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U.S. not seeking 2020 Summer Olympics
Washington Post ^ | February 21, 2010 | Amy Shipley

Posted on 02/21/2010 12:36:14 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper

Recently rebuffed in its attempt to hold the 2016 Summer Games in Chicago, the U.S. Olympic Committee does not plan to enter a U.S. city in the race for the 2020 Summer Games and remains uncertain about when it will next attempt to bring a Games to U.S. soil, USOC Chief Executive Scott Blackmun said Saturday morning.

"The cold and hard reality is Chicago spent approximately $80 million on its bid," Blackmun said. "It's going to be difficult to get U.S. cities to continue to invest to that level unless they think they have a realistic chance of winning. The [International Olympic Committee] sent us a message, loud and clear, that they don't want the Games to be in the United States."

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KEYWORDS: 2020olympics; nothanks; olympics
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The bid was looking good until the arrogant Obama flew in on just a single to give a single speech that was all about insulting America while praising himself (as usual).

Thanks Obama, Ya Jackass!!

1 posted on 02/21/2010 12:36:14 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Good. Give it a rest for a while, then when the timing is right, let one of the big cities that can handle these things like L.A. or N.Y. go for it.


2 posted on 02/21/2010 12:41:15 AM PST by americanophile (Good luck Team USA! Bring home the gold!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

With the ammount of debt America is racking up and the way Obama is spending money we can’t AFFORD to have the Olympics in the USA. I have hear that the security costs alone for the Vancouver Olympics is going to run almost $1 Billion.... barry and Congress is already wasting Billions for the “Stimulus”/Obama Democrat Slush Fund that has not created any jobs....


3 posted on 02/21/2010 12:42:47 AM PST by jakerobins
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To: americanophile

Canada is on their third Winter Olympics.


4 posted on 02/21/2010 12:42:54 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Yep, were taking our ball and going home. (blowing raspberry)


5 posted on 02/21/2010 12:46:06 AM PST by JoSixChip (HOPE = Have Obumber Prove Eligibility)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

That’s OK as long as we get to dominate in the medal count.
BTW the last time the US had the most medals during the Winter Olympics was in 1932. We can do this!


6 posted on 02/21/2010 12:47:37 AM PST by ari-freedom
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To: Berlin_Freeper

...and?


7 posted on 02/21/2010 12:52:42 AM PST by americanophile (Good luck Team USA! Bring home the gold!)
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To: ari-freedom

These events might go the way of the World’s Fairs,
just too expensive for the return.


8 posted on 02/21/2010 12:53:56 AM PST by Dem Guard
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To: ari-freedom

I’d be prouder of that achievement if the Winter Games hadn’t introduced X-Games junk sports that were mostly pioneered in the U.S. Granted, we’ve held our own in some big events too but all the skateboarding crap inflates our medal count.


9 posted on 02/21/2010 12:57:07 AM PST by OrangeHoof ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Bend over suckahs".)
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To: americanophile

Yes.


10 posted on 02/21/2010 12:57:22 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Dem Guard
yeah...I should know. This is my 'backyard':

11 posted on 02/21/2010 12:58:31 AM PST by ari-freedom
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To: OrangeHoof

Snowboarding.


12 posted on 02/21/2010 12:59:51 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
"The cold and hard reality is Chicago spent approximately $80 million on its bid,"

How?

13 posted on 02/21/2010 1:02:04 AM PST by ansel12 ( (anti SoCon. Earl Warren's court 1953-1969, libertarian hero, anti social conservative loser.))
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To: Berlin_Freeper

The Summer Games has become so huge that its a guaranteed money-loser. Think Athens is swimming in cash after hosting theirs? Barcelona? It could very well be that almost nobody is going to want to host them by 2020. Then the IOC will give the games to Havana or Pyongyang who’ll use it for propaganda purposes, not for sport.


14 posted on 02/21/2010 1:02:07 AM PST by OrangeHoof ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Bend over suckahs".)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

“Chicago spent approximately $80 million on its bid”

Barry’s inept Chicago Olympics bid is a microcosm of his Administration to date - profligate spending with no tangible results. Barry’s bloated ego is high maintenance.


15 posted on 02/21/2010 1:06:28 AM PST by purplelobster
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To: OrangeHoof

Shaun White is awesome, dude!
But I would have never dreamed that US would win silver in the Nordic Combined cross country. The last time we won a medal in cross country was in 1976. Norway tends to dominate that event...


16 posted on 02/21/2010 1:06:54 AM PST by ari-freedom
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To: OrangeHoof
And recent studies indicate the Canadian government will reap only about $1 billion in profits as compared to the previously estimated $9.6 billion.
17 posted on 02/21/2010 1:09:15 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Why not nominate Detroit? The union thugs at the UAW and SEIU can provide “security” for the event, ACORN can provide the “imported” adult “entertainment” for the tourists and athletes, AmeriCorps can work the stands, the Black Panthers can valet park, Michael Moore and his interns can film the events and the millions of homeless can cook Rainbow stew, roadkill and meth with a side of Thunderbird for the guests.


18 posted on 02/21/2010 1:09:44 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2 million for Sarah Palin: What will you do?)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

So “Boy Blunder” who is the worst salesman on the planet and cannot close a deal, much less a closet door, is the cause of our inability to host?

Will wonders never cease.


19 posted on 02/21/2010 1:10:27 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: ari-freedom
I was there! I trod that floor. It amazes me that it's still there. Note it was used in the video, Don't Lets Start by THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS. That was 1986, so it's actually been longer since then than it had been since the World's Fair when the video was made. I must be immortal.
20 posted on 02/21/2010 1:32:51 AM PST by dr_lew
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To: ari-freedom

I think that was a music pavilion after the World’s Fair. Led Zeppelin etc


21 posted on 02/21/2010 1:39:01 AM PST by dennisw (It all comes 'round again --Fairport)
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To: OrangeHoof

“Think Athens is swimming in cash after hosting theirs?”

There is a theory that it helped to negatively impact the finances of the entire Greek government. That may be a major overstatement, but who knows.

http://business.theatlantic.com/2010/02/did_the_olympics_break_the_greek_government.php


22 posted on 02/21/2010 1:43:34 AM PST by Mila
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To: dr_lew; ari-freedom

http://streetsyoucrossed.blogspot.com/2005_05_01_archive.html

I saw Led Zeppelin there


23 posted on 02/21/2010 1:44:32 AM PST by dennisw (It all comes 'round again --Fairport)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Canada is on their third Winter Olympics.

Third overall, but only the last two (Calgary 88 & Vancouver) are Winter, Montreal 76 was Summer.

But ever since 911 and the security issues it created, the Olympics are a huge sinkhole - British Columbia gambled because it figured there will be a big tourism payout down the road ("green, renewable jobs" too) - we'll see.


24 posted on 02/21/2010 1:51:52 AM PST by canuck_conservative
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Are you saying that Spiveys Corner will not be making a bid this year?


25 posted on 02/21/2010 2:15:46 AM PST by wolfpat (Moderate=Clueless)
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To: americanophile

I agree. We had the summer games and winter games recently. But if there is one country that is least deserving of a games, its Russia, one of the most corrupt, least deserving of any on the planet. I love the winter games, but the 2014 winter games in Russia is a IOC politically correct nightmare call.


26 posted on 02/21/2010 2:45:35 AM PST by Proud_USA_Republican ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Detroit??

Only if you want a riot after every American Gold Metal win.

27 posted on 02/21/2010 3:02:04 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin - For such a time as this...)
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To: ari-freedom

Now all the US needs is for one of our biathlon athletes to get a medal.

Since the Winter Olympics have started, the US has never won a medal.

I’d have to look but I’d also say it’s been decades since we last won a medal in cross-country skiing. The Europeans seem to have a lock in that event.


28 posted on 02/21/2010 3:02:48 AM PST by MplsSteve
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To: Berlin_Freeper

“The cold and hard reality is Chicago spent approximately $80 million on its bid.”
How do you spend 80 million on a bid? What a complete ripoff.
The olympics are a luxury that we can not afford. Let them go away for another day.


29 posted on 02/21/2010 3:15:17 AM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: MplsSteve

“Now all the US needs is for one of our biathlon athletes to get a medal.”

You’d think there’d be some Americans that can shoot in the winter...


30 posted on 02/21/2010 3:16:41 AM PST by ari-freedom
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To: ari-freedom

The biathlon competition is about skiing as much as shooting. The nations that do the best have the longest winters to allow for the most training in really intense cross-country skiing.

Look at who just cleaned up: Norway and Sweden. The Norwegians invented the sport.

What is really sad is that in a nation with as strong a base of gun owners, the US shooting teams have to use Anschuetz rifles, because there is no one making a competitive .22 rifle in the US.


31 posted on 02/21/2010 3:42:52 AM PST by NVDave
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To: JoSixChip

aye, that was my thought.


32 posted on 02/21/2010 3:44:56 AM PST by Irenic
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Most sports venues (olympics, professional teams, etc) are all money losers for their city.

It is only politicians who push for these so they can funnel projects to political cronies.


33 posted on 02/21/2010 4:42:50 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: ari-freedom

“You’d think there’d be some Americans that can shoot in the winter...”

Oh, there a great many of us who can shoot in the winter (and the spring, and the summer, and the fall), but most of us don’t get terribly excited about having to ski till our hearts and lungs explode in order to do it. We do it the right way: Identify a target, shoot it, and go back in the house for a beer.


34 posted on 02/21/2010 5:05:00 AM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

“...the U.S. Olympic Committee does not plan to enter a U.S. city in the race for the 2020 Summer Games...”

No one holds the Olympics in a third world nation populated with dusty villages and starving poor people...

Just setting the stage for the next steps in the Hussein Plan.


35 posted on 02/21/2010 5:14:18 AM PST by PIF
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To: Scotsman will be Free
“The cold and hard reality is Chicago spent approximately $80 million on its bid.” How do you spend 80 million on a bid? What a complete ripoff.

Actually, they probably did.
The Obama goons bought up all the property and spiffed it up, thinking that the great 0ne would bring home the bacon for them.

What tragic results ;-)

36 posted on 02/21/2010 5:18:57 AM PST by evad (OBAMA is a Clear and Present Danger to This Nation..and...He doesn't learn.)
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To: ari-freedom

That’s a shame.


37 posted on 02/21/2010 5:33:12 AM PST by Dem Guard
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To: Berlin_Freeper

The US may not want to seek out the Olympics soon, but Texas may.


38 posted on 02/21/2010 5:41:50 AM PST by BobL (When Democrats start to love this country more than they hate Republicans, good things might happen.)
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To: MplsSteve
The reason we haven't won a biathalon is that OUR expert shots on skis are taking out Taliban. I used to call the biathalon the “Speznatz Special” because so many of the athletes were Soviet special forces.
39 posted on 02/21/2010 5:51:44 AM PST by GAB-1955 (I write books, love my wife, serve my nation, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: ari-freedom
yeah...I should know. This is my 'backyard':

It used to be mine as well, long before those structures were even dreamed of. I learned to ice skate in the NYC Building and how to swim at the Aquacade. Both of those sites were leftovers from the '39 Fair. My grandfather(who passed away in '50) used to take me mushroom hunting there. My mother learned how to drive on the winding roads in the "Fair Grounds" as it was known. (Can still hear my father yelling, "Clutch...clutch...clutch" as the car bucked and lugged) I learned how to fish there, an avocation that remains to this day.
Aside from sitting under the Unisphere, passing around a jug of wine, listening to the concerts in the NY State pavilion in the early 70's, I don't think I ever went back to the Fair Grounds for the rest of my time in Fun City.

40 posted on 02/21/2010 5:53:50 AM PST by Roccus (POLITICIAN.....................a four letter word spelled with ten letters.)
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To: evad

I have zero(no pun intended) sympathy for chicago or illinois. They keep electing the scumbag thieves that continue to rip them off.


41 posted on 02/21/2010 5:58:38 AM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Let the world have it... we can show up and kick all of their arses and then leave... letting the rest of the world pay for the party. While we are at it... kick the friggin’ UN out of NY and drop our membership.

LLS

42 posted on 02/21/2010 6:00:21 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (hussama will never be my president... NEVER!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

This made my day! No blowing what $20+ billion for a 2 week event. London is spending over 10 billion pounds for their games. Vancouver went for a couple of hundred million to over $3 billion.


43 posted on 02/21/2010 6:01:25 AM PST by C19fan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Now THAT is reality!!! Well done!

LLS


44 posted on 02/21/2010 6:03:06 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (hussama will never be my president... NEVER!)
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To: Proud_USA_Republican

You make a good point but I would now rank Rio on top. You have a country where large sections of the population do not have basic infrastructure, for example clean running water, and the government is going to end up spending at least $20 billion to host the games.


45 posted on 02/21/2010 6:05:10 AM PST by C19fan
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To: Roccus

My father was 19 years old and living in Newark when the World Fair was held in NYC. I remember him mentioning it but don’t know if he visited the Fair. Do you know what the grounds are used for today?


46 posted on 02/21/2010 6:31:36 AM PST by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: ops33; ari-freedom

If you mean the ‘64 Fair, I’m the same age as your Dad.

http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_your_park/vt_flushing_meadows/vt_flushing_meadows_park.html

It had fallen into disrepair for the most part to the best of my knowledge. From the site linked above, it seems like it has made a come-back. FReeper ari-freedom would prolly be better able to give you an up-to-date account.


47 posted on 02/21/2010 6:59:41 AM PST by Roccus (POLITICIAN.....................a four letter word spelled with ten letters.)
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To: jakerobins
With the amount of debt America is racking up and the way Obama is spending money we can’t AFFORD to have the Olympics in the USA.

Exactly. The Olympics and the media just exploit the youth of the world, for their monetary gain, anyway.

48 posted on 02/21/2010 6:59:58 AM PST by chainsaw
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To: Roccus

Thank you for your reply, no I miss read your original post. My father was born in Newark in 1920 and would have attended the 1939 World’s Fair. Sorry.


49 posted on 02/21/2010 7:03:29 AM PST by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: ops33

‘sawright.


50 posted on 02/21/2010 7:11:17 AM PST by Roccus (POLITICIAN.....................a four letter word spelled with ten letters.)
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