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  • Salzburg Tops Latest 2014 Olympics Index


    10/20/06

    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=5 align=right border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD> <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=150 border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD colSpan=2><IMG src="/_images/articles/OldStories/PowerIndexlogo.jpg"></TD></TR> <TR> <TD style="PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px"><SPAN class=caption><B></B></SPAN></TD> <TD width=12>&nbsp;</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>(ATR) The Salzburg bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics remains in command of the rankings for the latest edition of the Around the Rings Olympic Bids Power Index. Challengers PyeongChang and Sochi are tied for second. <BR><BR>The Power Index evaluates the cities across 11 different categories that reflect the resources, will, and skill of each city. Top score is 110. <BR><BR>The rankings are based on information provided in the cities' dossiers to the IOC, and independently gathered research by Around the Rings, including on-the-scene visits to each of the cities.<BR><BR> <TABLE border=1> <TBODY style="FONT-SIZE: 11px; COLOR: #000000"> <TR> <TH style="FONT-SIZE: 12px; COLOR: #000000" colSpan=11><ALIGN ="center"><B>2014 Winter Olympic Power Index - October 2006</B></TH></TR> <TR align=middle> <TD> <TH style="FONT-SIZE: 11px; COLOR: #000000">PyeongChang <TH style="FONT-SIZE: 11px; COLOR: #000000">Salzburg <TH style="FONT-SIZE: 11px; COLOR: #000000">Sochi</TR> <TR align=middle> <TH style="FONT-SIZE: 11px; COLOR: #000000">Accommodation <TD>6(7) <TD>8(7) <TD>6(7)</TD> <TR align=middle> <TH style="FONT-SIZE: 11px; COLOR: #000000">Ambience <TD>6 <TD>8 <TD>7</TD> <TR align=middle> <TH style="FONT-SIZE: 11px; COLOR: #000000">Bid Operation <TD>7(6) <TD>8 <TD>8(9)</TD> <TR align=middle> <TH style="FONT-SIZE: 11px; COLOR: #000000">Games Cost <TD>6(7) <TD>8 <TD>3</TD> <TR align=middle> <TH style="FONT-SIZE: 11px; COLOR: #000000">Last Games <TD>8(6) <TD>6 <TD>8(7)</TD> <TR align=middle> <TH style="FONT-SIZE: 11px; COLOR: #000000">Legacy <TD>8 <TD>8 <TD>8(7)</TD> <TR align=middle> <TH style="FONT-SIZE: 11px; COLOR: #000000">Marketing <TD>7 <TD>7 <TD>8</TD> <TR align=middle> <TH style="FONT-SIZE: 11px; COLOR: #000000">Gov/Pub Support <TD>9 <TD>9 <TD>10</TD> <TR align=middle> <TH style="FONT-SIZE: 11px; COLOR: #000000">Security <TD>6(7) <TD>7 <TD>6</TD> <TR align=middle> <TH style="FONT-SIZE: 11px; COLOR: #000000">Transportation <TD>6 <TD>9 <TD>6</TD> <TR align=middle> <TH style="FONT-SIZE: 11px; COLOR: #000000">Venues/Experience <TD>7(8) <TD>9 <TD>6</TD> <TR align=middle> <TH style="FONT-SIZE: 11px; COLOR: #000000">POWER INDEX<BR>(previous rank June 20, 2006) <TD>76<BR>(77) <TD>87<BR>(86) <TD>76<BR>(75)</TD> <TR align=middle> <TH style="FONT-SIZE: 11px; COLOR: #000000">Final Ranking <TD>2 <TD>1 <TD>2</TD></TR><BR></TR></TR></TR></TR></TR></TR> <DIV></DIV></TR></TR></TR></TR></TR></TR></TR></TR></TR></TR></TR></TR></TR></TR></TR></TR></TR></TR></TR></TBODY></TABLE><BR><BR>Salzburg, with a score of 87, stands taller than its rivals in accommodation, costs, transport, venues and experience. <BR><BR>The ratings are consistent with the past three editions of the 2014 Power Index since last year. <BR><BR>PyeongChang, with a 76 score, has made changes to its venue plan to make it more compact. The move seems to be a plus, but at what cost and complication? <BR><BR>Accommodation will need extra attention now that hockey is moved to the Gangneung. Thirty minutes from PyeongChang, the city now would host of all the ice arena events. <BR><BR>The showdown with North Korea over nuclear weapons shows both the potential for the Olympics to bring peace to the peninsula and the risks for the Games.<BR><BR>Sochi, with an overall score of 76, scores the first 10 in the 2014 index, for public support. While each city has locked-in the support of national governments, none seems to have had the same weight as Vladimir Putin's endorsement. The Russian government has pledged to spend $12 billion to raise the level of infrastructure in the Sochi region to Olympic standards.<BR><BR>The threat of security hassles resulting from bubbling tensions with Georgia are an issue for Sochi. Domestic terror is always a concern for Russian officials. <BR><BR>Technical qualities aside, both Sochi and PyeongChang are free to play the wild card that neither has hosted the Winter Olympics. Indeed, the Games would bring important sport legacies for both cities. Salzburg also offers good legacy for the city and region without the high costs associated with the other bids. <BR><BR>The Around the Rings Olympic Bids Power Index is not meant to predict the results of next year's IOC vote for the 2014 host city, but is offered as a subjective comparison of the qualities of the candidate cities. <BR><BR>The Power Index is the only ranking of its kind, based on visits to the cities by the staff of ATR, regular communications with the bid committees and the real-time experience of covering eight consecutive Olympic Games.<BR><BR>The index will be update at least two or three more times prior to the IOC vote July 4, 2007, in Guatemala.<BR><BR><B>More on the race for 2014 in this week's Special Edition of Around the Rings, now on line.</B><BR>