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Old 01-19-2011, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Australia
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I saw this on Google News a Facebook Group is trying to push the NZOC to make a bid for the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.
This Facebook Group is runned by 4 people from Australia and New Zealand. They are also linked with a bid for Brisbane Australia to host the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Christchurch-Queenstown New Zealand 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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New Zealand Winter Olympics bid 'ambitious' | Stuff.co.nz
Group aims to promote New Zealand | Stuff.co.nz
NZ Winter 2022 bid 'long way off' - Yahoo! Eurosport
Kiwi Winter Olympics bid hits Facebook - Sport - NZ Herald News

So What do you think about the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in New Zealand?
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Old 01-20-2011, 12:51 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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I saw this on Google News a Facebook Group is trying to push the NZOC to make a bid for the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.
This Facebook Group is runned by 4 people from Australia and New Zealand. They are also linked with a bid for Brisbane Australia to host the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Christchurch-Queenstown New Zealand 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Read this News Report's
New Zealand Winter Olympics bid 'ambitious' | Stuff.co.nz
Group aims to promote New Zealand | Stuff.co.nz
NZ Winter 2022 bid 'long way off' - Yahoo! Eurosport
Kiwi Winter Olympics bid hits Facebook - Sport - NZ Herald News

So What do you think about the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in New Zealand?
I think we are pretty small, the quality of ski fields is not in question, just the size and justification of spending the amount of $$$ to run such an event.
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Old 01-20-2011, 01:01 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Queenstown has about 10,000 permanent residents, although I suppose some of the past host cities were small villages (many events aren't even in town of course). I wonder how much of a tourism boost it'll be though...NZ is still a long way away from the rest of the world.
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Old 01-20-2011, 01:37 AM
 
Location: Newcastle NSW Australia
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I am not a skier, have only been to real snow twice in my life, but would love to see NZ succeed in it's bid.
It is probably the only place in the Southern Hemisphere that could.
The Andes in South America are higher, but I don't think winter sports and tourism has been explored in those countries.
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Old 01-20-2011, 01:46 AM
 
Location: Sunshine Coast, BC
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It would be great to have a Winter Olympics down this end of the planet but it costs a lot to host one of those. Billions.
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Old 01-20-2011, 02:19 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Queenstown has about 10,000 permanent residents, although I suppose some of the past host cities were small villages (many events aren't even in town of course). I wonder how much of a tourism boost it'll be though...NZ is still a long way away from the rest of the world.
This will be a real issue as well, although the Canadian, Swiss and Austrian teams frequently train here in the South Island, but to bring so many countries to New Zealand which is really out in the middle of nowhere is a big expense in itself.
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Old 01-20-2011, 02:57 AM
 
Location: motueka nz
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At the risk of sounding negative, I'm not so sure it would be a good idea. Conditions are highly variable, they could be good, but it could just as easy be a marketing nightmare.
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Old 01-20-2011, 06:26 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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While a nice town, I think Queenstown lacks the alpine village feel of Banff, Aspen, Chamonix or even Perisher. I did love skiing in NZ though, best of all no need to worry about doing a Sonny Bono because no trees! Sorry Sonny, no disrespect meant!
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Old 01-20-2011, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Australia
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but would love to see NZ succeed in it's bid.
It is probably the only place in the Southern Hemisphere that could.
The Andes in South America are higher, but I don't think winter sports and tourism has been explored in those countries.
I can only think of 2 other places to have the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in the Southern Hemisphere then New Zealand they are Santiago Chile and a Joint bid with Canberra ACT- Thredbo New South Wales Australia.

With the bid with Christchurch-Queenstown is the Smartest way of having the Winter Games in New Zealand Christchurch the largest City in the South Island and Queenstown is the best area for skiing.

This is the best way for New Zealand to get the Games. Auckland is not bigger enouth for the Summer Olympics and Paralympics Games.
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Old 01-20-2011, 01:53 PM
 
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I am not a skier, have only been to real snow twice in my life, but would love to see NZ succeed in it's bid.
It is probably the only place in the Southern Hemisphere that could.
The Andes in South America are higher, but I don't think winter sports and tourism has been explored in those countries.
They've got some skiing in Argentina and Chile, I just don't think that it has been thought of with a lot of seriousness like people do in some of the northern hemisphere countries, but it doesn't exist.

In regards to New Zealand, funding is the issue and it just costs a fortune to host a games these days. You have to weigh that with what benefits you might get out of it. In Salt Lake City, when I went up to the Park City Olympic complex, I was very surprised at the number of visitors they were getting at the museum and bobsled run 8 years later, so much so we left as the lines were too long. I think for Utah it really helped showcase it as a skiing destination.

Atlanta which held the 1996 Olympics there is little sign the games were ever there and for all the money they spent I really don't know that they got a lot out of it.
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