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View Poll Results: What has been the Olympic opening ceremony's most beautiful story
Barcelona 1992 20 16.67%
Sydney 2000 20 16.67%
Athens 2004 43 35.83%
Beijing 2008 37 30.83%
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Old October 17th, 2005, 04:58 PM   #181
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Sydney and Barcelona
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Old October 17th, 2005, 05:07 PM   #182
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My score:

Atlanta - 6 (a disaster waiting to happen, and it did. country roads, take us
home, to a place, where this event belongs!!)
Barcelona - 8 (because of the beautiful city locations, the excellent logo,
but kind of disappeared from memory because of sydney)
Sydney - 9 (when the country loves sports it shows, how about 2016?!
no? 2020? no? 2024.. just say when)
Athens - 7 (the olympic rituals/ceremonies are really getting boring, the
open ceremony had some high points, the pool events stole the
show, the rest was boring)
Beijing - will it be exotic and stimulating or another mass-produced chinese plastic happy-happy-we-know-good-english-see-we-superpower-you-little? show
London - If the millenium dome is anything to go by, see remark for Atlanta.
but for loving sport events, it may turn out to be A "Sydney".

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Old October 17th, 2005, 05:28 PM   #183
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My score:

Atlanta - 6 (a disaster waiting to happen, and it did. country roads, take us
home, to a place, where this event belongs!!)
Barcelona - 8 (because of the beautiful city locations, the excellent logo,
but kind of disappeared from memory because of sydney)
Sydney - 9 (when the country loves sports it shows, how about 2016?!
no? 2020? no? 2024.. just say when)
Athens - 7 (the olympic rituals/ceremonies are really getting boring, the
open ceremony had some high points, the pool events stole the
show, the rest was boring)
Beijing - will it be exotic and stimulating or another mass-produced chinese plastic happy-happy-we-know-good-english-see-we-superpower-you-little? show
London - If the millenium dome is anything to go by, see remark for Atlanta.
but for loving sport events, it may turn out to be A "Sydney".
Yes! Sydney 2000 was really great. I did feel it myself. The Oz are great, friendly & love sports. It's so well-organised & smooth. For me, I met my idol, Haile Gebrselassie(Ethiopia). So unforgetable.
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Old October 17th, 2005, 05:43 PM   #184
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My faves are Athens 2004 and Barcelona, one of the reasons is because the overall feel of those two games you can't really surpass! Sydney was good too although not my 1st choice, they do deserve credit in staging a very good Olympics!
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Old October 17th, 2005, 05:45 PM   #185
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Athens deserves a special mention as it was the first time an Olympics was held in a third world country.
rather controversial, mind you the way the building schedule and parts of the Olympic Village were, you never know
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Old October 17th, 2005, 05:48 PM   #186
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Athens deserves a special mention as it was the first time an Olympics was held in a third world country.
You have some serious issues to deal with! Please get some help!
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Old October 17th, 2005, 09:24 PM   #187
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At least, the Olympics has to be able to break-even or make little profit. Right?
Athens made a small profit from the Olympics.
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Old October 17th, 2005, 11:14 PM   #188
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Athens made a small profit from the Olympics.
yes the accountants made sure of it....
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Old October 18th, 2005, 12:04 AM   #189
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Conan has been reported for his profanity. I gave him a few days to edit it, he didn't, he got reported. Hopefully he's gone for awhile.
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Old October 18th, 2005, 01:06 AM   #190
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I really only remember a bit of the 84 Olympics in LA, 88 in Calgary and Seoul. 2000 was pretty good, so was 96 in Atlanta.
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Old October 18th, 2005, 01:16 AM   #191
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i am really looking forward to peking 2008. although i am quite jealous that the games were not awarded to toronto. . . but go china anyways!
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Old October 18th, 2005, 01:37 AM   #192
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Actually, it was a drunk Irish ex-priest. The ironic thing was, after all the bellyaching the British did about security and their insistence the Greeks spend more and more money on it, guess where the only "incident" originated from? An ex Irish priest who came to Athens through-you guessed it-London Heathrow Airport.
Hahahahahahahahaha!

Yes, yes, a gargantuan security breach which had catastrophic consequences! Every single red flag should have been flashing in MI5 headquarters when this fella stepped on board that plane. Disgraceful that he slipped the net.
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Old October 18th, 2005, 02:02 AM   #193
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The Anglo-Saxons (US included) have killed the modern Olympic Spirit and have mutated the Games in a commercial travesty. The IOC is not to be blamed less about this corruption. So, for me, it is not strange to have all these opinions about "Break-even" , "No. of spectators, revenue and debts" , "Third World Countries" etc. etc.
This is why in these forums all Aussies, Tommies, Yanks and their lackeys say "Sidney best! Sidney best!".
As some others have already pointed out, it is not about the money!
I wish there was a reaction to this farse they call "Olympic Games"!
We could start by thinking that they would no longer have to be called "Olympic" , there is nothing "Olympic" in them any more! They'd better be called "Universal Games" or something similar but definately not "Olympic".
Even their return to Athens in 2004, despite all the efforts done by the Greeks, could not revive the true Olympic spirit as it was envisioned by De Coubertin and Vikellas.
Just think how many Anglo-Saxonic Cities have hosted the Games in the last 20 years and you will start to realise why the Olympic movement is so much degraded. Guys, your societies and your cultures may be all about money, but the Games simply have nothing to do with it. That's why you 're ruining them by trying to lower their spirit down to your modest commercial standards.
Oh, please.....get that huge chip on your shoulder surgically removed.

Wanting the Olympics to break even isn't about those nasty, horrible, naughty, beastly, greedy, bullying, mean Anglo Saxons corrupting the Olympic ideal with their free market dogma.

It's about making sure that the giant that the Olympics has now grown to be doesn't become a crippling burden on the cities and countries where it is held. Pontificating about the Olympic ideal and the purity of sporting endeavour is all very well. But if every Olympic Games was to make a loss of, say, $5 billion - that would be $5 billion less that any Olympic city and country could spend on things that really matter, like hospitals and schools and welfare and grass roots sporting facilities. All of a sudden, head-in-cloud idealism at the expense of fiscal reality doesn't seem like such a good idea, does it?
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Old October 18th, 2005, 03:58 AM   #194
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yes the accountants made sure of it....
I am only stating what I read in articles.
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Old October 18th, 2005, 04:15 AM   #195
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The Games should be held permanently in Athens and that will stop all the current nationalistic corruption and jingoistic crap.
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Old October 18th, 2005, 05:48 AM   #196
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I am only stating what I read in articles.
ok thats acceptable, but you do also have a mind of you own right?
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Old October 18th, 2005, 06:00 AM   #197
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Yes, yes, a gargantuan security breach which had catastrophic consequences! Every single red flag should have been flashing in MI5 headquarters when this fella stepped on board that plane. Disgraceful that he slipped the net.
The point being, fool, is that the British insisted Athens go WAY overboard and spend Billions extra on security. They did and the only problem they had was some kook who slipped through British security. I hope you can follow that line of thinking.

With the bombings in London I expect the British will admit they have a problem and stop trying to cheap out on the security budget for the 2012 games. If they don't, Greece should boycott the games.
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The Games should be held permanently in Athens and that will stop all the current nationalistic corruption and jingoistic crap.
We already had that discussion and some fools turned it into a flame war. Bunch of spoil sports in my book.
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Old October 18th, 2005, 06:04 AM   #199
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The point being, fool, is that the British insisted Athens go WAY overboard and spend Billions extra on security. They did and the only problem they had was some kook who slipped through British security. I hope you can follow that line of thinking.

With the bombings in London I expect the British will admit they have a problem and stop trying to cheap out on the security budget for the 2012 games. If they don't, Greece should boycott the games.
Security is a very important issue now. Who want the incidents in Munich happen again? Though high probability to happen in London.
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