On Friday, GamesBids.com published Part 1 of a 2 part interview with Willy Bogner, German Ski Olympian, Filmmaker and Head of the Munich 2018 Olympic bid.
The interview took place in Vancouver last month, during the 2010 Winter Games where Munich 2018 was participating in the Olympic observers’ program.
Following is Part 2 (of 2) of GamesBids.com’s exclusive one-on-one interview with Bogner; a conversation with background on the Munich 2018 bid.
GB – “How is your public support?”
WB – All of the serious surveys that are really done by independent organizations – we have more than two-thirds of supporters, which is a dream, even at this early stage. Obviously we really haven’t started our campaign yet and we expect even to grow from there. Because Germany is one of the most sports-loving places in the world, we have more than 20 million people registered in sports clubs – it’s almost one-third of the country belonging to some clubs and then obviously you have a lot of people doing sports without belonging to clubs which is another third. So you have a great interest in all of the population in sports, especially also winter sports. So that’s definitely a very strong asset.
GB – “Are you working on a domestic marketing campaign?”
WB – Well, obviously when our team comes home to Germany this will be a very good signal for all the media and everybody to bring the Olympic ideal to the forefront, and we will definitely push for our bid.
GB – “What are your other thoughts inspired by the Vancouver Games?”
WB – “I think it’s really amazing how the organizers here are dealing with this complexity in great ways, so it can be done. I think Munich has even a few more advantages in the point-of-view of historical buildings and so on. There is a certain German Gemuetlichkeit – if you don’t know the name it’s a kind of a laid back, relaxed atmosphere that you find in Bavaria and that’s really helpful for the Games – very friendly people, very open-minded – it’s a good tourist destination. We have great hotels and there is very good infrastructure so there is a lot to build on – so we’re quite confident.
And then obviously German’s are not necessarily known for their outgoing emotional openness; the world championships in soccer in 2006 really was so successful in the point-of-view of celebration of sports that we have a good example there that German’s can have fun. They’re not only working – which is important also – they’re working so that they can have fun.”
GB – “What are the advantages of a ‘big city’ Games?”
WB – We see it here, there’s a city centre for the big number of media, athletes and everything that is necessary – and visitors and Olympic family and so on; the big number can be housed in a city where all the infrastructure is there with the hotels and everything. And the mountains can have a smaller one – pretty much like you have here, in Whistler.
And I think we are even better in this because number one, our mountains are much closer; our roads are better going there; the terrain is easier so you can drive faster and we also have a train connection so it should be easier structurally – obviously that helps us.
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On Monday, initial bid plans are due into the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for evaluation and the IOC will announce a shortlist based on their findings in June.