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Nobody Wants To Host The 2022 Olympics
Deadspin ^ | May 27, 2014 | Barry Petchesky

Posted on 05/28/2014 5:05:24 AM PDT by C19fan

The next Olympics to be awarded, a little more than a year from now, will be the 2022 Winter Games. Rather than going to the strongest bid, the games may end up going to the last city standing—a long list of potential hosts have given up on their Olympic dreams because the whole thing is one huge, useless waste of money.

Yesterday, Krakow, Poland, officially withdrew its bid for the games, a day after a citywide referendum where 70 percent of voters came out against hosting the Olympics. "Krakow is closing its efforts to be the host of the 2022 Winter Games due to the low support for the idea among the residents," said mayor Jacek Majchrowski.

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TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: 2022olympics; nothanks; olympics
So finally people have wised up on what a colossal waste of money hosting the games is. Did the Olympics run out of despots and cities/countries with self-esteem problems willing to blow tens of billions to host what is basically a two week party?
1 posted on 05/28/2014 5:05:24 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

What about Detroit?


2 posted on 05/28/2014 5:06:34 AM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: C19fan

And Obama couldn’t give them a city.


3 posted on 05/28/2014 5:06:41 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: C19fan

0bama will no doubt get the games to Chicago.


4 posted on 05/28/2014 5:08:05 AM PDT by Gamecock (#BringTheAdultsBackToDC)
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Reading the bottom of the article the last two cities standing is the oil/gas driven despot with President for Life Nursultan Nazarbayev and once again the ChiComs. I’m surprised the ChiComs after spending reportedly around $50 billion US to host the Summer Games are willing to blow another $50 billion to host the Winter Games but hey they that nice piggy bank of a trillion or two of US Treasuries.


5 posted on 05/28/2014 5:08:31 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: Hoodat

The Olympics are the last thing Detroit needs unless they planned on using existing venues which would be just fine.


6 posted on 05/28/2014 5:08:43 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek
After Obama was humiliated in his attempt to sell the IOC on Chicago he is snubbing them. Not going to suffer that narcissistic wound again.
8 posted on 05/28/2014 5:12:39 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: C19fan

The Winter Olympics are so highly specialized, that’s it’s hard to recoup the investment made in infrastructure. I mean, the US can do it, but that’s mainly because we have such a large domestic tourism economy that even a niche market can be profitable.

The Summer Olympics at least have a shot at breaking even (or better) if managed competently because so much of the infrastructure is near major population centers and many of the event venues can be converted to other sports, convention centers, and the like afterwards that can see solid use beyond the games themselves.


9 posted on 05/28/2014 5:13:56 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: C19fan

My choices:

1. Gary, IN
2. East St. Louis, IL
3. Oakland, CA

Let the world see our rich and diverse culture.


10 posted on 05/28/2014 5:18:08 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: C19fan

I’ve often thought that there should be permanent venues for the Olympics, and that the facilities be used as training centers between events.


11 posted on 05/28/2014 5:22:51 AM PDT by Ol' Sox
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To: C19fan

The only venue location that makes any sense to me is to always hold the Olympics in the same place. Send them back to Greece.


12 posted on 05/28/2014 5:28:24 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: hinckley buzzard

That is because him and the mooch lied their asses off when they made their pitch for the Chicago Olympics. Mooch told a story about how she sat on her father lap when she watched Carl Lewis win his gold. She was 24, and her father had multiple sclerosis.


13 posted on 05/28/2014 5:33:47 AM PDT by castlegreyskull
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To: hinckley buzzard

But this is the WINTER Olympics. If Chicago bid, they’d have to offer venues in WI or MI, but neither has Olympic level skiing so far as I know.


14 posted on 05/28/2014 5:37:44 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: ScottinVA

No those would be the host of the ‘Thugs games’ which includes the following sports: rioting and vandalism, knockout, car theft, murder and drug dealing.


15 posted on 05/28/2014 5:38:53 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: Hoodat

And who would be buying the Olympics for Detroit?


16 posted on 05/28/2014 5:44:17 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Gamecock
0bama will no doubt get the games to Chicago.

The sad part is, that failing the Summer games bid, his Chicago Winter bid, if not Hawaii instead, WILL be the last one standing.

Yes, I'm half joking about both, Chicago being a fairly flat region, and Hawaii getting minimal snow, but since when did any practical and authentic reasoning ever apply to BHO?

Look at the hundreds of billions deliberately wasted by him to reward his cronies.

17 posted on 05/28/2014 5:46:59 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Calvin Locke
**Chicago being a fairly flat region,**

It will be a shovel ready project! Think how much capital can be redistributed by the corruption that goes with building ski slopes on flat land!

18 posted on 05/28/2014 6:02:14 AM PDT by Gamecock (#BringTheAdultsBackToDC)
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To: C19fan
In November, voters in Munich, Germany, rejected a proposed Olympic bid. "The vote is not a signal against the sport," said one lawmaker, "but against the non-transparency and the greed for profit of the IOC."

Next sporting organization that will have its comeuppance is the NCAA and high stake sports schools. This is what the football Unionization is about. A system that earns billions in TV revenue, pays coach exorbitant wages, but then doesn't feed its students enough for the caloric demands of a division I athlete.

19 posted on 05/28/2014 6:02:38 AM PDT by 11th Commandment ("THOSE WHO TIRE LOSE")
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To: kevkrom

I agree, I think having them permanently in Switzerland makes the most sense. Good central location, and a neutral country.


20 posted on 05/28/2014 6:05:12 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Hoodat

Detroit would be a Awesome paintball battlefield.


21 posted on 05/28/2014 6:09:43 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: EDINVA

Ever heard of Telemark Resort in Wisconsin. It’s a Cross Country center. I’m sure there are more that a few ski jumps in the UP. Downhill would be the issue.


22 posted on 05/28/2014 6:12:56 AM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, Democrats believe every day is April 15th.)
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To: dfwgator

And move the summer games PERMANENTLY to Greece..it would help the country..


23 posted on 05/28/2014 6:16:18 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: ops33
The only venue location that makes any sense to me is to always hold the Olympics in the same place. Send them back to Greece.

Good idea for the Summer Olympics. For the Winter Olympics, make some northern European country host it, or maybe US or Canada. And as another poster suggested, make the venue permanent and use it as an Olympic training site the rest of the time.

24 posted on 05/28/2014 6:21:10 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: cripplecreek
The Olympics are the last thing Detroit needs unless they planned on using existing venues which would be just fine.

Other than hockey, I don't think Detroit offers any suitable winter games venues.

25 posted on 05/28/2014 6:28:50 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: OrioleFan

We don’t want it it.


26 posted on 05/28/2014 6:42:27 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: C19fan

Remember when Phoenix was denied the right to host the Winter Olympics because Arizona didn’t have a holiday to honor Martin Luther King? Well, that’s been taken care of, and Arizona now has such a holiday. So Phoenix, or better still, Yuma, should be the site of the next Winter Olympics.


27 posted on 05/28/2014 6:44:37 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: JimRed
Other than hockey, I don't think Detroit offers any suitable winter games venues.

There is one ski slope there which is located on a former landfill and affectionately known by locals as Mount Trashmore.


28 posted on 05/28/2014 6:45:27 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: C19fan
Boredom does not sell well. The new Generations could care less how fast or how far you can jump when skiing. Put Johnny Knoxville in charge and the Olympics will then keep up with the times. Host them on YouTube in a do it yourself style. Insurance sales would skyrocket.
29 posted on 05/28/2014 6:51:21 AM PDT by liberty or death
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To: Fiji Hill

Winter Olympics in the desert? Really?

Does Arizona have ski resorts in the mountains of Arizona? I know places such as Flagstaff gets lots of snow in the winter, not sure if they have ski facilities though.


30 posted on 05/28/2014 7:10:37 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (et)
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To: liberty or death

good point. Do today’s young people even care about big events such as the Olympics? Wonder what the TV ratings for the Olympics were, wonder if NBC made any money on their huge investment in that?

This is amazing, to think that they can’t find enough places in the world who want to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, so they can’t do a bidding process.


31 posted on 05/28/2014 7:12:08 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (et)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Do today’s young people even care about big events such as the Olympics?
NBC must think so. All I saw on TV during the 2014 games at Sochi was snowboarding.
32 posted on 05/28/2014 7:32:58 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: C19fan

The best bet would be to set up an “athlete games”, with low budget everything and grandstands at only millionaire prices, and pay per view.

No b.s. about amateur athletes, so professionals can join in. And individuals, as well as national teams, can compete.

One sport at a time, and only those sports that can support a paid audience. And a lot of those sports could be atypical, like extreme fighting and Kumite, professional style wrestling, swordfighting, and even ‘warfighting’ with real guns and blanks, and laser-tag casualties, calculated not just by uniform sensors but by real time computer analysis from overhead cameras.


33 posted on 05/28/2014 7:45:29 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: C19fan

Good for Krackow. Denver won the olympics back in the 70s, until the city went to the voters with the bill to pay for it. Then the city leaders got a shock that the citizens didn’t want the games, because they voted down the funding. Then Denver had to go back to the olympic committe and tell them they weren’t doing it after all. That still makes me proud.


34 posted on 05/28/2014 7:45:35 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Hoodat
What about Detroit?

Hell no, this is the perfect time for zero and mooochelle to push Chicago! The perfect place for the olympics that nobody wants, the place where nobody wants to go pushed by the people nobody respects.

35 posted on 05/28/2014 8:10:19 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Vince Ferrer

But think of all the tourism dollars that curling venue could have brought to Denver.


36 posted on 05/28/2014 8:37:25 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: C19fan

Why not use the facilities already built, say Salt Lake City, Lake Placid etc?


37 posted on 05/28/2014 8:39:27 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Buckeye McFrog
There is one ski slope there which is located on a former landfill and affectionately known by locals as Mount Trashmore.

There is one of those a few exits down the Garden State Parkway from our location, same name. No snowmaking or facilities.

38 posted on 05/28/2014 8:47:12 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: ScottinVA

Gastonia, NC.


39 posted on 05/28/2014 8:48:31 AM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: 1Old Pro

Lake Placid is actually a very rational suggestion. Just about all of the infrastructure is in place there.


40 posted on 05/28/2014 8:53:52 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Flagstaff actually does have ski facilities- Arizona Snow Bowl is what it used to be called- pretty neat but not large scale and doesn’t always get enough snow. I am sure the area is not up to Olympic needs. I would imagine one of the large Colorado resorts would be much more appropriate.


41 posted on 05/28/2014 8:54:18 AM PDT by Tammy8
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I was in Lake Placid a few years ago. There was actually talk of Lake Placid and Montreal (they’re about two hours apart) co-hosting the games. Lake Placid has the facilities to support outdoor events (ski jumping, downhill etc.) and Montreal the indoor events (figure skating, hockey). First Olympics hosted by two countries. I thought, interesting idea, quite creative.


42 posted on 05/28/2014 9:33:13 AM PDT by Fair Paul
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To: C19fan

In Chicago we gave a billionaire his taxpayer paid, custom built stadium for free and we get it back in 30 years. Yipee!

No true representative would do this to their client.


43 posted on 05/28/2014 10:29:56 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: liberty or death

Redbull does it all the time and it’s twice as exciting, plus I don’t have to subsidize it if I don’t want to.

Privatize the Olympics, it’s an old idea grown stale in the 21st century.


44 posted on 05/28/2014 10:33:19 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: C19fan

I got a field out back they could use if they’d promise to stay out of the barn.


45 posted on 05/28/2014 10:38:43 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Ol' Sox

If they don’t want permanent facilities, let cities bid for two or three consecutive games so the facilities can have a useful life.


46 posted on 05/28/2014 11:07:48 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Fiji Hill

I think you meant to type, “Super Bowl”.

NFL was hypocritical. They demanded AZ make MLK birthday a state holiday, and yet the NFL did not give their own employees the day off.


47 posted on 05/28/2014 11:13:26 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: SeaHawkFan; Dilbert San Diego

Yuma, Ariz. would probably not have enough hotels to host a Winter Olympics. However, that wouldn’t be a problem for Honolulu, which has more than enough hotels In Waikiki alone. To my knowledge, Honolulu has never hosted the Winter Olympics.


48 posted on 05/28/2014 4:10:00 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: reformedliberal

Agreed.


49 posted on 05/28/2014 4:28:56 PM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, Democrats believe every day is April 15th.)
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