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Old April 20th, 2009, 05:17 PM   #1161
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LATEST LONDON FLY THROUGH


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Old April 20th, 2009, 06:22 PM   #1162
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London will put on the best show it can achieve and afford. It didn't bid for the Games to show off but to provide the impetus for billions to be injected into regenerating a massive rundown part of its city. The whole world knows London will never surpass Beijing in terms of grandiose architecture and special effects, but it will host an Olympics to the best of its abilities in a time of global financial ruin.

Perhaps injecting a bit of humility back into the Olympic movement might be what secures its future, not the constant one-upmanship it had become in recent Games.
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Old April 20th, 2009, 08:48 PM   #1163
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The stadium looks great in the video. The more I see of it, the more I like its simplicity. It kinda looks slightly gladiatorial with the circular shape. I think if they have flags the whole way around the top, it'll look pretty swish...
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Old April 20th, 2009, 09:19 PM   #1164
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Old April 21st, 2009, 03:20 PM   #1165
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Taken from the london2012 website, April 15th

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Old April 21st, 2009, 04:10 PM   #1166
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Most venues hurt my eyes! They are really giving us the keys to a ford fiesta instead of that ferrari they were selling in the Olympic bid. Every country sould just present unhumanly impossible projects out of this world so they can get chossen to host the Olympics. Once you are picked just put a tent up dig a hole put some pond water and you ready to go. If they ask any questions, just say well london started it.

Imagine the UK tries to ever bid again, well this is our presentation... it has noting to do with the real project exept the location, please vote for it, thank you.

I still can't believe people defend this crap. The city got chossen because of what they presented, if they can't keep the plans maybe some other city should have host it. And for those who migth think, well they are doing the best they can... Well I sometimes do my best also but dosent change the result, which is just a crappy job.
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Old April 21st, 2009, 04:34 PM   #1167
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The city got chossen because of what they presented, if they can't keep the plans maybe some other city should have host it.
By that reckoning Beijing and Sydney should never have hosted, seeing as what they presented differed from the final product.

London hasn't changed the main factors of what it bid with; a huge park in East London regenerating a contaminated wasteland leaving after the Games facilities that can be maintained and used to high standard by the local and future communities. You discredit the intelligence of the IOC if you think they simply vote on whoever presents the flashiest stadium graphics.
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Old April 21st, 2009, 04:40 PM   #1168
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Imagine the UK tries to ever bid again, well this is our presentation... it has noting to do with the real project exept the location, please vote for it, thank you.

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Old April 21st, 2009, 04:53 PM   #1169
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Check out this lovely venue:
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Old April 21st, 2009, 07:25 PM   #1170
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I have to admit, that doesn't look good.






no wait....it's super ugly!!
But the swimmingpool on the other hand does look very nice!
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Old April 21st, 2009, 09:20 PM   #1171
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IOC impressed by progress at Olympic Stadium

LONDON -- A year ago, IOC inspectors saw some dirt when they visited the planned site of London's 2012 Olympic stadium. On Tuesday, they walked into an imposing arena of steel and concrete that is rapidly taking shape as the showpiece venue of the games.

The International Olympic Committee's coordination commission got a firsthand look at the progress made on the 80,000-capacity stadium despite the global economic downturn.

"I must say, having been here in May last year, I'm very much impressed how much work has been done," said Denis Oswald, the IOC executive board member who heads the commission.

Oswald also praised the "concept" of the $1.4 billion stadium, which will host track and field and the opening and closing ceremonies. It will be converted to a 25,000-seat venue afterward.

"For me, it's very relaxing how much work has been done and how far we are," he said. "We will have a stadium. We are sure. That was not necessarily the case at some previous games."

Oswald was head of the IOC coordination commission for the 2004 Athens Olympics, whose buildup was dogged by delays and concerns that the venues wouldn't be ready on time.

The commission members, wearing yellow bibs and white hard hats, viewed the stadium from the stands and from the infield near the planned finish line of the 100-meter final.

"The last time they were on this site, we were literally breaking the soil here last May," London 2012 organizing committee chairman Sebastian Coe said. "Now it's coming out of the ground in a very demonstrable way."

Work on the 174-foot high stadium is about one-third complete, project manager Ian Crockford said. Completion is targeted for June 2011, in time for test events.

On the first day of their three-day visit, the IOC inspectors also toured the rest of the 500-acre Olympic Park in the Stratford area of east London. Construction is also under way on the four other main projects -- the athletes' village, the aquatics center, the velodrome and the media center.

"On all those construction projects, we are exactly where we want to be, probably marginally ahead," Coe said.

Coe has reassured the IOC that preparations remain on track despite the recession and that organizers will come within the $13.8 billion budget for venues, infrastructure and regeneration.

"These are the most challenging times since the mid '70s to be delivering an Olympic Games, but our teams have risen to that challenge," Coe said. "What we want to be able to demonstrate this week is the budgets are robust and the progress demonstrable."

Because of a shortfall in private funds from the economic downturn, the British government has dipped into the Olympic contingency fund to cover some costs. London has raised about $740 million of its domestic sponsorship target of $1 billion.

The IOC and London organizers are reviewing all aspects of the games, including the venues for three Olympic sports. Final decisions have yet to be made on the sites for boxing, badminton and rhythmic gymnastics.

London organizers hope to save up to $29 million by scrapping plans for a temporary venue in north Greenwich and moving badminton and rhythmic gymnastics to an existing site. Boxing could move from the ExCel center in east London to Wembley Arena in the west of the capital.

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Old April 21st, 2009, 10:22 PM   #1172
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Check out this lovely venue:
It's not a venue, it's coach park for journalists. Spectators will be nowhere near this part of the Park.
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Old April 22nd, 2009, 01:13 AM   #1173
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Oswald was head of the IOC coordination commission for the 2004 Athens Olympics, whose buildup was dogged by delays and concerns that the venues wouldn't be ready on time.
Well, the task to build world's biggest glass roof in one of world's most seismogenic spots is much more risky and than building a boring temporary stadium in a flat valley...
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Old April 22nd, 2009, 01:28 AM   #1174
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Those Allies and Morrison buildings are horrible! (IBC-MPC cum carparks)
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Old April 22nd, 2009, 03:31 AM   #1175
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Well, the task to build world's biggest glass roof in one of world's most seismogenic spots is much more risky and than building a boring temporary stadium in a flat valley...
oh pur-lease They did have seven years.

And don't be fooled into thinking this is a simple site, all the topsoil had to be decontaminated (not an easy task) because of previous industrial use, and it's criss-crossed by rivers leaving it prone to flooding, so this had to be sorted out too. Not to mention building tunnels to allow for the electricity pylons to be removed before any major work could get under way.
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Old April 22nd, 2009, 12:01 PM   #1176
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Old April 24th, 2009, 10:49 AM   #1177
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The IOC said that London's preparation is

outstanding and extraordinary

and the best compared to the previous games at this stage!
Well done London2012
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Old April 24th, 2009, 12:02 PM   #1178
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"At this stage" means nothing. It's the state it's in by the end of the games. I.e. Sydney and Beijing may not have been as well prepared "at this stage" but they were both done and dusted by opening which is what counts.

Don't take this post as being a dig at London at all. The preparation is going great and I think the games will be great, just saying don't put too much credence in those kind of quotes.
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Old April 25th, 2009, 07:04 AM   #1179
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I think it would have been stupid to have tried to out do Beijing when it came to venues. The expenses would have been too much for British people to have accepted even without the economic problems around the world. Bringing the Olympics into an opertunity to creat a park and redevelop a run down area of the city is a much more noble thing to do than create expensive facilities that no one will use once the games are over (as is the case in other olympic cities). I think where London will do better than Beijing is by taking what Sydney did, and make it even bigger. Making the focus of the games the city and not just the olympic village. Britain doesnt need to proove that we have money, or that we are one of the major economies in the world, that london is one of the big 3 cities, or that we can create amazing architecture and architects (you just have to look around our cities and international cities to see that), it just has to show an example of how aspects of hosting the olympics can be performed in the best way for athletes, spectators and the general population (who is funding it!).
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Very true!
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