Wednesday, August 23, 2006

3 decades ago 1976 winter olympics blocked by voters. They feared excessive growth and environmental damage. Lately the Metro Denver Sports Commision has been pushing to bring in smaller "major" sporting events as part of a push to bid for the winter olympics in 2018. Naturally the plans are not very concrete at this point. One thing we do know is that no modern Games have made money when all costs, including public money and land transfers, infrastructure costs, and security are factored in. Knowing this I was still suprised to hear the commission's chairman come out and say that ther is no linkage between growth and hosting of the Olympics. If Denver isn't going to have any economic gains form hosting the Olympics, why spend billions to do it?

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