As we approach the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Olympic Village has been built, the venues are ready and people are making their final plans to come to watch the events. I wanted to take a look at all the cities currently confirmed for future Olympic Games. In addition to checking out the confirmed cities, I think the list of runner-up cities shows us where the future games will be held in 2020 and 2022, hopefully we will see them return to Chicago or New York, but those cities are not finalists even for the 2020 Games.
I really like the plan Madrid has presented, although the Olympic decision makers obviously have not. The city proposes to hold all events except one within the city limits, and to turn the entire historic city into a giant Olympic Village so everyone could participate in the Olympic party. Here's a list of the upcoming Olympic Games and their official host cities:
London 2012As someone who had visited this amazing city, I'm very interested to see how the Olympic Games will work in this compact, urban city. London beat out some pretty formidable foes for the 2012 games, including Madrid, Spain, Moscow, Russia, New York City and Paris, France.
Sochi 2014From February 7-23 in 2014, the world's attention will turn to the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, in the Russian Federation. A resort city popular part of the old U.S.S.R., I think this is a great example of how hosting an Olympic Games can help bring attention and tourism to a city. I had never even heard of this city until hearing about it as related to the upcoming Olympics. The city beat out Salzburg, Austria and PyeongChang in Korea, which was later awarded the 2018 Winter Games.
Rio de Janeiro 2016The XXXI Olympic Summer Games come to this wild South American country in August 2016. The city is already busy working on the Olympic venues and has unveiled their Olympic Park masterplan last summer. The city beat out Madrid, Tokyo, Japan and Chicago to host the 2016 games.
PyeongChang 2018The XXIII Olympic Winter Games will be in the Korean city of PyeongChang, marking return of the games to Asia.
2020?Five cities have submitted their proposals to host the 2020 Games. Istanbul in Turkey, Tokyo, Baku in Azerbaijan, Doha in Qatar and Madrid again.
Freddy Sherman grew up in Philadelphia, which didn't make being a Los Angeles Dodgers fan easy. He has lived in Los Angeles for twenty years, now able to follow the Dodgers openly and attends games frequently. You can follow him on Twitter -@thefredsherman.
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