see anyone but CBS doing the coverage.
     
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Jun 29, 2005, 06:33 PM
 
i think NBC has coverage for the next couple olympics. but i could be wrong.
the only reason i'd like to see it in NY is that maybe they'd show some events LIVE then. i'm sick of the 8 hour delay on top of the time zone delay.
     
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Jun 29, 2005, 06:38 PM
 
Originally Posted by Millennium
*]New York is not politically correct right now,
Either is Paris
     
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Jun 29, 2005, 06:50 PM
 
Paris has everything already in place, they just don't need an OG, since they're already up to their ears in tourists/visitors.

I'd say Moscow should get it. It's a different era than last time, and the city could probably use the excuse to give itself a face lift and build some new stuff.

None of the other cities will really benefit and it'll be a huge headache anyway.
     
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Jun 29, 2005, 06:51 PM
 
Originally Posted by KevinK
Either is Paris
Expand on that.
     
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Jun 29, 2005, 06:57 PM
 
In the SAME context NY isn't PC RIGHT NOW, Either is Paris.
     
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Jun 29, 2005, 07:04 PM
 
Originally Posted by KevinK
In the SAME context NY isn't PC RIGHT NOW, Either is Paris.
Care to actually tell us why Paris is not politically correct?
     
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Jun 29, 2005, 07:10 PM
 
Originally Posted by KevinK
In the SAME context NY isn't PC RIGHT NOW, Either is Paris.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/le...rnitv113.shtml
     
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Jun 29, 2005, 07:12 PM
 
Originally Posted by ambush
Care to actually tell us why Paris is not politically correct?
Because of France's dealings these past years. Of course.
     
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Jun 29, 2005, 07:16 PM
 
Originally Posted by KevinK
Because of France's dealings these past years. Of course.
What dealings?
     
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Jun 29, 2005, 07:19 PM
 
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Originally Posted by ambush
What dealings?
Oh I don't know, illegally selling weapons to Iraq for oil....
     
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Originally Posted by KevinK
Oh I don't know, illegally selling weapons to Iraq for oil....
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Jun 29, 2005, 07:39 PM
 
What does that have to do with the price of Gold in China?

I SAID, PARIS was un-PC JUST LIKE NEW YORK WAS.

You are the one denying that Paris isn't PC.

I never denied NY wasn't.

I am sorry if my answer ticked you off. It's the truth non-the-less.
     
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Originally Posted by KevinK
What does that have to do with the price of Gold in China?

I SAID, PARIS was un-PC JUST LIKE NEW YORK WAS.

You are the one denying that Paris isn't PC.

I never denied NY wasn't.

I am sorry if my answer ticked you off. It's the truth non-the-less.
Paris might not be 100% pol. correct, but the US are very, very far from being pol. correct.
     
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Originally Posted by ambush
Paris might not be 100% pol. correct, but the US are very, very far from being pol. correct.
ambush, you are arguing with yourself.
     
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Jun 29, 2005, 08:27 PM
 
Hey, that poll is missing "Reykjavik, Iceland". We Are Not Controversial™

(even though our US Navy ass-kissing government supported the invasion of Iraq).
     
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Originally Posted by Hugi
Hey, that poll is missing "Reykjavik, Iceland". We Are Not Controversial™

(even though our US Navy ass-kissing government supported the invasion of Iraq).
Not controversial? You've got two different letters that both act as glides in your name!


Sheesh... not controversial....
     
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Jun 29, 2005, 08:32 PM
 
well living in nyc, i can't imagine us getting the olympics...but the money is one paris...now that would be a great place to attend an olympic event...oui oui
     
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Jun 29, 2005, 09:30 PM
 
Jeez -

Even the act of talking about what city should get the Olympic games 7 years from now turns into a political discussion. Come on people!

I would love a chance to visit ANY of these cities. Being that I love to travel but can't afford it much, all of these cities have characteristics I'd like to see. I know that having a great art museum or having beautiful architecture isn't a factor in getting the Games, but all of these cities offer culture that so many others don't. This is really a good list.

We [i]could[/] turn this into a joke thread. Like listing potential events in each of the host cities...

Paris: The Smoker's Mile, where chain smokers have to continually smoke while running a mile. And in the final heat, they have to do it without stepping in any strategically placed dog poop.

New York: the Turnstile Jump. Instead of hurdles, there are turnstiles. Basic, but interesting.

Any other ideas?
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The thread title confused me. I was going to vote for "The East Germans".
     
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Originally Posted by nonhuman
Not controversial? You've got two different letters that both act as glides in your name!


Sheesh... not controversial....
     
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The women or the men? Oh wait. No difference.
     
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Originally Posted by nonhuman
Not controversial? You've got two different letters that both act as glides in your name!


Sheesh... not controversial....
     
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Jun 30, 2005, 03:57 AM
 
New York has no chance, the IOC wants to have the olympics in Europe for 2012, one of the reasons Vancouver was selected for the 2010. With the 2010 Olympics being in North America already this really limits the chance of another olympics being in North America so soon after.
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Originally Posted by KevinK
Oh I don't know, illegally selling weapons to Iraq for oil....
Funny, wasn’t it the US that supplied Iraq with its original supply of “Weapons of mass destruction” during the Iraq Iran conflict....
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Originally Posted by Athens
New York has no chance.
I agree, I don't believe NYC has any chance either, though probably not for the same reasons as you.


btw - NYC has never once hosted the Olympics, so it would be about bloody time. Nobody can claim to have a worldwide event, without at least once holding it in NYC.
     
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Olympics?

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Originally Posted by KevinK
Oh I don't know, illegally selling weapons to Iraq for oil....
Oh, that doesn't matter to the international community. They're perfectly willing to gloss over that for the sake of declaring The Great Un-PC Personality of the Moment (namely, the US) as one-dimensionally evil.
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While I would love to see NYC get it, I wouldn't mind seeing Moscow, London receiving it.
     
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Jun 30, 2005, 11:06 AM
 
I will be faithful and hope that New York City will win. I also hope that Paris won't win.

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