Duquesne University’s view of the Pittsburgh skyline. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
As in Olympic gold.
The invitation from the U.S. Olympic Committee for this city to be among 35 in the country to bid for the 2024 Summer Games is a privilege. More than that, it’s an opportunity and Pittsburgh should go for it.
Sure, the odds look long. But who, 11 years prior to 2009, could have conceived of Pittsburgh hosting the G-20 Summit? Not possible, people would have said. Not here, would have been the reaction. Get aht.
Likewise, who, 11 years prior to 1996, could have conceived of Atlanta hosting the Summer Olympics? No doubt not many Atlantans, yet now that city is the capital of the New South and everything has changed. So it could be with Pittsburgh.
LONDON, July 27 (Reuters) – Bells rang across Britain on Friday to signal the final countdown to the Olympic Games, which open with an exuberant and eccentric ceremony celebrating the nation in an explosion of dance, music and fireworks inspired by Shakespeare’s “Tempest”.
Watched by 60,000 people at the main Olympic stadium built in a run-down part of east London and a global audience of more than a billion, the event will have passages described by British Prime Minister David Cameron as “spine-tingling”.
The spectators will be urged to join in sing-a-longs and help create spectacular visual scenes at an event that sets the tone for the sporting extravaganza, when 16,000 athletes from 204 countries share the thrill of victory and despair of defeat with 11 million visitors.