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Looks like the Olympics isn't the boon to business Salt Lake City expected it to be. It might be convenient to blame the terror scare, but the same thing happened to Atlanta a while back. Businesses hired extra workers and spent money to prepare for crowds that never showed. Is all the money to be made taken in through corporate sponsorship deals and television? How have other cities fared financially during and after past Olympics?
posted by troybob on Feb 14, 2002 - 19 comments

Colorado real winner of Games

Colorado real winner of Games Besides possible event fixing or the exhaustion of SLOC's 400,000 hot dog supply on DAY 5, what other Olympic donnybrook might be worth mentioning? This will probably not seem interesting to anyone outside of Utah or Colorado, but Denver Post columnist Woody Paige wrote an inflammatory column that has many Utahns, uh, losing their religion.

(You'll note that the link isn't to the Denver Post website -- that's because they yanked the Feb. 12 column from their site earlier today, without comment. A mailto link was posted on their splash page for complaints about the article, but even that's gone now.)

Talk about sour grapes.

I suppose that if the games are ever held in Tel Aviv, Woody will fill his column with references to "funny" Jewish apparel, hair styles, dietary habits, or worse.

FWIW, Barry Newman's column in today's Wall Street Journal was a lot more balanced . Sorry, no link -- subscibers only :(
posted by Big Dave on Feb 13, 2002 - 13 comments

The 2002 Olympics have some unintended consequences for Salt Lake City:

"Along the Wasatch Front, police say they have seen an influx of 'circuit girls' -- migratory prostitutes who travel from city to city for high-profile events -- and their pimps, typically men who exploit hookers for a healthy cut of the cash"
posted by mr_crash_davis on Dec 9, 2001 - 16 comments

Salt Lake City,

Salt Lake City, host of the 2002 Winter Olympics, received a surprise when IOC member Gerhard Heiberg suggested maybe the 2002 games shouldn't go on as planned. He later retracted his remarks, but I think he made a valid point. Should a country be hosting the Olympics while at war?
posted by mr_crash_davis on Oct 24, 2001 - 10 comments

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