Atlanta is a poor venue for the Olympics

Atlanta is a poor venue for the Olympics

Post by Douglas J. Bro » Sat, 20 Jul 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

>Not a day too soon - how about Edinburgh?  Anyone care to help me
>put a bid together?

Unfortunately, I lack the connections and the money. But I think --
seriously -- that a shared Edinburgh-Glasgow Scottish games could be
done.
 
 
 

Atlanta is a poor venue for the Olympics

Post by Douglas J. Bro » Sat, 20 Jul 1996 04:00:00

Quote:


>> >Also Atlanta is a second class city with no clear identity and is a poor choice of host city.
>You obviously have never been to Atlanta and truly experienced the many different sides of this
>city.

David, you are quoting my quote of the fellow with whom I was
disagreeing. (I know, this quote-in-a-quote thing can drive me nuts,
too!) I agree 1000% with you... I married a Georgia girl, and I should
have moved to her house instead of vice-versa. I love Atlanta... it's
not perfect, but it is one of the best cities on Earth.

And I will be there Monday!

 
 
 

Atlanta is a poor venue for the Olympics

Post by Frazer Middleto » Sat, 20 Jul 1996 04:00:00

Quote:


> >Not a day too soon - how about Edinburgh?  Anyone care to help me
> >put a bid together?

> Unfortunately, I lack the connections and the money. But I think --
> seriously -- that a shared Edinburgh-Glasgow Scottish games could be
> done.

Hey - what better backdrop than the castle?  We could be tacky and
have some events up there too - imagine the spectacle of Butka(sp?)
pole-vaulting over the entrance!  We could re-fill Loch Nor and
hold the swimming events down there, and the 100 metre dash from
Jenner's to Waverley Station!  Its getting better by the minute.

Ooops, I'm getting all nostalgic. ;-)
-Frazer-

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Atlanta is a poor venue for the Olympics

Post by Shas » Sun, 21 Jul 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>I have no doubt the Atlanta 1996 is being as hailed as the greatest Olympics ever.
>After it is over they will rave about the number of world and olympics records that
>were broken, the number of people participating/spectating and the profit that was
>made.
>However, I'm a slightly old fashioned in my opinions as to what constitute a
>wonderful Olympics. I was lucky enough to go to Barcelona in 1992 and experience the
>wonderful culture and heritage of the city, the friendly and knowledgable people
>that we met and the general ethos and spirit in which the Games were played. (with
>the exception of the judo). There was no demented eagerness to win at all costs by
>the hosts, or to distract the other competitors with mindless chanting. Instead, the
>people ignored the nationality of the competitors and just marvelled at their
>abilities.

I think Atlanta will be an acceptable Olympic Games but in my heart I
think the city for 1996 had to be Athens.
I was volunteer in Barcelona 1992 and well I can assure that between
the native hospitality, the joy of the city and the solidarity and
fair play spirit that were in the air our Games were, are and will be
unforgettable.
Hugs,
       Shaska;-)))
 
 
 

Atlanta is a poor venue for the Olympics

Post by Frank Down » Sun, 21 Jul 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>I would've given it to:

>1996 Athens
>2000 Toronto
>2004 Sydney
>2008 San Francisco

Sorry, wrong.....

The 2008 Olympics will (I ferverently hope) be held in Boston!
Come, World, and taste the Lobster!
(Actually they are talking about either 2008 or 2012 for a bid.)

Frank

 
 
 

Atlanta is a poor venue for the Olympics

Post by A Guy named Mo » Sun, 21 Jul 1996 04:00:00

Quote:


> >I would've given it to:

> >1996 Athens
> >2000 Toronto
> >2004 Sydney
> >2008 San Francisco

> Sorry, wrong.....

> The 2008 Olympics will (I ferverently hope) be held in Boston!
> Come, World, and taste the Lobster!
> (Actually they are talking about either 2008 or 2012 for a bid.)

> Frank

NOt another Olympiad in the States, why not give it to a City that could
realy put on a GOOD show, like Toronto, Athens, China.  The opening
Cerimonies were a big joke. I can not beleave that they spent $25
million on it.  What a waste.
 
 
 

Atlanta is a poor venue for the Olympics

Post by Shas » Mon, 22 Jul 1996 04:00:00

Quote:


>>  Altanta is a poor choice for the summer Olympics games.
>>  Some of the reasons are:
>>  The summer heat endangers the lives of the atheletes and detracts from their performance.

>Have you ever been to Greece in the summer?  We were there a few years ago during the summer,
>mainly around Athens but saw other areas as well.  That air-conditioned motor coach sure was a
>woderful sight after a bit of sightseeing!  The heat doesn't usually bother me, but it sure was hot and
>sticky! Our guide arranged for us to visit the Acropolis first thing one morning before the heat got so
>bad!
>Penny

Sure Penny I have been in Athens in summer...is so hot as Barcelona
is. Nothing wrong with it. I have heard that Atlanta has a wet heat
that shock you...But my point is not this if not that Athens deserved
the Games because they are the roots and the origins of the Olympics.
Other things are money and commercial interests.Are these Games an
Olympic Games or a new product from Coca-Cola Cia. and CNN ???
                           Shaska
 
 
 

Atlanta is a poor venue for the Olympics

Post by R. Cunde » Mon, 22 Jul 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>Interesting thread to read.  However, I must agree with others that
>until Athens improves it's security situation, we should never endanger
>the world's athletes by sending them to Athens "in the spirit of the
>Olympics".  Until they fix the situation, I could care less if Athens
>EVER gets the Olympics again.

>While Barcelona will be a hard act for any Olympiad to follow, we should
>remember that $7 billion of public funds was pumped into that Olympiad.
>Atlanta, as commercial as it may be, can go on record for the least
>amount of public funds used (not sure of the figure but it ain't over a
>$1 billion if even that much).  As a matter of note, Sydney boast in
>their Olympic plan the support of over $2 billion in public funds.  Hey,
>if you don't like the commercialism, ignore the dang commercials and
>focus on the sport.  After watching the first day, I feel Atlanta has
>done a crack-up job for this Olympiad.  As far as their logistics issues
>are concerned, that's to be expected when you put on an event of this
>magnitude.  I noticed several of you mentioned that you volunteered for
>some Olympiad.  You should be the first to realize nothing goes as
>planned.  In my 10 years of working with major sports festivals, I've
>realized that no matter how well you plan, something's gonna bite you.
>For Atlanta, the most significant issue is transportation at this
>point.  They just didn't have the models to gauge the problems with
>MARTA.  Chock one up for experience.

>Bottom line: I think Atlanta deserves a lot of credit for putting on a
>fine Centennial Olympiad and I am looking forward to Sydney's show.

>Randy Bear
>San Antonio, TX

Randy Bear

It is too early to conclude if the Atlanta games is up to
previous games.

To use government funds instead of using solely commercial sources
is a reasonable decision for some countries.

The idea of exchanging old world charm for new world efficiency
appears not too be working .  The organizers would not even get the national teams
 on to the field with decent spacing.

High marks for the projections of the olympic athletes images on the greek temple
and the use of Ali as the flame lighter.

Bones

 
 
 

Atlanta is a poor venue for the Olympics

Post by Randy Bea » Mon, 22 Jul 1996 04:00:00

Interesting thread to read.  However, I must agree with others that
until Athens improves it's security situation, we should never endanger
the world's athletes by sending them to Athens "in the spirit of the
Olympics".  Until they fix the situation, I could care less if Athens
EVER gets the Olympics again.

While Barcelona will be a hard act for any Olympiad to follow, we should
remember that $7 billion of public funds was pumped into that Olympiad.
Atlanta, as commercial as it may be, can go on record for the least
amount of public funds used (not sure of the figure but it ain't over a
$1 billion if even that much).  As a matter of note, Sydney boast in
their Olympic plan the support of over $2 billion in public funds.  Hey,
if you don't like the commercialism, ignore the dang commercials and
focus on the sport.  After watching the first day, I feel Atlanta has
done a crack-up job for this Olympiad.  As far as their logistics issues
are concerned, that's to be expected when you put on an event of this
magnitude.  I noticed several of you mentioned that you volunteered for
some Olympiad.  You should be the first to realize nothing goes as
planned.  In my 10 years of working with major sports festivals, I've
realized that no matter how well you plan, something's gonna bite you.
For Atlanta, the most significant issue is transportation at this
point.  They just didn't have the models to gauge the problems with
MARTA.  Chock one up for experience.

Bottom line: I think Atlanta deserves a lot of credit for putting on a
fine Centennial Olympiad and I am looking forward to Sydney's show.

Randy Bear
San Antonio, TX

 
 
 

Atlanta is a poor venue for the Olympics

Post by Capt » Tue, 23 Jul 1996 04:00:00

No, not three in 16 years.  3 in 18 years if you count the 2002 Winter
Games, but not 3 in 16.  Also, Atlanta is a poor venue.
CLASH FOREVER!!! SAN-JO-SE!!! SAN-JO-SE!!!
SAN JOSE!!! CLASH!!!

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Favorite Soccer Teams (Club): San Jose Clash, Manchester United
Favorite Soccer Teams (International): USA, Canada, Germany
Favorite Baseball Teams: Toronto Blue Jays, San Francisco Giants
Favorite Football Teams: Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers
Favorite Ice Hockey Teams: San Jose Sharks, Toronto Maple Leafs
Favorite Roller Hockey Teams: San Jose Rhinos, the Oakland team
Favorite Cities: San Francisco, Toronto, Athens, London, Paris, Berlin,
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LEAST Favorite City: los angeles (Disgrace to America)
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Atlanta is a poor venue for the Olympics

Post by Capt » Tue, 23 Jul 1996 04:00:00

They're playing the soccer tournament in Athens,

Georgia
CLASH FOREVER!!! SAN-JO-SE!!! SAN-JO-SE!!!
SAN JOSE!!! CLASH!!!

Favorite TV Show: The X-Files
Favorite Soccer Teams (Club): San Jose Clash, Manchester United
Favorite Soccer Teams (International): USA, Canada, Germany
Favorite Baseball Teams: Toronto Blue Jays, San Francisco Giants
Favorite Football Teams: Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers
Favorite Ice Hockey Teams: San Jose Sharks, Toronto Maple Leafs
Favorite Roller Hockey Teams: San Jose Rhinos, the Oakland team
Favorite Cities: San Francisco, Toronto, Athens, London, Paris, Berlin,
Hamburg
LEAST Favorite City: los angeles (Disgrace to America)
Favorite Cricket Team: Who gives a bleep?

 
 
 

Atlanta is a poor venue for the Olympics

Post by Lasse Hermansso » Tue, 23 Jul 1996 04:00:00

The way Atlanta is messing up, it seems like a long time before the US will get any
olympics, so I think you'll need to reconsider your 'wish-lists'.

--
- Lasse Hermansson

 
 
 

Atlanta is a poor venue for the Olympics

Post by mayer » Tue, 23 Jul 1996 04:00:00

CINCINNATI, OHIO  U.S.A. for 2008.

America's most liveable city will have 2 new stadiums, existing
first class university facilities, is within 90 miles of
Indianapolis, Columbus, & Lexington, and will hopefully have the
backing of one of the world's largest company's and advertisers
(Procter & Gamble).

==========CaptG3, 7/18/96==========

I would've given it to:

1996 Athens
2000 Toronto
2004 Sydney
2008 San Francisco
2012 Johannesburg
2016 Rio De Janiero
2020 Washington, DC
2024 London
2028 Beijing
2032 Paris
2036 Melbourne
2040 Vancouver
2044 Bogota
2048 Cairo
2052 Oslo (becoming the 1st city to hold the summer and winter
games, and
              joining Athens in holding 2 Olympiads exactly 100 years
apart)
2056 Madrid
2060 Houston
2064 Seoul
2068 Auckland
2072 Hamburg
2076 San Francisco
2080 Moscow (the 3rd city to hold 2 Olympiads 100 years apart)
2084 Montreal
2088 Rome
2092 Mexico City
2096 Athens

...and so on!

Cheers,
Alex
CLASH FOREVER!!! SAN-JO-SE!!! SAN-JO-SE!!!
SAN JOSE!!! CLASH!!!

Favorite TV Show: The X-Files
Favorite Soccer Teams (Club): San Jose Clash, Manchester United
Favorite Soccer Teams (International): USA, Canada, Germany
Favorite Baseball Teams: Toronto Blue Jays, San Francisco Giants
Favorite Football Teams: Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers
Favorite Ice Hockey Teams: San Jose Sharks, Toronto Maple Leafs
Favorite Roller Hockey Teams: San Jose Rhinos, the Oakland team
Favorite Cities: San Francisco, Toronto, Athens, London, Paris, Berlin,
Hamburg
LEAST Favorite City: los angeles (Disgrace to America)
Favorite Cricket Team: Who gives a bleep?