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The US is hosting the Olympics less often now

20 years between Squaw Valley (1960) and Lake Placid (1980)

4 years between Lake Placid (1980) and LA (1984)

12 years between LA (1984) and Atlanta (1996)

6 years between Atlanta (1996) and Salt Lake City (2002)

a minimum of 20 years between Salt Lake City (2002) and ___

by Anonymousreply 810/13/2013

The IOC will be pushing "developing world" Olympics now. I think Japan's win will be the last "first world" win for awhile. Istanbul, Cape Town, Casablanca, Buenos Aires, the Pearl River Delta cities of China and Bangkok all want a chance.

by Anonymousreply 110/12/2013

The Olympics are a fiscal calamity for the communities that "win" the right to host them. They need to be completely rethought.

R1 is right, and it will be to the detriment (via enslaving debt and unneeded, inorganic infrastructure) of them all.

by Anonymousreply 210/12/2013

Atlanta's poorly organized and executed Olympics really hurt the chances for future U.S. Olympics. I think it was the first time the former head of the IOC did not declare an Olympics "the best games ever" at the closing ceremonies.

by Anonymousreply 310/12/2013

No US city has the money to host the Olympics. None. Our economy is in the toilet.

by Anonymousreply 410/12/2013

"The best games ever" was confined to Samaranch (nobody said Munich was the "best games ever" I'll tell you that much). And if he had, he would have been in trouble because there was a terrorist attack where people died. Duh. Atlanta was not "poorly organized." Sydney had the same kind of transportation issues, but they got much better press because they controlled the commercialism and were less obnoxious.

by Anonymousreply 510/12/2013

US and IOC are at loggerheads. The USOC demanded 30% of the television revenues v. 20% for other countries because 1) the USOC is not government funded as in other countries; 2) North America provided 60% of IOC's total media revenue. But since this proportion has been declining, IOC wants to cancel it's deal with the USOC and it is unlikely the US will get the Olympics again until it is on the same footing with the other countries. Or something like that.

by Anonymousreply 610/12/2013

What do you think of the Olympics being held permanently in Greece every four years?

by Anonymousreply 710/13/2013

r2 is exactly right. A city shouldn't have to spend billions of dollars to host the games. Much more emphasis should be placed on reusing the facilities after the games are over.

by Anonymousreply 810/13/2013
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