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Put QC in hunt for 2024 Games

Charlotte, our time to host the Olympics has come!

Think about it: the Queen City has way cleaner air than Beijing's, and I don't think massive protests would erupt around the world over our human rights violations during the global torch relay.

Maybe we could even use it as an opportunity to run off some of our buffet and sweet tea fat!

Olympic-quality facilities? No problem!

Bruton Smith can start building massive athletic facilities around Concord right now, and if anything threatens to stop construction, he can pull the I'm-going-to-move-the-Speedway-if-I-don't-get-my-way card again.

Dollars and endorsements would flow like fried Twinkie filling!

It's not so unrealistic. It used to be laughable to think the NFL would ever include Charlotte in an expansion. Or that Krispy Kreme would ever be found in Manhattan. Well, look at us today!

I'm a fan of big plans. While I'm waiting for the baseball stadium to be built (note to the jerk with the lawsuits blocking the stadium: GET OVER IT), I'll volunteer to serve on the 2024 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Exploratory Committee.

Hey, if Atlanta can do it, we can do it better. Queen Charlotte is ready to play hostess … in a big way.

Tracy Russ is a Charlotte native and owns a communications/public relations consulting agency. E-mail feedback@eyecharlotte.com.

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