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View Poll Results: Would you like to see a Winter Olympics in the SI?
Yes - It would be good for NZ & OZ. 68 87.18%
No - A waste of time and money. 10 12.82%
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Old July 15th, 2010, 08:38 AM   #121
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I honestly still don't know how Salzburg lost out to Sochi when Salzburg seemed to have the much, MUCH stronger bid. Shows that funny things can happen I guess!
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Old July 16th, 2010, 04:22 AM   #122
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I honestly still don't know how Salzburg lost out to Sochi when Salzburg seemed to have the much, MUCH stronger bid. Shows that funny things can happen I guess!
Yes you can assume Salzburg and Munich will scrap it out for the 2018 games, don't be surprized if you see South Korea sneak in behind those two bids and win.
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Old July 17th, 2010, 11:11 PM   #123
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I guess this has been the era of all the major world sporting bodies wanting to appear as if they are breaking barriers - it was an attractive prospect to go to Russia - especially considering that they are one of the most powerful winter sports nations and had never hosted a Winter Games. Compare that to Austria who has hosted previously.
It was also the era when having your President at the bid presentation gave you major brownie points. This is what pushed London ahead of Paris in the 2012 vote, and having Putin playing a major part for Sochi was a real winnner.
I guess also the Russian bid was sexy, the venues which they planned and are building were really impressive.
Finally, it was a repeat bid from Sochi (though this was also the case for Salzburg).

For 2018, it's Munich heading up against Annecy and Pyongchang.
Munich seems to be the favourite with an impressive bid, PC has constantly failed at the final hurdling. Bar a few votes, we would have had the Winter Games in South Korea this year.
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Old January 16th, 2011, 07:47 PM   #124
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Winter Olympics bid 'ambitious'

MARC GREENHILL - The Press Last updated 05:00 17/01/2011

A mystery group is pushing for a South Island bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

The group, New Zealand 2022 Winter Olympic Bid, has created a website, Facebook page, logo and two-minute promotional video.

Talk about a joint Christchurch-Queenstown bid for the first southern hemisphere Winter Games has grown after suggestions of a clash between the 2022 Fifa World Cup and the Winter Olympics.

However, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge said there were no plans to move the Games date.

The group, which could not be contacted, is also associated with a Brisbane bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Christchurch skiing identity Anton Coberger said New Zealand as host was "laughably improbable", while the New Zealand Olympic Committee said such a plan would be "ambitious in the extreme".

In 1998, a bid for the 2006 Winter Olympics by Christchurch businessman Bruce Ullrich, a former Olympic and Commonwealth Games administrator, was aborted.

Other sites believed to be considering a 2022 Games bid include Harbin in China, Munich in Germany, Lillehammer in Norway, Barcelona and Zaragoza in Spain, Toulouse in France and Quebec in Canada.

The winner will be announced in 2015.

New Zealand Olympic Committee secretary-general Barry Maister said those who had been to a Winter Olympics realised it was an "enormous undertaking".

He was "blown away" by the logistics involved with the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.

"I took a look at the infrastructure and thought, `This is way beyond us'," Maister said.

"I admire people with passion and vision, and people who want to make things happen, but my initial take is that a Winter Olympics Games for New Zealand is ambitious in the extreme."

Ullrich's aim was a "no-frills Games" in 2006, where competitors would be housed at Lincoln University, with some in "a sub-village" in the Wanaka area, close to skiing venues.

Coberger said Queenstown's 2009 Winter Games, one of the largest snow events outside the Olympics, was "just do-able".

The step up to a Winter Olympics was too large, he said.

"We'll just manage to run the Rugby World Cup, for which we really only have to build a few big stadiums."

"For a Winter Olympic Games you need specialised tracks, all of which need synthetic snow made now."

NZSki chief executive James Coddington, who attended last year's Vancouver Olympics, said it was an "ambitious" concept, but doubted it was feasible.

"It makes perfect sense, if we had the facilities to deliver such an event," he said.

"Just hosting the media alone would tie up most of the Christchurch accommodation, let alone the athletes and support crew," he said.

Vancouver's Whistler ski area spent more than C$80 million (NZ$105m) developing a bobsleigh track.

"You've got a whole host of different events which we just don't currently have the facilities for," he said.

Maister said the cost would be "phenomenal", even just to make a bid.

"It's on a different scale to anything we do here, and we're a little country.

"I'm trying not to be sceptical here, but I just think, realistically, we're a long way from it."
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Old January 17th, 2011, 05:27 AM   #125
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Harbin, China would be awesome, if not frighteningly cold.

Anyone seen the ice and sculpture festival there? Unbelieveable:

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I want to see it in Munich to be honest.
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Old July 16th, 2011, 12:47 AM   #127
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Interesting reading back over this...
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Thought you had some news, but still cool to check out.
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Old July 16th, 2011, 06:32 PM   #129
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I wish I had some news also, but there was talk relating to this thread starting up elsewhere, so I've highlighted this one so we can use it!
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Old July 16th, 2011, 06:34 PM   #130
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I did see in a number of the suggestions when the Share an Idea event was on, that people were saying about the Winter Olympics and the Commonwealth Games. Perhaps CHC could lead the way in some eco friendly events and try and reverse the rediculous costing games that now happen :-(
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Old July 16th, 2011, 06:54 PM   #131
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Unfortunately, the olympics is optimised for the northern hemisphere cities/countries, in both the summer and winter events, but the latter moreso. Having a winter olympics in July-august would need a big change in mindset, and huge challenges in scheduling.

Even the WC football event is better suited to a northern hemisphere venue, which puts the southern part of the globe at a disadvantage.
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