Norwegians Say "Nei" to 2022 Winter Olympics, Drop Out of Running

Oslo became the fourth city to drop its bid for the 2022 Olympic games after Norway's government, echoing the voices of a majority of citizens, chose not to provide financial backing.

Another day, another city drops its bid for the 2022 Olympic Games.


Early Wednesday, the Norwegian government decided against offering financial backing for a dawdling Olympic campaign opposed by a majority its citizens. Supporters of Oslo 2022, their meager hopes up in flames, subsequently dropped their bid.

Oslo becomes the fourth city to exit the race, leaving Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan as the final two contenders. Krakow, Stockholm and Lviv, Ukraine had also previously dropped bids. In Krakow's case, the bid was shot down via voter referendum in May. Earlier referendums dashed any hope of Switzerland or Germany playing host in 2022.

According to Barry Petchesky over at Deadspin, each municipality to drop out "blamed the rising cost and invisible benefits of hosting the Olympics." The word "invisible" implies that unseen benefits exist; Petchesky's point would probably have been better served with the word "non-existent." Just ask the citizens of Athens, Sarajevo, and Sochi.

Petchesky points out that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had also submitted a pretty ludicrous set of demands for the Oslo bid, "which included a cocktail reception with Norway's king, with the tab on either the royal family or the Norwegian Olympic Committee." Take a look at the Deadspin link below for the whole outrageous list.

The 2018 games will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, followed by the 2020 Summer games in Tokyo. If Beijing or Almaty are indeed awarded the 2022 games, it would be the first time since 1992* that all three Olympic games during a six-year span will be held in the same continent. IOC voters will choose the 2022 host city in July, 2015.

Looking toward 2026, it's difficult to imagine any city putting up with the IOC's ridiculous demands in order to throw a lavish event that won't leave any positive lasting effects.

*This was the final year both the summer and winter Olympics were held in the same year.

Read more at ABC News and Deadspin

Photo credit: Herbert Kratky / Shutterstock

Car culture and suburbs grow right-wing populism, claims study

New research links urban planning and political polarization.

Pixabay
Politics & Current Affairs
  • Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
  • Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
  • People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
Keep reading Show less

How to split the USA into two countries: Red and Blue

Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.

Image: Dicken Schrader
Strange Maps
  • America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
  • Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
  • Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Keep reading Show less

NASA astronomer Michelle Thaller on ​the multiple dimensions of space and human sexuality

Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.

Flickr / 13winds
Think Again Podcasts
  • Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
  • What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
  • Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
Keep reading Show less