Originally Posted by wong21fr
While you may have exposed the corruption in the IOC, it went over positively in the circles who view corruption as a thing to constantly root out. The IOC is not in that circle (along with such stellar bodies as FIFA's congress). You guys made the IOC look bad, and I don't know if it's been long enough to not be a detraction. Give it another ten to fifteen years.
I do think that the 2002 Olympics were a wonderful event, but a lot of that was also due to the global goodwill that everyone was feeling towards the US after 9/11. The world was able to have a big, collective circle-jerk before we pissed it all away in the proceeding six years.
Another 10 to 15 years...2022 or 2026 - perfect!
So basically the only reason the SLC games were a success was because of globally pity, huh? Yeah, I`m sure that`s why so many people came
The SLC games were successful not only because of all the people who showed up to the games, but also the economic successes. For example, all the investment was very well utilized not only during the games, but well after. The light-rail investment that put in two lines totaling about 20 miles of track was expanded to three lines covering more than double the millage of the original system to all corners of the valley, two lines of commuter rail spanning 80 miles, and an ever evolving system of BRT and street car lines up and down the Wasatch Front urban corridor. All the venues are still used to this day. Unlike South Africa, which is already having vacancy problems with some of its facilities.
I`m sure that when considering a city for hosting the Olympics, the IOC considers weather it is a worth-while investment. Seeing how good of an investment SLC was, we can only imagine how much more it would be with another chance two decades later. The IOC also likes a city with good infrastructure, facilities, amenities, and winter sports areas in close proximity to the city. SLC is just a half hour drive from a half dozen winter resorts, several being accessible by bus.