dleedlee wrote:Spain's 'Slant-Eye' Team Photo Stirs Ire
Empty seats, lack of buzz
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id ... _article=1
Empty seats a concern for Games
Empty Olympic seats cause concern
Officials urged to open venues
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/be ... 18,00.html
Tickets still available for Olympic Games in Shanghai
http://shanghaiist.com/2008/08/13/ticke ... lympic.php
In all my years of passive Olympic watching, including the two held in Canada in my lifetime and probably the next one here in 2010, I've rarely if ever seen a packed house at any of the competitions shown on TV. The cameras always pick up huge blocks of unsold seats, and most host countries are left with white elephants for many years afterwards (our own Montreal was saddled with astronomical debts for 30 years after staging the event in 1976). Don't know why this is such news, other than the fact that it once again caught senior officials stretching the truth. They can blame the weather all they want, but this is the true face of the Olympics, and I wouldn't be surprised if China tears down many of the venues in the near future, just to lessen the chance of being stuck with derelict buildings they'll never be able to fill.
dleedlee wrote:It's news because no one is making any money, especially the corporate sponsors!
Most of the ancillary buildings will probably not remain. That's pretty typical everywhere, just like World's Fairs. Who really needs a velodrome? The dormitories are already presold as condos, etc
Today's Post describes the overall emptiness of the Olympic site.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... 01744.html
This central heart of the Games, including the Bird's Nest, Water Cube, National Indoor Stadium, Fencing Hall and a central plaza as big as the National Mall, is so vast that it's at least five times bigger than necessary to hold the number of people who usually use it.
The Washington Post wrote:And the Green's sole purpose is to impress you.
cal42 wrote:The way I understand it, an Olympic record is the best performance in the whole of Olympic competition, whereas a World record is the best performance ever, whether in the Olympics or not. So it's possible to get a World record in an event held somewhere else, but if it's done during the Olympics it's still a World record because no one anywhere has bettered it. If someone performs better at an event than has ever been acheived in the Olympics, but it is not better than has been acheived somewhere else, it is an Olympic record.
Basically, a World record trumps an Olympic record.
Man, that seemed so much clearer when I was just saying it in my head
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