Update: SF Remains in running for Olympics!

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Updating Marks earlier post, the USOC website has announced that SF remains in the running for host of the 2016 Summer Olympics alongside Chicago and Los Angeles. Not advancing to the next phase of evaluation were Houston and Philadelphia.

I’m not sure how the city collectively feels about this, but in my humble opinion this is an incredibly positive sign for San Francisco and the communities in the city and surrounding. I think by all accounts the winter olympics held in Salt Lake City were an incredible boon to the local economy and SLC’s standing in the world community.

Similarly to when we had the debate over the new Ballpark, I’ve already heard grumblings about traffic and related quality of life concerns if we are indeed awarded this honor. All of which seem to me to be typical of San Franciscans, we often look a gift horse in the mouth. I really hope any opposition to this is rooted in some sensible dialog and not the standard knee jerk reaction we see on many high visibility concerns in our city.

I’m looking forward to seeing the olympics in my hometown… Are you?

3 Comments so far

  1. Lauren (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 4:15 pm

    I have to admit that I haven’t been excited about the Olympics since I was about 12 years old. I’d actually rather the Olympics not be in SF because I don’t want to hear about it for years and years and years during the build up. Am I being selfish?

    For bringing the city and world together for sporting events, the World Cup beats out the Olympics hands down.


  2. Joe (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 4:43 pm

    I’d love to have it here, but I think most people would rather it was somewhere else. People in San Francisco complain about San Franciscans from other neighborhoods coming into theirs – can you imagine how it would be if people from all over the world were here?
    We are too provincial for the olympics.


  3. Richard (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 10:40 pm

    The World Cup rocks Lauren. I’m a huge fan of sport. But I don’t think they are mutually exclusive… Who knows, if we setup for the olympics maybe we can get in the running for the Cup?

    And I think I know what you mean Joe. It’s like how we get when we are talking about which square mile of this island we live on. We are so ready to paint each other with this or that brush. But I still think we can get past that, I mean think of the influx of people Bay to Breakers pulls in every year. I mean if we can welcome that freak show… :-)



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