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New campaign seeks to limit super PAC spending

Olympic super Pac advertising targeted in new grassroots movement

What would Ben Franklin say about today’s super PAC spending?

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — The Olympic ideal doesn’t say anything about politics or advertising, but that hasn’t prevented any number of ideological zealots and profit-hungry corporations from perverting the movement for their own ends.

For decades, NBC has been at the front of the line when it comes to trying to milk just a few more dollars from the games. Over the years, the network has been slammed for turning sports competitions into soap operas, for showing delayed broadcasts and trying to pass them off as live — all in the name of selling more advertising.

This year, the network is preparing to sell out to political super PACS during the London Games, breaking an unwritten rule that has minimized the number of political advocacy ads during major world sporting events. Already, the ultra-conservative Restore Our Future super PAC has bought $7.2 million in ads to air specifically during the London Olympics. Continue reading

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Gender politics flare up before 2012 London Olympics

 

Hyperandrogenism at issue in new Olympic procedures

Nothing is simple at the Olympics anymore …

By Summit Voice

LINZ, AUSTRIA —Just a few days before the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summit Olympic Games in London, activists are calling on the International Olympic Committee to rescind a new gender-verification policy aimed at leveling the playing field for female competitors.

While some athletes support the new tests, LGBT advocates claim the tests threaten to undermine the integrity of the Games and the dignity of thousands of female athletes by subjecting them to invasive sex verification procedures.

“Biology and humans are much more diverse than we would ever guess. What makes someone a man or a woman can’t be identified in a single test or using a single measurement,” said Andre Banks, director of AllOut.org, an LGBT advocacy group that has launched an international campaign to end the tests. Continue reading

Colorado: Olympic exploratory committee to release report

Could the Olympic flag one day fly over Colorado?

Deadline for potential winter games bid drawing closer

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Settlement of a long-running dispute over Olympic television revenues has opened the door for a possible Colorado bid for the winter games, and later today, the Denver Olympic Exploratory Committee will release a report and recommendations on the region’s potential potential bid.

The announcement will be at 3 pm. at the Colorado Health Foundation.

The committee has been assessing four key aspects of bidding for and hosting an Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games including: community strengths and benefits, financial commitments, operational requirements and host city guaranties. Continue reading

Colorado aims at bid for 2022 Winter Olympics

Might the Olympic flag fly over Colorado one day?

Summit County not in the loop yet

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — A train headed for a 2022 rendezvous with the Winter Olympics is picking up some steam in Colorado, but so far, Summit County hasn’t hopped aboard.

Local sources familiar with the long-running effort to bring the games to the Mile High State say there hasn’t been much interest among local government and business leaders, even as Vail Resorts and the Vail Valley Foundation are working behind the scenes with the Metro Denver Sports Commission to shape a possible bid.

“It’s been pretty quiet lately,” said Breckenridge Realtor Daniel Webster Johnson, who has been an informal contact in Summit County for a possible state bid for the games. Johnson said he last met with local officials about a half year ago, when the prevailing attitude was that “it will never happen.” Continue reading

London, Vancouver taxpayers facing big Olympics bills

Developer woes leaves citizens holding the bill

After the 1972 Games, the Olympic village was converted to community housing. PHOTO COURTESY CITY OF MUNICH.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY— As Colorado boosters once again talk up the idea of a potential bid for the Olympics, it’s worth paying attention to what has happened in other recent Olympic venues with regard to the financing of the multi-billion dollar venues needed for the games. This issue is especially poignant in Colorado, given that voters in the state chose to reject the 1976 Olympics based partly on concerns about putting taxpayers on the hook for the bill.

As often as not, organizers of Olympic bids swear up and down that will never happen, yet two years after the 2010 winter games, Vancouver residents are still paying, and the citizens of London are also facing a £326-million bill after the city decided to bail out the developers of the Olympic village in a closed-door meeting with no public input.

In a recent paper, University of Alberta sociology professor Jay Scherer examined how the 2008 economic crisis and undisclosed local political commitments led to the Vancouver fiasco. He attributed the Vancouver and London woes primarily to the economic crash and to a lack of transparency and communication with citizens. Continue reading

Three Summit County students picked for Olympic trip

A group of Colorado students with proven leadership abilities will be visiting the summer Olympics in London, thanks to a partnership between SOS Outreach. Global Sports Development and K2.

Leadership training pays off with the trip of a lifetime

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Years of dedication to team-building and leadership have paid dividends for a group of Colorado youngsters who will be visiting London next year to watch the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

The students, including three from Summit County, have been involved with SOS Outreach leadership programs for several years  and have demonstrated excellent participation and leadership, according to trip coordinator Theresa Papandrea.

The Summit County students chosen are Jacob Patrick Brady, Mystic McFadden and Jack Cline. Continue reading

Olympics: PyeongChang to host 2018 Winter Olympic Games

Munich, Germany & Annecy, France were the other finalists in the July 6 vote

The Alpensia winter sports complex near PyeongChang will host the bulk of the 2018 Winter Olympic events. PHOTO COURTESY PYEONGCHANG 2018.

2018 Winter Games go to PyeongChang, South Korea.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — The International Olympic Committee quickly picked PyeongChang, South Korea as the host city for the 2010 Winter Olympics, reaching a decision on the first ballot at about 8:20 a.m. Mountain Time.

Visit the new host city’s official Olympic website: http://www.pyeongchang2018.org.

The quick vote was no unexpected, with PyeongChang a heavy favorite after bidding for the games twice before.

The Asian winter sports capital promises to host a compact games that could help spark more participation in winter sports throughout the region.

Other candidates were Munich, Germany, which would have become the first city to ever host both the summer and winter games.

Also in the running was Annecy, France, where some events would be held in the shadow of Mont Blanc, near Chamonix, which hosted the first-ever Winter Olympics in 1924.

Choosing PyeongChang, South Korea as the host city brings the games back to Asia for the first time since the 1998 games in Nagano, Japan.

More information on the voting is online at the  IOC website. Continue reading

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