Olympic Bid: Desperate measures for Montreal and Banff
It might be the most ruthless of all Olympic competitions: the race for the right to host the Games. At stake are hundreds of millions of dollars in potential profit, and an indelible mark on the global map. To opponents it's a colossal waste of tax dollars, a carnival of hype, spin and speculation. CBC Archives looks back at Canada's winning and losing Olympic bids.
. Until 1992, the Summer and Winter Olympics were held during the same calendar year. After 1992 their dates were staggered two years apart. Until that change, host cities for both Games were decided on the same day.
. Montreal mayor Jean Drapeau got the notion to bid on the Olympics while visiting Lausanne, Switzerland, to get ideas for Expo 67. He met a city official whose office happened to be in the IOC building, and inspiration struck.
. The candidates to host the 1972 Summer Games were:
- Detroit, USA
- Madrid, Spain
- Montreal, Canada
- Munich, Germany
. 1972 Winter Games candidates:
- Banff, Canada
- Lahti, Finland
- Salt Lake City, USA
- Sapporo, Japan
. Host cities for the 1972 Winter and Summer Games were decided on May 25, 1966, in Rome, Italy.
. In Summer Games voting, Detroit was eliminated in the first round. In the second round of voting, Munich won the Games with 31 votes to Madrid's 16 and Montreal's 13.
. In Winter Games voting, Sapporo won in the first round with 32 votes. Banff finished in second place with 16 votes; Lahti and Salt Lake City had seven each.
. After losing both bids, Canadian delegates blamed IOC president Avery Brundage for turning voters against the Canadian cities.
. Brundage, an American art collector and philanthropist, competed in pentathlon and decathlon at the 1912 Olympics.
. IOC president from 1952 to 1972, Brundage is remembered for his opposition to allowing professionals to compete in the Olympics, and his controversial decision to continue the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich after 11 Israeli athletes and coaches were killed by terrorists
. In previous years, Canada's emphasis had been on trying to obtain the Winter Games. Montreal had bid for the 1932 and 1956 Games; Calgary had bid for the 1964 and 1968 Games.
Program: CBC Radio News
Broadcast Date: April 25, 1966
Reporter: David Halton
Last updated: May 24, 2012
Page consulted on September 26, 2014
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