What’s Happening with the 2024 Olympics?

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Paris and Los Angeles are the only remaining cities bidding to host the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics. Over the race to host, four potential cities have dropped out (Budapest, Rome, Hamburg, and Boston), and finally, we are getting closer to September 13, 2017, when the 2024 Olympic city will be decided.

Recently, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) threw another curveball for the two candidate cities. IOC President Thomas Bach and the IOC Executive Board proposed that it would select the cities for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics at the same time. With this proposal, the 2024 and 2028 Olympics would both be decided on September 13, and they would be either Paris or LA. The Executive Board did not say which city would win each year yet. This proposal must be approved by a vote of IOC members when they meet on July 11 and 12.

Once it decides, the competition between Paris and LA could pick up a lot with both cities still vying for 2024 but knowing that whichever loses will still host the Olympics.

Why is the IOC considering this?

IOC President Thomas Bach said, “The situation of these candidature for 2024, having two such great cities and such great countries, having two candidatures which are really enthusiastic and really promoting the Olympic Games and Olympic Spirit in a great way – this represents a golden opportunity for the Olympic Games and the IOC.”

The IOC might also be concerned with the effects of the huge cost overruns of previous Games scaring future host cities from hosting or bidding. This race, for example, had four cities withdraw due to lack of popular and governmental support. According to a University of Oxford study, the average cost overrun for Summer Games is USD $5.2 billion, and the average cost overrun for Winter Games is USD $3.1 billion (Here’s the link to the study: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1607.04484.pdf). For a city that already proposed a budget in the billions, this can be a very unsettling number.

Here’s a slideshow featuring protests of 2024 bid cities that have withdrawn from the competition.

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With its proposal, the IOC is recognizing that Paris and Los Angeles are both excellent candidate cities with great bids, and it’s hoping that by awarding both of them the Olympics, it will alleviate some of the fear of potential bid cities.

 

Here’s the video of the IOC press conference where this was proposed: https://www.olympic.org/news/awarding-the-olympic-games-2024-and-2028-is-a-golden-opportunity?utm_source=Subscribers&utm_campaign=614f69240c-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_06_09&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_93eeeb979f-614f69240c-51649405

Two Years on the Blog Today!

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Happy second birthday to my blog!

When I started this blog, I was so nervous to have people read my writing that I almost didn’t do it. Even though I still get nervous about it sometimes, I’m glad I started it and created an opportunity for myself to learn more about blogging, writing, and the Olympic Movement. I hope that reading this blog for the past two years has been fun, informative, and inspiring, and I hope you enjoyed it!

Here’s to many more years for the Olympics of Blogs!

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Trading Tuesday: Graduation

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My family and I outside of Madison Square Garden

Two weeks ago, I graduated from Pace University. It was a really fun day, and I was excited that my family could come to New York City to watch it. Thank you, Mom, Dad, Liz, Adri, and Derek for coming! It meant a lot to me. ❤

unnamedThese are the three pins I wore during graduation. They are some of my favorite pins out of my entire collection because they are symbols for the amazing experiences I’ve had at major sporting events. Every time I look at them, I remember all the people I met and all the things I was able to do, and I feel proud to have volunteered at the LA 2015 Special Olympics World Games, the Rio 2016 Olympics, and the Austria 2017 Special Olympics World Games during my college experience. Without volunteering at these Games (and getting these pins), I would not be where I am today. Those experiences were so valuable to me and helped teach me more about the world, myself, the Olympic Movement, and humanity. My experience at Pace and in New York City taught me how to push myself and make my dreams happen.

 

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You can see the pins proudly displayed on my Stole of Gratitude!

I wore these pins on a blue stole called a Stole of Gratitude. At the time, it seemed to be the only place where they could go and actually be seen, but now, it’s perfect that they were on that stole. I am so thankful for those experiences, and I have immense gratitude for all the opportunities I’ve had so far in my life and that I will have. I gave my Stole of Gratitude to my thesis and academic advisor, Bill. He really deserves it for helping me so much before, during, and after my time at Pace.

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Bill and I after the ceremony

Thank you, Pace, my family, the Honors College, and my friends for a wonderful college experience! Amazing Awaits!

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My cap

A Look Ahead to the Special Olympics PA Summer Games

It’s amazing to believe that it’s already been a year since I interned at the Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games! Here’s my blog post about it to get you in the Summer Games mood! https://theolympicsofblogs.com/2016/06/27/special-olympics-southern-californias-summer-games/

I leave today for the Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s Summer Games! This is my first time going to a State Games as an Assistant Coach, and I’m excited. I’ll be helping coach swimming with many of the same athletes I’ve been coaching since January. I can’t wait to see how well they do!

The competition starts today and goes until Saturday, June 3. Over 2,000 athletes from across Pennsylvania are coming to Penn State to compete in Aquatics, Athletics (Track and Field), Basketball, Bowling, Equestrian (Horseback Riding), Golf, Gymnastics, Softball, and Tennis.

Check back here after this weekend to see how it goes!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Today is Mother’s Day in the United States, and whether you’re an athlete, a non-athlete, or a fur baby, it’s important to thank your mom today for everything she’s done for you.

Proctor & Gamble (P&G) always have amazing commercials thanking the moms of the Olympics, Paralympics, and Special Olympics. At the end of each commercial, it even declares itself to be the proud sponsor of Moms (in addition to being a sponsor of the Olympics, Paralympics, and Special Olympics). Here are three commercials that I love.

Thank you to the all of the moms out there! ❤ Happy Mother’s Day!

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Happy Mother’s Day to my mom too! Love you, Mom!

Monday Motivation

Part of the reason why I am so passionate about the Olympic Movement is the athletes’ inspiring stories. Olympians, Paralympians, and Special Olympians have accomplished so much in their lives, and their stories are the perfect cure for Mondays.

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Here are some inspiring and/or amusing videos to help you get through your Monday! 🙂

Trading Tuesday: London 2012 Games Maker Pin

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A really kind British volunteer I worked with at the Main Press Centre in Rio gave me this pin. She had volunteered in London, and her experience in London had pushed her to volunteer in Rio too. Over the course of volunteering at the London Games, volunteers were given this pin in gold, silver, and bronze. She brought these pins to the Rio Games to give them to people she became friends with, and she gave me one! 😀

I loved watching the London 2012 Olympics. They were a phenomenal Games, and after watching those Olympics, I promised myself that I would go to the next Games, which I did. I love having this small part of the London Games and of Olympic history!

Her giving me this pin showcases the kindness and humanity I’ve experienced at the Olympics and the Special Olympics World Games. She received these Games Maker pins as gifts to thank her for volunteering, and then she gave them away as gifts even though volunteering at the London 2012 Olympics meant a lot to her. She wanted to share the kindness she had received as a part of those Olympics with new friends from the Rio 2016 Olympics.

To explain the pin a little more, volunteers for those Games were called Games Makers, which I think is a very accurate description because without volunteers, there would not be a Olympics or Paralympics. McDonald’s is on the pin because it is a sponsor of the Olympics.

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When I volunteered at the Rio Games, I received a pin of the Games mascot, Vinicius, in the Olympic volunteer uniform as a gift for volunteering. If I go to the Tokyo Games in 2020 (I’m planning on it), I want to carry on the tradition started by that British volunteer and give it to someone I become good friends with during the Games!

I’m really missing the Olympics and all the amazing friends I made today. ❤