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(Boston Winter Olympics)   Because they have a splendid record of bringing large-scale infrastructure projects in on-time and on-budget, Boston is bidding for the 2026 Winter Olympics   (bostonwinterolympics.com) divider line 118
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2012-08-03 09:34:27 AM
"No. Please, no." - Me
 
2012-08-03 10:05:19 AM
I hope not to be here in 2026
 
2012-08-03 10:23:51 AM
Only if the downhill events are held at Killington. Because no other peak within 200 miles is even close to adequate.
 
2012-08-03 10:25:08 AM
Winter Olympics? In Boston?

The nearest mountains are a couple of hours away by car, and winters up here have been getting warmer and warmer. We didn't have a snowfall that stuck last winter, and the neighborhood ice skating rinks (public and private) never froze properly.
 
2012-08-03 10:26:06 AM

Linoleum_Blownapart: Winter Olympics? In Boston?

The nearest mountains are a couple of hours away by car, and winters up here have been getting warmer and warmer. We didn't have a snowfall that stuck last winter, and the neighborhood ice skating rinks (public and private) never froze properly.


Im pretty sure they do the ice skating events inside.
 
2012-08-03 10:29:25 AM

Linoleum_Blownapart: We didn't have a snowfall that stuck last winter, and the neighborhood ice skating rinks (public and private) never froze properly.


The lack of a winter last year was a freak occurrence (even though I expect those occurrences to become more common).
 
2012-08-03 10:30:23 AM

FishyFred: Only if the downhill events are held at Killington. Because no other peak within 200 miles is even close to adequate.


K-Mart is closer to New York City than Boston, and in the same state as neither. If they're stuck with a Massachusetts mountain... Wachusett?

Gunny Highway: Linoleum_Blownapart: Winter Olympics? In Boston?

The nearest mountains are a couple of hours away by car, and winters up here have been getting warmer and warmer. We didn't have a snowfall that stuck last winter, and the neighborhood ice skating rinks (public and private) never froze properly.

Im pretty sure they do the ice skating events inside.


Sure, but the Olympics has a lot invested in image. 40 degrees and raining doesn't say "Winter Wonderland".
 
2012-08-03 10:32:10 AM

Linoleum_Blownapart: Sure, but the Olympics has a lot invested in image. 40 degrees and raining doesn't say "Winter Wonderland".


Or they could luck out and get two winters ago.
 
2012-08-03 10:32:24 AM

Linoleum_Blownapart: If they're stuck with a Massachusetts mountain... Wachusett?


If the song from the commercials is in my head all day the way I fear it will be, I'm coming for you.

I assume they'd go to NH for the skiing.
 
2012-08-03 10:34:11 AM

FishyFred: Linoleum_Blownapart: We didn't have a snowfall that stuck last winter, and the neighborhood ice skating rinks (public and private) never froze properly.

The lack of a winter last year was a freak occurrence (even though I expect those occurrences to become more common).


I moved here in 1996, and I've been heard that about every winter since then. Even the April Fool's snowstorm in 1997 (30" on April 1st) was a very brief cold snap after a mild winter.
 
2012-08-03 10:51:30 AM
Maybe if they made the Mount Washington Auto Road into a luge run...
 
2012-08-03 11:04:03 AM
Waaaahhh...wah wah cuuuseett!! (treble cleft)

Wachusett mountain,

Mountain skiiiiiing (other music note)

Minutes awaaay!!
 
2012-08-03 11:18:39 AM

what_now: Waaaahhh...wah wah cuuuseett!! (treble cleft)

Wachusett mountain,

Mountain skiiiiiing (other music note)

Minutes awaaay!!


globalsociology.com
 
2012-08-03 12:06:47 PM

what_now: Waaaahhh...wah wah cuuuseett!! (treble cleft)

Wachusett mountain,

Mountain skiiiiiing (other music note)

Minutes awaaay!!


Isn't it "Walk to Wachusett"? That never made much sense.
 
2012-08-03 12:26:36 PM
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-08-03 12:31:25 PM
Be funny if Boston won and Chick-Fil-A was a sponsor with a store in the village.
 
2012-08-03 12:43:30 PM
Opening Ceremony at Fenway Park?
 
2012-08-03 01:09:33 PM
I think the only other option is to send it to Cleveland. Cleveland would have to win something.
 
2012-08-03 01:15:04 PM

FishyFred: Only if the downhill events are held at Killington. Because no other peak within 200 miles is even close to adequate.


Fark Killington. Only FIS certified course in the east is Narrow Gauge at Sugarloaf and that's a good 4 1/2 hour hike from Boston. The US Ski Team used to train there.


wxboy: Opening Ceremony at Fenway Park?


Only if they burn the farker down and build a new one. It's too small with 35k max seating. You'd probably see it at Gillette.
 
2012-08-03 01:18:54 PM

Linoleum_Blownapart: Winter Olympics? In Boston?

The nearest mountains are a couple of hours away by car, and winters up here have been getting warmer and warmer. We didn't have a snowfall that stuck last winter, and the neighborhood ice skating rinks (public and private) never froze properly.


same as vancouver.
 
2012-08-03 01:21:57 PM

wxboy: Opening Ceremony at Fenway Park?


Sweet Caroline playing during the closing ceremony after the USA gets waxed in the medal count.
 
2012-08-03 01:24:22 PM

BarkingUnicorn: Be funny if Boston won and Chick-Fil-A was a sponsor with a store in the village.


If Chick-Fil-A tried to horn in on the Olympics then Mayor McCheese would send Grimace down there to break a few legs.

Besides, Chick-Fil-A will totally be for gay marriage by 2026.
 
2012-08-03 01:25:56 PM
And I should also note that Sochi's all time record low temperate is a balmy 7.9 F with average winter lows well above freezing.
 
2012-08-03 01:26:24 PM
Oh, and the closest Olympic sized hockey rink is at the Whittemore Center in Dover, NH. No one wants to play in that dump, that's why UNH hockey has never won anything.
 
2012-08-03 01:27:34 PM
I don't know how that would even work. And given that having the Olympics in a place as small as Lake Placid is pretty much impossible at this point, here's my list of American cities that I could see pulling off a Winter Olympics that haven't done so already:

Denver.

That's the list. Unless there are decent mountains anywhere near Minneapolis? I'm not sure.
 
2012-08-03 01:28:32 PM

12349876: And I should also note that Sochi's all time record low temperate is a balmy 7.9 F with average winter lows well above freezing.


And for some comparison here, Jacksonville, FL's all time record low is 7 F with average winter lows just a few degrees above Sochi.
 
mjg
2012-08-03 01:32:32 PM
www1.extension.umn.edu

Here is the medal design
 
2012-08-03 01:37:36 PM

Linoleum_Blownapart: Sure, but the Olympics has a lot invested in image. 40 degrees and raining doesn't say "Winter Wonderland".


Sochi is freaking subtropical and it's getting the winter olympics in '14
 
2012-08-03 01:38:52 PM

FreakinB: here's my list of American cities that I could see pulling off a Winter Olympics that haven't done so already:


Denver, Anchorage, Spokane
 
2012-08-03 01:45:06 PM

soopey: Oh, and the closest Olympic sized hockey rink is at the Whittemore Center in Dover, NH. No one wants to play in that dump, that's why UNH hockey has never won anything.


Play on an NHL surface, you know like say at TD Garden, that's what they did in Vancouver. Of course the website says some other arena because the NHL rink in Boston should be used for... Figure Skating? Seriously? I hate to say the obivous that hockey and figure skating can be done in the same arena but if anything that should be reversed.

Good luck Boston, you're going to need it!
 
2012-08-03 01:45:16 PM

clovis69: FreakinB: here's my list of American cities that I could see pulling off a Winter Olympics that haven't done so already:

Denver, Anchorage, Spokane


I forgot about Anchorage and I guess it can work. I know they have a big airport. Though do they have the hotels to handle that amount of people? Similar issue with Spokane. Infrastructure concerns.
 
2012-08-03 01:49:44 PM

FreakinB: clovis69: FreakinB: here's my list of American cities that I could see pulling off a Winter Olympics that haven't done so already:

Denver, Anchorage, Spokane

I forgot about Anchorage and I guess it can work. I know they have a big airport. Though do they have the hotels to handle that amount of people? Similar issue with Spokane. Infrastructure concerns.


Seattle could do it.
 
2012-08-03 01:52:20 PM

FreakinB: I don't know how that would even work. And given that having the Olympics in a place as small as Lake Placid is pretty much impossible at this point, here's my list of American cities that I could see pulling off a Winter Olympics that haven't done so already:

Denver.

That's the list. Unless there are decent mountains anywhere near Minneapolis? I'm not sure.


Lake Tahoe?
Seeing the Squaw Valley Olympic rings was pretty cool.
 
2012-08-03 01:56:59 PM

Representative of the unwashed masses: soopey: Oh, and the closest Olympic sized hockey rink is at the Whittemore Center in Dover, NH. No one wants to play in that dump, that's why UNH hockey has never won anything.

Play on an NHL surface, you know like say at TD Garden, that's what they did in Vancouver. Of course the website says some other arena because the NHL rink in Boston should be used for... Figure Skating? Seriously? I hate to say the obivous that hockey and figure skating can be done in the same arena but if anything that should be reversed.

Good luck Boston, you're going to need it!


Was making a joke at the expense of any UNH alumni. This website is obviously one individuals pipe dream and quite honestly it might be a big joke.

If it weren't, then the sports would logically be played/performed in the following locations.

Hockey @ TD Garden.
Figure skating at Agganis.
Curling @ Tsongas Center in Lowell.
Speed Skating would probably need a rink built.
Bobsled, luge, skeleton, build a track at Wachusett, Canon, Loon, or other close to Boston mountains.
Alpine skiing - Sugarloaf
Freestyle skiing/snowboarding - Killington/Mount Snow

X-country skiing/Biathlon - Lawrence (careful, those residents shoot back)
 
2012-08-03 01:58:10 PM
All I know is Jack Edwards needs to be calling the hockey games.
 
2012-08-03 02:01:46 PM
Things you don't need to host the Winter Olympics:

- An Olympic-sized hockey rink (they'd have enough time to remodel a facility or build one)
- Mountains (all you need is a semi-decent hill and some good Earth-movers)
- All the events in once place (Olympic soccer was played as far away as Washington, D.C. in the '96 Atlanta games)
- Exceedingly cold weather (see the last point; cross-country skiing/biathalon could be held in Maine or something if Boston's too warm)

What you do need to host the Winter Olympics:

- Enough cash "corporate support" to bribe "convince" the IOC. And Boston has that.
 
2012-08-03 02:05:24 PM

soopey: Bobsled, luge, skeleton, build a track at Wachusett, Canon, Loon, or other close to Boston mountains.


Don't forget a couple of skip jumps will need to be built. Those and sliding sports tracks are what gets tricky for hosting Winter Olympics.
 
2012-08-03 02:06:34 PM

soopey: Bobsled, luge, skeleton, build a track at Wachusett, Canon, Loon, or other close to Boston mountains.


Yagoo!
 
2012-08-03 02:07:38 PM

Pfighting Polish: - Enough cash "corporate support" to bribe "convince" the IOC. And Boston has that.


Yep....sh*t, there's a reason why so many years are given in advance. There isn't a location in the world that at this very second can host the Olympics without a hitch. Money, willpower, and time is all it takes.
 
2012-08-03 02:08:04 PM

soopey: Representative of the unwashed masses: soopey: Oh, and the closest Olympic sized hockey rink is at the Whittemore Center in Dover, NH. No one wants to play in that dump, that's why UNH hockey has never won anything.

Play on an NHL surface, you know like say at TD Garden, that's what they did in Vancouver. Of course the website says some other arena because the NHL rink in Boston should be used for... Figure Skating? Seriously? I hate to say the obivous that hockey and figure skating can be done in the same arena but if anything that should be reversed.

Good luck Boston, you're going to need it!

Was making a joke at the expense of any UNH alumni. This website is obviously one individuals pipe dream and quite honestly it might be a big joke.

If it weren't, then the sports would logically be played/performed in the following locations.

Hockey @ TD Garden.
Figure skating at Agganis.
Curling @ Tsongas Center in Lowell.
Speed Skating would probably need a rink built.
Bobsled, luge, skeleton, build a track at Wachusett, Canon, Loon, or other close to Boston mountains.
Alpine skiing - Sugarloaf
Freestyle skiing/snowboarding - Killington/Mount Snow

X-country skiing/Biathlon - Lawrence (careful, those residents shoot back)


Ah makes more sense now. I really know nothing about the Boston area so the hockey not in the hockey arena thing confused the crap out of me.
 
2012-08-03 02:08:13 PM

wxboy: Opening Ceremony at Fenway Park?


I came
 
2012-08-03 02:10:41 PM

Representative of the unwashed masses: soopey: Oh, and the closest Olympic sized hockey rink is at the Whittemore Center in Dover, NH. No one wants to play in that dump, that's why UNH hockey has never won anything.

Play on an NHL surface, you know like say at TD Garden, that's what they did in Vancouver. Of course the website says some other arena because the NHL rink in Boston should be used for... Figure Skating? Seriously? I hate to say the obivous that hockey and figure skating can be done in the same arena but if anything that should be reversed.

Good luck Boston, you're going to need it!


Everything about the Weeners was fail.

Regardless, there are 5 colleges in Boston with rinks that could be used for anything you need so you can use the Garden for hockey.

Larger problem is lack of ski area, they would need to go to Sugarloaf for the downhill event at the very least. You could have other events in NH or Vermont closer by but Sugarloaf is the only mountain with a run big enough for downhill. That's a minimum 4.5 hour drive and pray to FSM there isn't a Noreaster to completely screw up the schedule.

Honestly Denver is the best choice for a winter Olympic city in the US that hasn't had one yet. I feel like they would auto-disqualify thanks to their altitude though. Maybe Portland would work?
 
2012-08-03 02:13:45 PM
If only there were a place within a few hours of Boston that had ever held a Winter Olympics before that might have some facilities...
 
2012-08-03 02:14:15 PM

Publikwerks: wxboy: Opening Ceremony at Fenway Park?

I came


I know lots of people love Fenway, but considering they used a 50k plus seat stadium for the ceremonies in Vancouver wouldn't Gillette Stadium be a better location for the opening ceremonies? Seems like a bit of a small location to me.
 
2012-08-03 02:15:41 PM
Couldn't some indoor events be moved to Providence? It's only like 50 miles away.
 
2012-08-03 02:20:43 PM

germ78: Couldn't some indoor events be moved to Providence? It's only like 50 miles away.


That would be awesome. RI could use the (any) money.
 
2012-08-03 02:21:30 PM

Representative of the unwashed masses: Publikwerks: wxboy: Opening Ceremony at Fenway Park?

I came

I know lots of people love Fenway, but considering they used a 50k plus seat stadium for the ceremonies in Vancouver wouldn't Gillette Stadium be a better location for the opening ceremonies? Seems like a bit of a small location to me.


Truly though, an Olympic stadium is probably about the only thing that would drag the Red Sox out of Fenway in the next 30 years.
 
2012-08-03 02:29:36 PM

IAmRight: If only there were a place within a few hours of Boston that had ever held a Winter Olympics before that might have some facilities...


Lake Placid? That's a long way. That's about a 6-hour drive under good conditions.
 
2012-08-03 02:29:42 PM

Lunchlady: but Sugarloaf is the only mountain with a run big enough for downhill. That's a minimum 4.5 hour drive and pray to FSM there isn't a Noreaster to completely screw up the schedule.


More like 3 hours.


And Denver got an olympic bid, but then bailed on it. They need to go to the back of the line.
 
2012-08-03 02:33:53 PM

FreakinB: I don't know how that would even work. And given that having the Olympics in a place as small as Lake Placid is pretty much impossible at this point, here's my list of American cities that I could see pulling off a Winter Olympics that haven't done so already:

Denver.

That's the list. Unless there are decent mountains anywhere near Minneapolis? I'm not sure.


Also:

Boise

Anchorage (didn't they have a bid in for 2014?)
 
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