^Competing at 28 would probably be unlikely. But D10 can skate in the gala. (What's the precedent for this, anyway? Have any retired skaters skated when their country became a host?)
^I meant, have retired skaters been invited to galas held in their countries, without competing?
^^ Actual sport fans will probably not really care about the issues but the activists loves to make a big deal about them. The medias sometimes love to feed these kinds of aspects.
What resources does Detroit already have that would make it a good choice? I'm not sure, but I believe, at a minimum, they'd need major sports venues... ski jumping, luge/bobsled tracks, speed skating ovals... that require pretty large investments. Are there some of those in Detroit that I'm unaware of (a serious question... I really don't know for sure)?
The Detroit thing is amusing me.
Did you know Detroit actually bid for the Olympics 7 times between 1944 and 1972? It's the most times a city has bid without ever winning the Games.
The backstory is that the longtime president of the USOC, I believe it was, was from Detroit.
Frankly, given Detroit's financial straits, I doubt they will be bidding any time soon. Although they certainly have the land for redevelopment, who would fund it?
I think we're likely to see Los Angeles advanced as the US bidder for 2024.
^the detroit suggestion also amuses me.. i thought they still have a problem with their local economy and the whole auto industry emergency bailout years ago..