I am very surprised that Sochi, Russia didn't get the 2013 Europeans or World Jrs because of the Olympics being held the next year. I do note that Sochi, Russia gets the 2013 World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships, which may serve as the test event for speed/figure skating. (?)
Italy is an outstanding choice for World Jrs since they've never hosted that before. I do hope the U.S. hosts World Jrs again soon. I hope that the 2011 Sr/Jr GPF goes to Canada, 2012 Sr/Jr GPF to the USA, and 2013 Sr/Jr GPF to France.
Last edited by icedance21; 06-22-2010 at 01:06 AM.
Dortmund was a little tricky too - I flew Brisbane- Singapore- Frankfurt- Munich-Dortmund. Of course, my luggage took longer than I did. On the way out I got the train to Dusseldorf then flew to Malta.
OMG London! What are the chances March break will be that week......
After seeing Australia diddled out of Worlds in 2000, we'll never get a major skating event so long as Speedy is in power.
If you're going to change venues you have to do it like yesterday. You can't just move an Olympic games. It's like taking a quick jog to the left on the Titanic. Can't happen.
The amount of prep required to pull off an Olympics makes it nearly impossible to coordinate inside of about five years for a winter one. The IOC pumps in a SWAT team to make things happen come hell or high water if they absolutely have to.
If any OG should have been moved it would have been Athens...a total Gong Show, but they had to hammer it through.
I haven't spent any time in Winnipeg, but did go to Cdns last January. London has dozens of restaurants within walking distance of the arena, and some good shopping (I found a great used bookstore just around the corner!). For those who like to party, remember that it's a university town - there are too many bars and clubs to count, of all varieties.Also, for the people that were saying that Winnipeg is boring and there is nothing to do there....I wonder what they will think of London?
I just made the point about London being less than exciting because people were ragging on Winnipeg for being "boring" - when it fact it is a huge hub for the performing arts, is rich in culture (Cultural Capital of Canada in 2010), and has many entertainment venues (there is also two universities in Winnipeg - so no lack of night life).
I am just immensely disappointed
Last edited by i love to skate; 06-22-2010 at 04:51 AM.
most likely sochi will get cup of russia in 2013.
But, i am very confident Sochi 2014 will finish the venues in time. London 2012 had financial worries that forced the abandonment of a lot of venues, Sochi 2014's last of problems is financial. Plus, they are trying to bid for Football 2018 world cup... and budget for that event is just enormous. I don't think they will want to send a bad impression to FIFA(FIFA Pres. Sepp Blatter has been very favourable to Russian bid).
Well, at least Portugal must have been part of the ISU, as there was a female skater from Portugal at St Gervais JPG in 2000 (the first participation of a portuguese skater I think). It's been kicked out later ?
I remember she had a lonnnnng preparation into her 2A
Giovanna ALMEIDA LETO was her name.
As people have been discussing in the other thread on this topic, the JLC is in downtown London, in the middle of restaurants, bars, shopping and within walking distance of several hotels.In Winnipeg, you can walk to everywhere from the arena (hotel, bars, shopping, entertainment) and there are more than enough hotel rooms. This does not sound like how the situation is in London. I am sure London will put on a great Worlds, but I would hope they are done for hosting major events for awhile!
The city did a great job of welcoming Cdns this year - billboards and banners, signs in the local businesses, many waiters etc aware of the event and asking us how it was going, etc.
I'm quite sure they can handle this, and will do it well.
BTW, Worlds in London - it was really a nightmare for Czech synchro team to get their to Synchro Worlds (flights from Toronto to London was nearly on similar to price to the one from Prague to Toronto) so I am expecting big headaches for each of the travellers.
Wonder if anyone will mistakenly book flights to (real) London instead.
*Probably just as well seeing as I'm likely to barred from entering Canada for making fun of standing ovations and slam poetry.
To think that fun is simple fun, while earnest things are earnest, proves all too plain that neither one thou truthfully discernest.
Besides, there is no way the venue will not be ready.
"We need some plumage!" ~ Johnny Weir on Olympic ice dance SD