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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Connector of the day: Dara Torres

October 1st, 2009
08:54 PM ET

On the day that the host City for the Olympic Games in 2016 is announced our Connector of the Day is an Olympian par excellence.

Dara Torres doing what she does best.

Dara Torres doing what she does best.

Dara Torres has already won 12 medals and is hungrily eyeing up more at the London Games in 2012.

These facts alone mark Torres out as a remarkable woman, but what most people seem to find extraordinary is the fact that she is continuing to smash swimming records even though she is well into her forties.

Born in Los Angeles, her striking looks and easy manner have resulted in her being offered opportunities away from swimming in the world of TV and modelling.

An inspiration to men and women of any age let us know what you would like to ask her. We'd also like to hear what you think about the Olympics generally.

Are we losing the Olympic ethos?

October 1st, 2009
06:06 PM ET

On Friday the International Olympic Committee selected its choice to host the 2016 summer Olympic Games.

Rio de Janeiro has never hosted the Olympic Games.

Rio de Janeiro has never hosted the Olympic Games.

Three of the final four cities short-listed, Chicago, Madrid, and Tokyo, hail from regions that frequently host the world’s premier sporting extravaganza.

The fourth, the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, represents a continent that has never won the right to host the Games. Indeed South America has not hosted a major sporting event on a global scale since Argentina brought football’s World Cup to the region in 1978.

Spain’s Olympic vice-president Jose Maria Odriozola reportedly labeled the Brazilian city as "the worst of the four candidates,” and raised questions about security. This prompted Rio’s organizing committee to lodge a complaint with the IOC.

Click here to read more about Rio's winning bid

The enormous cost of staging the Games, in terms of improving a city’s sporting and non-sporting infrastructure, puts a lot of pressure on the IOC to select the bid they feel is most capable of delivering success.

Does this mean that richer, industrialized countries in Europe and North America are a safer bet in this respect?

Next year an African nation will host the football World Cup for the first time. The decision to award the tournament to South Africa raised plenty of eyebrows given the country’s significant social and economic problems. However FIFA, the sport’s governing body, clearly took the view that the benefits of bringing football’s showpiece event to Africa far outweighed the potential costs.

How should you decide who hosts the Olympics or a World Cup? Is it about cold, hard pragmatism or the romance of seeing new, untested cities sharing the experience?

Tell us what you think below.


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