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  • Beijing Bold Face: People in Beijing


    10/28/07

    The Crowne Plaza lobby. (ATR)  
    (ATR) The lobby of the Crowne Plaza Hotel next to the Olympic Stadium was a busy crossroads this week with the IOC meetings and the Sport and Environment conference both underway. As the biggest five star hotel near the Olympic Stadium, the stream of Olympic characters at the Crowne Plaza will be unrelenting for the next 10 months to the Games.

    Spotted at the Crowne Plaza…

    NBC Olympics vice president and producer David Neal led a team of experts from the network for a site visit at the Water Cube, venue for aquatics. Not to waste time, the NBC crew was on its way back after two days. The Crowne Plaza is the home of NBC during the Games…

    Brazil Olympic Committee President Carlos Nuzman and Carlos Osorio, secretary general were in Beijing to tend details for the committee’s needs during the Beijing Games. Nuzman was a speaker at the IOC Sport and Environment Conference. They were among the thousands of Beijing air travelers who lost their outbound flights Friday die to fog. They flew Saturday to the Asian Indoor Games in Macao…

    Ann Duffy, Vancouver 2010 sustainability officer, is close to speechless as the Sport and Environment conference closes, her voice reduced to a scratchy whisper, answering an interviewer’s questions by writing on a note pad…
    Ann Duffy, VANOC sustainability officer loses her voice in Beijing. (ATR)  


    Josef Fendt, president of FIL, the International Luge Federation, is a member of the IOC Sport and Environment Commission that meets Sunday in Beijing. Fendt will meet while in China on finding ways to increase interest in luge…

    Ser Luck Teo, Singaporean member of parliament and one of the young leaders of the city’s bid
     for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games attended the opening day of the Sport and Environment Conference…

    Bob Ctvrtlik, IOC member from the U.S., USOC vice president international,
    Ser Luck Teo, one of the leaders of the Singapore Youth Olympic Games bid. (ATR)  
    who in the past week has been in Lausanne for the 2016 cities seminar, back to the U.S. for the Olympic Assembly in Houston, Chicago for the open of the AIBA boxing world championships and then on to Dubai for the World Athletes Forum this weekend. Ctvrtlik was a member of a small delegation from the IOC Athletes Commission taking a look at Beijing preparations, a group that also included Rania Elwani from Egypt, all of them headed to Dubai from Beijing…

    IOC imagery consultant Brad Copeland made Beijing his
    final stop after visiting Hong Kong and Shenyang, one of the football host cities where a new stadium has been built…

    George Washington University professor Lisa Delpy Neirotti is in Beijing to scope out housing for her sports management students. She always brings a couple of dozen of her pupils to the Games for a first-hand experience….

    Reporter Bert Schaap and colleagues from Die Telegraf in the Netherlands, here for several days to gather photos, information and test the technology at their hotel during the Games…

    Bill Lutt was one of the more intriguing spots in the hotel lobby. The U.S. music producer became the target of ire in Sydney when it was revealed he was contracted to organize an American-style marching band as part of the opening ceremony for the 2000 Games. Olympics Minister Michael Knight would have nothing of it and axed the planned performance, even though the band would have been international, including young Australians.

    Lutt would not say what he was up to in Beijing, but indicated it might be Olympics-related. Indeed, he was having breakfast with ceremonies maestro Ric Birch, the man who hired him in Sydney and who is apparently brainstorming with him on a touch of brass for Beijing…

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