I agree, the gold colour didnt work on the ident for World Cup 2002.
Personally, I quite like the 'whoosh' at the end of each titles - it adds to the continuity. But 1. the 'whoosh' doesnt always match the feel of the music - e.g. the sombre-ish music they use for Racing from Aintree is spoilt by the whoosh, and 2. as I've said before it is too restricting, it would have been nice to see something a bit more distinctive for last years Olympics and other major events.
As for the Winter Olympics, I presume the host broadcaster is RAI, Italy, so it depends on them. Salt Lake City 2002 worked quite well - the host broadcaster provided 4:3 pictures, but the BBC broadcast in 16:9 and when they were showing actual sporting coverage the 'danger zone' had an animated graphics scheme. Looked brilliant.
But if RAI are not in 16:9, I cant see Turin being broadcast in full widescreen because, like Athens, the presenters will be based in Turin so there will be no presentation from London.
But overall I agree with Moz, compared to ITV and C4, and Sky Sports in most cases, BBC Sport presentation is in a different league!
EDIT: As for the Commonwealth Games, they're in Melbourne, and BBC Interactive are currently showing full 16:9 coverage of the Australian Open tennis. So if its the same host broadcaster, the Games should be in full 16:9. Yay!
BBC SPORT. THE OLYMPIC BROADCASTER.