July 25, 2003 Features & Images » Feature Story

First Person: Steve Podborski 

The Games of our lives

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So I have striven throughout my life to help us figure that out and this is another great success.

The challenges are many. We have to manage the process. It is not done. All the way through we have to be vigilant and look hard at every decision we make down the road. It is simple to take the easy path. It is like getting up in the morning if you are an athlete and saying to yourself, "I need a rest day today." Well maybe you don’t. So you need a plan and you have to stick with it.

Pique: There is still a ripple of fear running through the community that there will be corruption, scandals, and cost overruns. What can you say to those concerned about this?

Podborski : When I got involved in this it was me; Steve and my reputation. All the way through I was watching to see if anyone was going to (lead the bid into trouble) because they would be dragging me with it. But it hasn’t been like that. The work that we have done has been tremendous, and the international relations have been done right.

All the way along it has been done right and so I think that foundation and the basis of how we did this is "good" and I think it will continue in that way. You have to be vigilant and you have to continue to ride that horse all the way along. You can’t just say, "OK we did it" and stop watching. But the foundation is in place.

Pique: Do you want to remain involved?

Podborski : I’d love to. If you want to stay involved in the athletic world, if you are part of the amateur athletic world, the Olympics is the big one. So having the Olympics in the town where I want to live – well yeah, I think I’d like to stay involved.

Pique: What was Prague like during the decision of the International Olympic Committee?

Podborski : I knew more than most in the world and not as much as some, but when we were watching this process of them voting and we learned that Salzburg was out that more or less matched what I thought would happen.

(In the first ballot July 2 Pyeongchang won 51 votes, Vancouver received 40 and Salzburg got 16. In the second vote Vancouver won the 2010 Games with 56 and Pyeongchang received 53.)

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