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Will be cool, esp if NHL is back in Olympics. 

 

https://globalnews.ca/news/6573424/vancouver-should-bid-for-2030-winter-olympics-former-vanoc-ceo/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

 

Vancouver should bid for 2030 Winter Olympics: former VANOC CEO | Globalnews.ca

 

WATCH: John Furlong explains why Vancouver’s Olympic legacy would clear path for 2030 bid

 

The former CEO of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games organizing committee says now is the time for Vancouver to seriously consider a bid for the 2030 Winter Olympics.

 

Furlong is set to outline his vision for a 2030 Olympic bid in a speech to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade on Thursday.

 

The Vancouver 2010 Games were widely considered to be a success, he says, and he believes a 2030 bid would have the support of the Canadian Olympic Committee, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and the general public.

 

“I think what’s really special about Vancouver is that we have a very powerful legacy from the Games,” Furlong told Global News.

 

“We don’t have a city that’s annoyed or angry or felt… betrayed by what took place in 2010 and we have these wonderful venues.

 

“We have the admiration of the world and we have a reputation with the IOC that’s pretty well stellar. So you think about all of that and it’s almost staring you in the face that this is an opportunity.”

 

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Furlong says the next step is to talk to various levels of government about what an Olympic bid might look like.

 

He says if stakeholders in the business and sports communities react positively, discussions could move forward in a tangible way.

 

Furlong cited a recent Research Co. poll that found a healthy majority of British Columbians were happy with the 2010 Games and its legacy.

 

Sixty-eight per cent of respondents said hosting the 2010 Games was worth it and 82 per cent are satisfied with Games-related infrastructure projects, such as the Canada Line SkyTrain and refurbished Sea-to-Sky Highway.

 

The survey also found 62 per cent support for a bid to host the Summer Games.

 

“The public are telling us they had a great time,” Furlong said. “They liked what happened. They believe that the infrastructure was well-done and successful.”

 

Sapporo, Japan is the first city to enter an official bid for the 2030 Winter Games. Salt Lake City and Barcelona have also been mentioned as possible bidders.

 

All three cities, like Vancouver, have hosted Olympic Games in the past.

 

Beijing will host the 2022 Winter Olympics and the 2026 Winter Games were awarded to Milan-Cortina in Italy.

 

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Furlong says some might think it’s too soon for Vancouver to bid on another Olympic Games, but recent changes at the IOC make a 2030 bid more viable.

 

The IOC’s reformed bidding procedure now includes an invitation phase where national Olympic committees can discuss the viability of a bid.

 

“It’s not… ‘Here’s the rule book. Tick all the boxes.’ It’s a conversation. It’s a discussion,” he said.

 

“It’s about ideas and about changing the way you do things. And I think what the IOC has said to us [is], ‘We’re all ears and we’re willing and we want this to be a great success for every city and every country that stages it.’ That’s a great place for us.”

 

The revamped bidding process also includes promoting the use of existing facilities, something that could work in Vancouver’s favour.

 

“It’s a rare thing to be able to show up with an Olympic bid in your back pocket and say, ‘We don’t have to build any venues.’ We did those and they’re still there and they’re better than they were.”

 

The IOC recently abandoned its practice of awarding Olympic Games every two years, and seven years in advance of the Games themselves.

 

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There is now no timeline for naming an Olympic host city, but Furlong believes time is of the essence.

 

“Being in this race, I think we’ll probably legitimately scare off a few cities,” Furlong said.

 

“It’s not like Vancouver doesn’t have a pretty good track record. Getting in early, having something to say and having a real vision could really help shore up and tighten that field and give us a sense of how strong a bid from here might be.”

 

— With files from Chris Gailus and The Associated Press

 

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All the Venues are already built, road to Whistler is already done, would probably get a big chunk of Federal money for transportation and housing!

I think it's a great idea

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New skytrain has been built to PoCo since, and maybe the extension to UBC might be done by then.  Would make moving around easier and gives more flexibility to spreading out the accommodations and venues.  

Maybe this will be the catalyst for more funding to expand skytrain into Surrey and beyond.  

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4 minutes ago, Mackcanuck said:

All the Venues are already built, road to Whistler is already done, would probably get a big chunk of Federal money for transportation and housing!

I think it's a great idea

^ much this.

 

2030 makes more sense than 2010 did. We've got most of the infrastructure in place already. The naysayers will come forward again but 2010 was a blast and it would be great to do it al over again. 

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sure

we need a new bridge and road infrastructure

particularly to replace lions gate bridge or to create a new 3rd crossing

that can be part of a renewed games bid

 

also another skytrain line somewhere?  maybe out to langley?

 

upgrade our ferry fleet to the island ?

 

airport upgrades ?

 

high speed train to seattle?

 

by 2030 we will see serious signs of infrastructure decay in many parts of the usa

and central canada - particularly the province of quebec

so let's use a new games to force improvement of keys corridors

 

and if we can keep bc place intact for one more big show

we might actually get some value from the huge investment made into it

i doubt it will function very long past 2030 (maybe another 10 to 15 years longer)

 

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Honestly they should just pick a handful of cities worldwide and just rotate the Olympics among them.

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Is it likely they return to a city 20 years after they hosted it, is there any other cities that has hosted the games multiple times other than Athens?

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1 hour ago, Bure_Pavel said:

Is it likely they return to a city 20 years after they hosted it, is there any other cities that has hosted the games multiple times other than Athens?

Beijing. 2008 Summer and now 2022 Winter. In their case, creating entirely different venues and even closer time frame together.

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8 minutes ago, Canadian said:

Beijing. 2008 Summer and now 2022 Winter. In their case, creating entirely different venues and even closer time frame together.

We will see if it even comes together, the corona virus could throw a wrench in there plans.

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This is a no brainer. The city must do this.

 

I remember how close the voting was to block the 2010 bid initially, all those short sighted fools didn't realize that Vancouver would become the first winter olympic city to turn profit from the event and pay off all the costs in 5 years...

 

It's ok all those people that voted against it, with their shortsightedness have enjoyed all the upgrades the province received as a result of the colossal success that was the 2010 Vancouver olympic games...

 

Everything in Vancouver is just better.

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3 hours ago, Mackcanuck said:

All the Venues are already built, road to Whistler is already done, would probably get a big chunk of Federal money for transportation and housing!

I think it's a great idea

I thought the oval was converted for other uses?  

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1 hour ago, goalie13 said:

I thought the oval was converted for other uses?  

It's a multi use centre now. But putting in the ice and barriers will be easy. The whole building and stands are just fine. 

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3 hours ago, Bure_Pavel said:

We will see if it even comes together, the corona virus could throw a wrench in there plans.

That's a bigger problem for Tokyo this summer, although summer weather helps.  SARS pretty much ended during the summer. The virus will most likely be contained by 2022. If not, it would be world wide anyway and become a seasonal cold. Vaccines are likely available in 2021. 

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5 hours ago, Bure_Pavel said:

Is it likely they return to a city 20 years after they hosted it, is there any other cities that has hosted the games multiple times other than Athens?

Lake Placid hosted the winter games in 1932 and 1980, L.A. hosted the summer games in 1932 and 1984 and will again in 2028, this will be the fourth time that the state of California hosted the Olympics when you include the 1960 winter games at Squaw Valley, Tokyo hosted the summer games in 1964 and will again in 2020 so it could happen.

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33 minutes ago, Jaimito said:

That's a bigger problem for Tokyo this summer, although summer weather helps.  SARS pretty much ended during the summer. The virus will most likely be contained by 2022. If not, it would be world wide anyway and become a seasonal cold. Vaccines are likely available in 2021. 

There is alot of work to be done years leading up to the Olympics, they will probably be fine as they have good infrustructure and have the man power to build hospitals/infrastructure in a week.  

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5 hours ago, Mackcanuck said:

All the Venues are already built, road to Whistler is already done, would probably get a big chunk of Federal money for transportation and housing!

I think it's a great idea

New olympic village can be repurposed as affordable housing - oh wait ;)

 

 

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5 hours ago, Lancaster said:

New skytrain has been built to PoCo since, and maybe the extension to UBC might be done by then.  Would make moving around easier and gives more flexibility to spreading out the accommodations and venues.  

Maybe this will be the catalyst for more funding to expand skytrain into Surrey and beyond.  

New Olympic Village with partial low cost housing rentals (or Single Room Occupancies).

New Hospital next to New Olympic Village.

New Skytrain from Surrey to Richmond and Surrey to Coquitlam.

Some facility in Surrey to justify new Skytrain route.

 

I see nothing but good things and much needed infrastructure (with Feds footing some of the bill ::D)

 

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