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Anyone remember the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo?
or the 2004 Summer games in Athens?
I wonder what Sochi will look like in a decade?
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All those huge venues|
Posted by: rWVen on Feb-12-14 6:26 AM (EST)
built in environmentally sensitive areas, the damage has already been done....now, where's the clicker...?
To be fair, Sarajevo did have the|
Posted by: FishinYak on Feb-12-14 7:04 AM (EST)
civil war shortly afterwards, and people are not very likely to book a ski resort in a place they believe is still dangerous.
Posted by: davbart on Feb-12-14 7:46 AM (EST)
The pictured Kosovo Stadium (actually Kosevo) where the opening ceremony was held for the '84 Winter Olympics is active and used for soccer matches. It is not being wasted. Looks like some journalistic editing (lying) to support an agenda.
That would NEVER happen!|
Posted by: FishinYak on Feb-12-14 7:54 AM (EST)
*Note dripping sarcasm*
Posted by: radiomix on Feb-12-14 8:08 AM (EST)
Can't afford to upkeep the venues from the summer games. That birds nest stadium is used, but it never gets filled, and is decaying already.
Just thinking about this the other day|
Posted by: converse on Feb-12-14 8:44 AM (EST)
and reminded of how well Atlanta handled the games. So many of the venues were temporary builds or easily converted and used by everyone from the Braves, UGA, and GA Tech. Other venues were improved infrastructure a hour or two away. Of course, they still had their issues.
it also helps|
Posted by: radiomix on Feb-12-14 8:58 AM (EST)
That America already has a sporting infrastructure. We could host every Olympics without building much
Posted by: rWVen on Feb-12-14 9:46 AM (EST)
Hold the Olympics in 2 permanent venues. Greece for Summer and one of the Scandinavian countries for winter.
Posted by: slushpaddler on Feb-12-14 12:13 PM (EST)
If everyone were adults, that might not be a bad plan. Sweden in winter (a swede all but founded the winter games) and Greece in summer.
You could still have different countries|
Posted by: rWVen on Feb-12-14 12:53 PM (EST)
host the games. That way we wouldn't miss out seeing those lovely Jingoistic Opening Ceremonies!
Posted by: slushpaddler on Feb-12-14 3:07 PM (EST)
...and those other countries can pay for those ridiculous ceremonies.
operationally atlanta was a disaster|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Feb-12-14 10:09 AM (EST)
Maybe true but it's very impressive|
Posted by: converse on Feb-12-14 11:37 AM (EST)
that Atlanta's Olympic development committee raised and spent almost $2 billion without a dime of tax payer funding.
$609 million in federal funding|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Feb-12-14 12:05 PM (EST)
Posted by: radiomix on Feb-12-14 12:58 PM (EST)
Parlay the world busiest airport.
You are correct yet|
Posted by: converse on Feb-12-14 1:12 PM (EST)
Posted by: radiomix on Feb-12-14 1:33 PM (EST)
Paddling venue still gets used and has in fact grown.
not from what I hear|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Feb-12-14 3:11 PM (EST)
I'm not commenting on the construction and re-use. I think the costs force a city into planning that out or else they pay the price. Any city worth it's salt would plan infrastructure to precede the olympics, and plan the two in concert to capture the best efficiency.
Posted by: radiomix on Feb-12-14 4:09 PM (EST)
London tried the level the bad part of town and redevelop plan. Hope it works.
London's not alone|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Feb-12-14 4:21 PM (EST)
Sydney also redeveloped a neglected area and it's worked out well for them. It would be silly not to realize the opportunity, it only comes along once if that.
we do it|
Posted by: radiomix on Feb-12-14 4:25 PM (EST)
All the time in America. Sports stadiums often level bad neighborhoods, interstates are great for that. The problem is just when everyone leaves.
so don't let them|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Feb-12-14 4:27 PM (EST)
Proper planning accounts for that.
Simply that's just not what I've heard|
Posted by: converse on Feb-12-14 8:57 PM (EST)
you're in denial|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Feb-13-14 10:18 AM (EST)
Good gosh man, as I stated simply it's|
Posted by: converse on Feb-13-14 11:57 AM (EST)
also important to note|
Posted by: radiomix on Feb-13-14 12:27 PM (EST)
Sydney did very well|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Feb-12-14 10:11 AM (EST)
Proper planning prevents poor performance.
Since Sochi is a resort area, maybe|
Posted by: string on Feb-12-14 12:16 PM (EST)
it will do better.
If Putin does some ethnic cleansing|
Posted by: yakfisher on Feb-12-14 3:08 PM (EST)
of the Muslim population down there it might, but unless he wipes them all out I can't see Americans and Europeans vacationing in Sochi.
yes, that worked out so well last time|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Feb-12-14 3:14 PM (EST)
Posted by: yakfisher on Feb-12-14 4:44 PM (EST)
Putin basically had to turn Sochi into a fortress to host the games there because of the Muslim terrorists that vowed to blow it up. Unless Putin either cleans up the neighborhood or is willing to keep half the Russian Army stationed down down there permanently to protect the foreign tourists that he hopes will flock there, I just can't see Sochi ever becoming a vacation destination.
Posted by: slushpaddler on Feb-12-14 4:49 PM (EST)
Soviet bloc countries are still paying the consequences of trying to commit genocide.
Sydney may have pulled it off well|
Posted by: converse on Feb-13-14 12:03 PM (EST)
but the debt incurred and the lack of use of the infrastructure has left citizens with a very bitter aftertaste.