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New Zealand Mocks Tulsa's Consideration of 2024 Olympic Bid

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As if on an Olympic timetable, the first time we heard Neil Mavis talking about the games was 4 years ago.

"It's a stretch, but if you look at Atlanta they thought it was a crazy idea. If Atlanta can do it, why can't we?," he asked in 2009.

Fast forward to 2013, and lo and behold T-town is one of 35 cities to get a letter from the US Olympic committee asking if we're interested in 2024.

"What we want to do is have the Olympic torch coming through the Trail of Tears," said Mavis.

Ok sure, the logistics look daunting, like where are we going to find a 16,500 bed Olympic village?

"We know that there's the proper number of dorm beds in Tahlequah, at OCU and Edmond," he said.

And says Mavis, the games could help spur Tulsa's development.

"What we'd really like to do is use the Olympics as a catalyst for things we'd like to get done, like put water in the river, to have white water rafting," he said.

"Tulsa really could be a viable location for the Olympics, now granted it is a long shot," said Clay Bird, Tulsa's director of economic development.

But if it did happen, what event would Mr. Bird want to attend?

"Women's volleyball, of course," he smiled.

A positive attitude not shared by the entire global community. The New Zealand Herald apparently scoffed at the idea with the headline, "The Tulsa Olympics?"

Really New Zealand? Cause you're so great right? Well, I mean your flag is pretty cool, oh wait a minute. That's Australia's flag. All you did was take some stars off and color the others red. Cause your so original, and Olympic worthy, New Zealand.

"I've been there, it's a beautiful country," said Mavis.

We're sure it is, but their officials aren't humming the theme song 4 years out.

"Da, da, da, da, da, da, da," chimed Bird.

Go Tulsa, 2024!

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