Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Games of the 30th Olympiad

"The International Olympic Committee has the honor of announcing that the
Games of the 30th Olympiad in 2012 are awarded to the city of London." - IOC president Jacques Rogge

I was disappointed when I heard the news that New York City didn’t get the 2012 Summer Olympics. New York City, like it or not, is the Capital of the World. I know a lot of people just read that line and said to themselves that I am wrong or that I’m biased, but it true – it’s the biggest and most powerful city in the entire world…bar none.

However, I was pretty happy that London was awarded the Olympic Games and not Paris. This is the first time since the 1948 Olympics that London will be the host, after they narrowly defeated Paris 54-50 on the fourth ballot of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) vote. But if we had to lose out to somebody, wouldn’t you rather it be our buddies across the pond?
The first three rounds eliminated the three cities that had small chances of winning with Moscow going out in the first round with just 15 votes. New York was next with only 16 followed by Madrid with 31 votes.

London's victory handed Paris its third loss at hosting the Olympics in 20 years – Losing out on the 1992 and 2008 Olympics. Paris hasn't hosted the games since 1924. Paris did have a perceived advantage because this was the third time they were bidding and especially because IOC has a tendency to reward persistence. Paris also already has an Olympic stadium and welcomed the IOC's blueprint for controlling the size and cost of the games. The massive urban renewal of East London was what London used as a major selling point in its fourth bid from Britain after losing bids by Birmingham for the 1992 Olympics and Manchester in 1996 & 2000.
I’ll say it again, I’m happy for Britain…if it wasn’t NYC it should be them. I just hope that the same terrorists that probably would’ve wanted to make disaster happen in New York will not be successful in London.

The Summer Olympics is and always will be a great month of competition and camaraderie held every four years…I’m sure London will put on a good show.


At 7/06/2005 10:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad that NYC didn't get it because the desire was in the pockets and interest of NY officials and their friends. it would been the claim to fame of the mayor and gov of NY, and paid their affiliates handsomely. And we don't need the risk, small as it may be, of any kind of disturbance/attack or spotlight on the country yet. I am of the opinion that enough time still has not passed and all the games would do is churn up sad memories and ill reaction/criticism of the United States of America. I am also glad that the pr1ck French didn't get it. There was comments made by their Prime Minister or President, whatever, directly at the British and other countries not even involved. He/they are pompous and loud when least needed, and infinitly silent and soft when they shouldn't be. F the French and their no backbone ways

At 7/06/2005 11:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree with the previous comment...i dont like the french, i dont support them by boycotting french owned companies and products. The french are weak. Im glad that london will host and glad that we will not. I dont like having the spotlight on the USA.

At 7/06/2005 12:52 PM, Blogger SLBennington said...

Let's be honest: NYC didn't have a chance. We sent Clinton and Bloomberg to Singapore as representatives. Britain sent Beckham. No contest. He's even prettier than Ali (who also attended on NYC's behalf).

What I really wanna know is, who was the one-armed guy jumping around on stage when London found out it was going to get the games?

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