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GamesBids and the 2010 Winter Olympics

GamesBids is a central repository for information on bids for upcoming Olympics. Olympics junkies can geek out on page upon page of news, background, statistics, and everything else relevant to the bid process. If you have any interest in such matters, I recommend it.

The next host city to be selected will be that of the 2010 Winter Olympics, with the vote to be taken 2 July. Four cities (Andorra la Vella, Andorra; Harbin, China; Jaca, Spain; and Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina) missed the short list, and one (Berne, Switzerland) dropped out, leaving Pyeongchang, Korea, Salzburg, Austria, and Vancouver, Canada as the remaining candidates. GamesBids operates a bid ranking system called BidIndex, according to which the candidate cities' bids are rated as follows (as of today; higher numbers are better):

  • 64.45 Salzburg
  • 60.70 Vancouver
  • 50.82 Pyeongchang
Admittedly, I have been neither to Salzburg nor Pyeongchang. But I have lived in Vancouver, and it is hard to think of a more spectacular or more appropriate venue for the Winter Olympics.

Vancouver is an oceanfront city with a backdrop of snow-capped mountains that rise just minutes from downtown -- during the winter, one can be skiing at Cypress or Grouse half an hour after finishing work in the city (with Seymour taking a bit longer). An hour and a half to the north is Whistler, the largest ski resort in North America (and third-largest in the world, if memory serves), with a convenient and highly walkable village, a mile of vertical, and trails that are up to seven miles long. Vancouver is friendly, clean, and inexpensive. It also boasts an amazing array of great restaurants at bargain prices. If any place should host the Winter Olympics, it's Vancouver.

The official site for Vancouver's bid can be found here.

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