On Tuesday, ACOG unveiled details of the Olympic Village and Int'l Festival Area, a 250-acre complex calling it "a cross between summer camp and Disneyland without the rides." When the Games begin, athletes, coaches and officials will take up residence in the village carved out of Georgia Tech. "What Atlanta's village may lack in the postcard scenery of Barcelona's 1992 seaside compound, it will try to compensate for in sheer size, entertainment value and air conditioning." The village will offer an array of services, including a bowling alley, gift shop, billiards, post office, foreign exchange bank, video arcade, hair stylist, shopping mall and several McDonalds (Lyle Harris, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 12/7).
With the announcement from IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch that he will not seek re-election in '97, there is speculation in Montreal that IOC VP Dick Pound will be "one of the likelier" candidates. Pound has been "quietly" assisting Quebec City's efforts to host the 2002 Winter Games and called Quebec "very much" in the running: "You've got poor old Salt Lake City out there, this is their eighth year as a candidate. They have no more rabbits to pull out of the hat. After two Winter Games in Europe, it might be North America's turn" (Jack Todd, MONTREAL GAZETTE, 12/7).