Skip to comments.U.S. not seeking 2020 Summer Olympics
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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Thanks Obama, Ya Jackass!!
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.
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....
Canada is on their third Winter Olympics.
Yep, were taking our ball and going home. (blowing raspberry)
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!
These events might go the way of the World’s Fairs,
just too expensive for the return.
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.
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.
“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.
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...
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.
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.
I think that was a music pavilion after the World’s Fair. Led Zeppelin etc
“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.
I saw Led Zeppelin there
Are you saying that Spiveys Corner will not be making a bid this year?
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.
Only if you want a riot after every American Gold Metal win.
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.
“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.
“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...
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.
aye, that was my thought.
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.
“Youd think thered 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.
“...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.
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 ;-)
That’s a shame.
The US may not want to seek out the Olympics soon, but Texas may.
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.
I have zero(no pun intended) sympathy for chicago or illinois. They keep electing the scumbag thieves that continue to rip them off.
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.
Now THAT is reality!!! Well done!
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.
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?
If you mean the ‘64 Fair, I’m the same age as your Dad.
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.
Exactly. The Olympics and the media just exploit the youth of the world, for their monetary gain, anyway.
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.
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