The Electric Commentary

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

How does your foot taste, Jacques?

London has been awarded the 2012 Olympic Games, edging NYC, Madrid, Moscow, and the favorite, Paris. You probably heard Jacques Chirac's quote about how Mad Cow Disease was Britain's sole contribution to European agriculture. What you may not have heard was that he also said:

Only Finland has worse food in Europe.


While everyone expects the French to rip the Brits, and vice versa, this insult of Finnish cooking may ultimately have cost France the Olympic Games. There are two Finnish members of the IOC, Peter Tallberg and Jari Kurri. If the vote was as close as expected, Jacques' big mouth may have had a large impact.

Normally I wouldn't think that this kind of thing mattered very much, but I'm shocked that Paris lost the bid. I thought that they were a shoe-in. Everything I read had them as huge favorites. Congratulations to London.

Update:

From Dan Drezner:
London's Sun noted that although British and French International Olympic Committee members are banned from voting, two Finnish IOC members will be voting, and their ballots could be crucial.

2 Comments:

  • Wait a minute, a guy who is only famous because of Wayne Gretzky basically decided who would host the Olympic host? That's awesome.

    Did Kurri wear that weird-shaped JOFA helmet when making his vote? I sure hope so.

    By Blogger Ace Cowboy, at 9:13 AM  

  • Mmmm, Kurri.

    Yup, that's the guy. Both Finnish reps are former olympic athletes.

    I can only assume that he wore the helmet. Wouldn't you?

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 9:45 AM  

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