Originally Posted by newfydog
I would love to see the Olympics get a permanent home.....maybe something in Switzerland for winter. It would really allow for the development of good consistent facilities.
There has actually been some discussion within the IOC ranks to this effect, given the tremendous cost (and related graft - e.g. the Sochi venue construction inflation) of building the infrastructure for the Olympic Games.
While the summer games are a bit more easily moved around (every continent, save Antarctica, has places that can handle summer games), the winter games have a higher cost-to-athlete ratio, due to the specialized nature of the venues. Additionally, climate change will make quite a few recently-used winter games venues tough to use.
They could rotate between the following modern sites without much issue:
- Salt Lake City
- Albertville/Val d'Isere
If brought up to modern standards, you could also add:
- Cortina d'Ampezzo
- St. Moritz
- Squaw Valley (maybe - lots to rebuild: ice arenas, ski jumps, bobsled)
- Lake Placid (tho the DH and SG runs on Whiteface are really low-caliber compared to the courses at Sochi, SLC, or Whistler)
Otherwise, that's about it.
But the IOC realizes that there is a cost to holding the games, and a majority of the host cities are in a heavy amount of debt for years after hosting the games. Only Salt Lake City came out of their games in the black, due in no small part to the bed scandal and the internal bloodletting that happened when Romney took over.