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The United States Olympic Committee has made changes to satisfy the International Olympic Committee, bolstering a chance to host the 2024 Summer Games.
Tucked into this story is chatter about the next US cities that are trying to host the games. Guys! It’s only 11 years away!!!
Can’t believe I missed this article from last Friday! I liked the many ways the people interviewed avoided saying, “It’s all a popularity contest”:
“It takes time to know who the players are, and have a coffee or a drink and chew the fat and build a personal relationship,” said Richard Pound, a former vice president for the I.O.C.
“It’s a relationship business, and it takes a long time,” Blackmun said. “I don’t think we as the United States had made relationships a priority in this movement.”
“I didn’t understand why we had to be at war all the time,” Blackmun said. “To me, you can disagree without disrespecting. And what seemed to me has been happening was communications was based on disrespect rather than respect.”
And if you need a refresher on the US cities bidding for 2024:
Cities that have asked to be considered include Los Angeles; Dallas; Seattle; San Diego; Charlotte, N.C.; and Tulsa, Okla.
Chicago has said it will not pursue a bid, and New York’s prospects probably depend on the outcome of November’s mayoral election.
The goal for U.S.O.C. officials this year is to eliminate the cities that do not have the infrastructure or budget to handle hosting an Olympics. They hope to narrow the list to two or three cities next year. Olympic cities are selected by the I.O.C. seven years before they host the Games.
Happy Monday with a sunrise view. Share if you’re excited to see the Sochi 2014 torch!
As recorded by Harry Gordon in his book “Australia and The Olympic Games”, the following story was reported by a Dutch newspaper and had many and varied retellings. However Pearce himself gave only one recorded version of the incident that occurred in his scull against Savrin, in an interview given to sports historian Henry Roxborough in 1976, just after Pearce’s death;
“I had beaten a German and a Dane in earlier heats and I was racing a Frenchman when I heard wild roars from the crowd along the bank of the canal. I could see some spectators vigorously pointing to something behind me, in my path. I peeked over one shoulder and saw something I didn’t like, for a family of ducks in single file was swimming slowly from shore to shore. It’s funny now, but it wasn’t at the time for I had to lean on my oars and wait for a clear course, and all the while my opponenet was pulling away to a five length lead.”
With an effort that would have been considered impossible from any of his competitors, and even today is hard to believe Pearce chased Savrin after stopping for the duck and its ducklings, caught up with the Frenchmen and then by the time the race was over Pearce had finished almost 30 seconds in front of his challenger. In fact Bobby Pearce’s time even with the stop included was the fastest of the remaining eight scullers in that round. Not even swimming ducks could halt Bobby Pearce.
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YES I have been waiting for this gif to resurface ever since I saw it in an ONTD post. Whatever evil genius captioned this, I salute you.
(I heard a rumor that while celebrating qualifying for the All-Around, Aliya tells Vika that Jordyn Wieber didn’t make it in. I can’t say her reaction was very sportsmanlike, but it is very 16-year-old-girl raised to be competitive to the bone. Not gonna hate on her.)
I love this gif so, so much. PS while I’m home sick with mono I’m going to have a lot of free time to post stuff to my Olympics blog—that will definitely be more active than this. Unless someone can find me a gif of Schmidt saying, “Do you think mono is a joke, Jessia?!” from this week’s New Girl.
I never get tired of seeing this! The real life tortoise and the hare (Olympic version)
While this is definitely entertaining to watch, I don’t think an Olympic champion should have the race strategy of “Hang back and hope everyone else crashes.” On the other hand, he was the only one who stayed upright, and sometimes that’s what it takes.
“Participation certificate!!! Havent gotten one of these since 8th grade soccer!”
“In all seriousness though it was an honor to compete in #london2012”
Wasn’t there a certificate creation program in early 90’s Microsoft Office? Maybe there still is? Well, that’s what these certificates look like. All those fonts are a nightmare! And is that paper even embossed? It took them 6 months to mail out these second grade computer class assignments? Aww, who am I kidding, I find the amateurishness of it all charming, and Nathan’s genuine appreciation for his experience warms my heart.