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Should the Los Angeles area host the Summer Olympics again?

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The real question is why shouldn't Los Angeles host the summer games...... I guess we are just America's favorite city for the Olympic's!!!!
 

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actually, los angeles almost did. in late 2003/early 2004 los angeles was one of two, maybe three, cities seriously being looked at as "fall back" positions incase athens failed to get ready in time. we’re one of few cities to have any and all Olympic standard venue’s already in place. from the moment of its awarding, athens had consistantly been behind schedule in building all of the necessary venues it had promised. at the turn of the year, the IOC was starting to panic. if athens hadn’t gotten its act together in time, we might have been talking about a fourth olympics :tongue3:
 

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Does anyone else think if we were selected to host the Olympics in a near future. Everything from Light Rail, Subway, highrise apts, LA Live Hotel, LAX Expansion and many other important projects around the city would be put on overdrive. Stepping over nimbys and pushing for some of these projects to be completed. So with this said shouldn't we find a way to bring the Olympic's back to the city......
 

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Yes I completely believe that the city would find a way to make all of that happen.
 

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Yes, definitely. We are built for the Olympics! A preliminary meeting was held sometime last week between the City of LA and the US Olympic Committee to discuss LA's plans for hosting the games in 20016 (they are also talking to the other cities competing---San Frnacisco, Chicago and Dallas plus 2 more I think). The 1984 LA Olympic games practically saved the modern Olympic movement from bankruptcy. All sports venues built in the LA area in the last 10 years (Staples Center, Home Depot Center, USC's new Galen Center, Angel Stadium, etc.), plus the proposed remodel of the LA Coliseum, had something to do with our desire to host the Olympics. Here's a link to the Southern California Olympic Committee's website and see the latest news, programs and objectives:
http://www.sccog.org
 

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It would be so amazing if we hosted the olympics again. let's all keep our fingers crossed....when is the earliest that cities start getting eliminated?
 

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I almost want Chicago to win. If they lose this one to us, they will never be our friends. :cry:
 

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^^^ funny!

anyways, im all for seeing the olympics back in LA, I would absolutely love it. Is 35 years enough of a spread before they come back again, especially considering there are 2 populated continents that have never hosted the games? Thats a tough one. However, I'm sure they Olympics will be back in LA in my lifetime and by that time LA will have a world class rail system and probably a population pushing 6 million. Can you imagine LA with that many people?
 

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Los Angeles Awaits Word On 2016 Summer Olympics Bid

POSTED: 8:50 am PDT July 25, 2006

LOS ANGELES -- The city of Los Angeles is among five waiting to hear Wednesday whether they are still in the running to make a bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

The Colorado Springs (Colorado) based United States Olympic Committee has scheduled a news conference in Denver to discuss the next steps in the selection and "a narrowing of the field of cities under consideration."

Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia and San Francisco have been competing to be the U-S candidate city.


U-S Olympic Committee leaders have said they expect to decide by the end of the year whether to try to bring the Olympics to this country in 2016, and, if so, to select a city by March.
 

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I believe to be tied only with London.
 

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Ferneynism said:
Does anyone else think if we were selected to host the Olympics in a near future. Everything from Light Rail, Subway, highrise apts, LA Live Hotel, LAX Expansion and many other important projects around the city would be put on overdrive. Stepping over nimbys and pushing for some of these projects to be completed. So with this said shouldn't we find a way to bring the Olympic's back to the city......
So goes the thinking.
 

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It would be nice if LA hosted the olympics again. It would definitely be a shot in the arm for the rail/subway system and numerous other projects in the region. But I just don't see the USOC choosing LA over SF and Chicago simply because of the fact that LA has already hosted the games twice. The United States has a plethora of "showcase" cities that can host the games, unlike the UK, France, and Japan.
 

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Looks like we're one step closer to hosting this thing :D

USOC drops Houston, Philly from running
By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Sports Writer
1 hour, 44 minutes ago



DENVER - The backdrop of America's bid for the 2016 Olympic Games might be the Golden Gate Bridge, the Sears Tower or the Los Angeles Coliseum — or none of these at all.

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The U.S. Olympic Committee eliminated Houston and Philadelphia as candidate cities for the 2016 Olympics on Wednesday, leaving San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago in the running for what many consider to be America's best shot in years at landing a Summer Games.

The three finalists, however, will have to make significant enhancements in their plans for the USOC even to bid on the 2016 Games, said Peter Ueberroth, the USOC chairman and the architect of the profit-making 1984 Games in Los Angeles.

"Right now, of the three cities that were selected today, there's none that would have an acceptable program that we could take to the International Olympic Committee," Ueberroth said. "It's possible that none can get to where they need to be. It's possible they all get to where they need to be. ...

"It may be that one of these cities will drop out as we tighten the regulations, if you will, or the expectations."

The three remaining cities will now have to finalize plans, including budgets, and present their bids to the USOC board of directors, which plans to decide by year's end whether to submit a bid for the 2016 Games. If it does, it will pick a city by the end of next March. The IOC will select the winning site in 2009.

Other cities that have expressed interest in hosting the 2016 Games include Rome and Milan in Italy; Madrid, Spain; Hamburg, Germany, and the Japanese cities of Tokyo and Fukuoka.

Led by Ueberroth, the USOC is taking a larger role in determining whether any U.S. city will bid for the 2016 Games. The failure of New York's bid for the 2012 Games has been blamed in part on poor coordination between the city and the USOC.

Many people believe 2016 is the best chance for the United States to land a Summer Olympics in the near future. It is believed the IOC would like to put games in Africa and South America, two continents that have never hosted the games, in 2020 and 2024.

The U.S. has not hosted the Summer Games since the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. The 2002 Winter Olympics were held in Salt Lake City.

The USOC appointed a four-person committee to evaluate information provided by the cities last month, including ideas for an Olympic stadium, an Olympic village and the amount of local and regional government support they would expect to receive.

The committee also reviewed international polling on whether the time is right for an American city to host the Olympics and which city might have the best chance to win the bid.

"All five cities that have participated in this process are capable of one day hosting the Olympic Games," Ueberroth said. "From the outset, we have said this process is about identifying the one U.S. city that has the best chance of being competitive in the international race. If we do not believe a U.S. city can be competitive, we will not bid."

Among the factors that will weigh into any bid is the amount of revenue the 2016 Olympics can be expected to produce — and how much will go to the host country. A big chunk of that revenue comes from TV rights, and the U.S. Olympic TV rights are sold only through 2012.

Houston Mayor Bill White had touted his city's leadership and financial resources, including several Fortune 500 companies. Philadelphia had pointed to its storied past in American history.

"We thank the citizens of Philadelphia and the region for standing behind this project and for thinking and dreaming big," Philadelphia Mayor John Street said. "While we are disappointed to hear of the U.S. Olympic Committee's decision, we're honored to have made it to the second round."

Of the remaining candidates, Los Angeles is citing its diversity as a strong point and the availability of 38 Olympic-quality venues since it has hosted two Summer Games. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa also has suggested the events will be easier to get to than in 1984.

"L.A. is the best place in the world to host the Olympic Games," touted Barry Sanders, chairman of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games. "We can put the Games on in a way that captures the world's imagination — in facilities we already have."

Sanders said that when the USOC asked the five cities last month to submit their proposals for hosting the Games, "all the other cities had to basically sit down and start creating architectural plans. Not us."

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said his Olympics would provide a stunning setting for the Games, with marathoners crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, cyclists pedaling through the Presidio and sailors navigating his city's scenic bay.

"We strongly believe that San Francisco's international appeal and the strength of our regional bid will be a significant advantage in our effort to host the 2016 Olympic Games," Newsom said.

Chicago, meanwhile, promised support from corporations, compact events framed by Lake Michigan's shoreline, mass transit and, like Los Angeles, ethnic diversity.

"We are honored to be a part of this process, and Chicago is committed to work with the USOC to develop a plan that can secure the necessary 60 international votes to bring the Olympic Games to the United States and to our great city," said Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. "There is consensus among Chicago's public and private sectors and our cultural, sports and educational communities that proceeding along this path is right for both the Olympic movement and Chicago."

All three finalists were embraced in the USOC's worldwide survey that included 58 IOC members, said Bob Ctvrtlik, head of the USOC's international relations department.

Ctvrtlik said he was optimistic the USOC will bid for the 2016 games — "We've inched a little further toward going forward" — although Ueberroth said he wasn't so sure just yet.

"Bob is optimistic and that's his job, to get a city there," Ueberroth said. "I'm an anchor, and I'm not going to let them waste their money and/or their efforts unless we feel we can have a real good chance of winning this thing."
 

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Yeah, we should, not only would it put a lot of projects on fast-track it'd be a nice economic boost for us. I've heard that whatever US city gets nominated has a fair chance of hosting, not only for the reasons above but also because ratings from the US for the past few Summer Olympics have been dismal so they want to revitalize that by having them here. Keep in mind that the only two Olympic games to make a profit (to my knowledge) were the two Los Angeles one's, considering the financial losses of the last two Summer Olympic games, thats also in favor of LA.
 

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Looks like we're one step closer to hosting this thing :D

"L.A. is the best place in the world to host the Olympic Games," touted Barry Sanders, chairman of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games. "We can put the Games on in a way that captures the world's imagination — in facilities we already have."
barry sanders i thought he played football.. huah huah huah :hammer:

anyhow thats great news. hopefully we get it. but ither one of the top cities would be a good choice
 
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