2016 Summer Geolympiad
|2016 Summer Geolympiad (Pancontinental Games)|
|Host city||Quentinsburgh, Freedemia|
|Number of events||56|
|Opening Ceremony||31 July|
|Closing Ceremony||14 August|
|Geolympiad Stadium||Spectrum Geolympiad Stadium map|
Quentinsburgh, Freedemia will be hosting the 2016 Summer Geolympiad (Pancontinental Games), the world's largest international sporting event that takes place every four years. The event is commonly referred to as Quentinsburgh 2016 since they will be hosting the event.
This Geolympiad-related article is a stub.
Quentinsburgh, Freedemia was announced as the host city on August 1st, 2015 after the announcement by the Geolympiad Committee. The other finalists were Old City, Neo Delta; Gata, Yury, Reback, Drevet, and Oyonnax, Ataraxia. The event will consist of ? sports, including foosball (recently added) and will take place across 29 venues across the Quentinsburgh metropolitan area.
List of Venues
The following list is the full list of all of the venues for the Quentinsburgh 2016 Summer Geolympiad. Most events are located at venues in the Spectrum Geolympiad Complex in Eastern Quentinsburgh, and all but two are within the Quentinsburgh City Limits.
|Sport / Event||Venue Name||Capacity||map||QLine Metro||notes|
|Ceremonies/Athletics||Spectrum Geolympiad Stadium (center arena)||tbd (a lot)||map||(2)(4)(7)(11)(12)(13)|
|Geolympiad Village/ Area for athletes||constructed near Hotel Village Square||tbd||map||(7)(13)||dorms at Read University may also be used map|
|Football/Soccer 1, 2, 3, 4||Spectrum Geolympiad Stadium||tbd (a lot)||map||(4)(7)(11)(12)(13)||Built with 4 soccer fields within a large stadium complex, so more than one game can be in the same complex simultaneously|
|Football/Soccer 5||L. Vera Stadium||tbd||map||(2)(4)(8)(13)||Ordinarily home of the Quentinsburgh Swift soccer team|
|Football/Soccer 6||Staplers Center||tbd||map||(3)(8)||Ordinarily home of the Quentinsburgh Rockfish football (not soccer) team|
|Foosball||J. Bond Center||tbd||map||(1)(2)||at Quentins State Fairgrounds|
|Outdoor Volleyball||Quentins Point Beach||tbd||map||(1)(3)(5)(8)|
|Indoor Volleyball||Read Athletic Center||tbd||map||(2)||constructed across from Read Stadium|
|Softball||Kendall Sports Center||tbd||map||(1)(2)(4)(13)|
|Basketball 1||Bugge-Putnam Gym||tbd||map||(5), near (1)(2)(4)(13)|
|Basketball 2||Slaney Sudent Activity Center||tbd||map||(5), near (1)(2)(4)(13)|
|Marathon||Downtown Quentinsburgh, route through Capitol Mall and Embassy Square||tbd||map||(5), others||Marathon will likely loop back around to Waterside Park|
|Canoeing||Horizon Lake||tbd||map||None||Will be connected by express buses/shuttles|
|Rowing||Horizon Lake||tbd||map||None||Will be connected by express buses/shuttles|
|Mountain Biking||Berkeley Mountains Conservation Area||tbd||map||None||Will be connected by express buses/shuttles|
|BMX||Tortuga International Raceway||tbd||map||(3)(6)(8)||land in middle can be turned into fields and tracks and such|
|Aquatics||Spectrum Geolympiad Aquatic Center||tbd||map||(4)(12)||near Spectrum Geolympiad Stadium|
|Sailing||Horizon Lake||tbd||map||None||Will be connected by express buses/shuttles|
|Field Hockey||Seven Point Community Park||tbd||map||(2)(9)||will be turned into a large field area|
|Baseball||Quails Field||tbd||map||(2)||normally home of Quentinsburgh Quails|
|Archery and Shooting||Quentins State Fairgrounds||tbd||map||(1)(2)|
|Equestrian Sports?||Redent Beach||tbd||map||(5)|
|?||North Quentinsburgh Park||tbd||map||(5)|
|Gymnastics, Ice Sports, etc.||Glofish.com Arena||tbd (a lot)||map||(4)|
|Tennis||T. Garland Stadium||tbd||map||(4)(13)||Newly constructed as part of an expansion of Quentins State University|
|Golf||Greendale Meadows Golf Club||tbd||map||(4)(12)||Closest golf course close to Spectrum Geolympiad Stadium|
|Other water sports? Marathon?||Waterside Park||tbd||map||(2) and (5)||Nice area in Downtown at coast, could be part of the marathon or triathlon|
|Wrestling||Kolden Stadium||tbd||map||(4)(5)(12)||Newly built as an extra venue for Geolympiad|
|Weightlifting||D. Earnheart Stadium||tbd||map||(4)(12)||Newly built as an extra venue for Geolympiad|
|Table Tennis||Quentins Convention Center||tbd||map||(1)(3)(5)(7)||Very nice venue in downtown Quentinsburgh, usually used for conventions, etc. Recently renovated.|
|Rugby||Hayes-Carter Stadium||tbd||map||(8)||Stadium at Hayes University|
|?||Roman N. Barker Stadium||tbd||map||On tram||Newly built as an added venue for Geolympiad|
|Cycling||Path between Freedemian Park, Seven Point Community Park, and Lake Grentens Park||tbd||map||(2)(4)(6) and (9)(at different stations)|
The above two maps show where the venues are located and how almost all of the venues are connected by QLine Metro.
Treating Athletes and Visitors as Valued Guests
The athletes are welcome guests at the 2016 Geolympiad, and Freedemia plans to treat them that way. For the span of the Geolympiad, all athletes are welcome to use whatever resources they need, such as a free temporary healthcare plan and free cash exchanges (from any international cash to Freedins). Athletes will be staying in 5 star facilities with quality living. They will also be given a free $200 All-n-One gift card to help them sustain themselves during their stay. Free shuttle services will be available for the athletes to and from the various venues. There will be many special free events in downtown Quentinsburgh and surrounding areas especially for international visitors. The athletes and visitors will be treated as valued guests in all aspects of their stay, as Freedemia understands the privilege hosting the Geolympiad is.
The Opening Ceremony will take place in the center arena of Spectrum Geolympiad Stadium on July 31, 2015.
While not releasing a lot of information about the opening ceremony this early on, some ideas have been discussed. One large idea was to base the ceremony after Quentinsburgh and Freedemia's heritage in the arts (plays, symphonies, jazz, etc). The idea is to somehow combine Freedemian culture when it comes to the arts with their strong family values, while working in the national animal, the box turtle. One smaller idea for a good feature involves claymation and stop motion. However, this is more of an idea for an intro video to kick off the opening ceremony, being a video of stop motion with Freedemian made Plega blocks including replicas of Quentinsburghian architecture. However, an idea of including stopmotion in the main feature as well (with people) and incorporating the aforementioned themes is being strongly considered for the opening ceremony.
Foosball was approved for the first time as a Geolympiad sport after many, especially Freedemians, pushed for its inclusion. One major argument was that if table tennis could be considered a Geolympiad sport, then Foosball (table soccer) should be considered.
Quentinsburgh intends on selling 8 million tickets, sold in Freedemian freedins, but also excepting payments in Unified Standard Dollars.
Getting to the events
Quentinsburgh's transit system, QUARTA, has made many improvements to their metro system to make sure that visitors can get around the city and to the events, The improvements included a brand new bus rapid transit system, QLink BRT, to link eastern Quentinsburgh together (as well as connecting the main venues to the airport, the Geolympiad Village and the hotels), express service on several subway lines, and more. There is also a tram running through the Geolympiad Complex that connects the venues together and connects to the nearest subway stations.
Mascot (Geolympiad Garret)
The idea for the mascot was largely inspired by the Freedemian national animal, the box turtle. The mascot, "Geolympiad Garret", is representative of the national pride in Freedemia, as well as his stance and expression representative of the motivation of the athletes in the Games and the fun of competition.
The original mascot was created by a young man named Henry Moore, using a paint software on his personal computer. He said he was particularly inspired by the television show Francine the Turtle. Lee Anderson Marketing eventually remade the mascot, making it more three-dimensional and added in the aspects mentioned (stance, expression, etc). The design of the mascot was deliberately simplistic, and when given a chance to vote for the mascot's name Geolympiad Garret was chosen over names like Quincy or Quenty (for Quentinsburgh), Pancontinental Paul, Snappy, Shellback, and Shelldon.
The main part of the Geolympiad Lamp Relay will cross Freedemia, stopping in several Freedemian cities along the way, starting in Anneitasburgh and ending in Quentinsburgh, while going through cities like Savvenahsburgh, Franklinsburgh, Trenchent, San Grande, San Guijarros, and Graham City. Some have suggested including Nature and Narghana in the lamp relay as well, due to their shared history and close vicinity to Freedemia. There is generally a larger aspect of the trip as well, and Freedemia is looking into having other Tarephian and Antarephian nations such as Paxtar, Woolonia, Latina, Draco and Drevet (in that order, counter-clockwise) be part of the international lamp relay.