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What becomes of an Olympic Venue When the Cowbells Stop Ringing?

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It was interesting to hear Scott Hamilton's recount of his time at Sarajevo and how gorgeous the area was prior to the wars that made the area look like a.......war zone. Then DSloan posted this article with photos about the area and .....WOW!

Haunting Photos of the Abandoned 1984 Olympics Facilities

 

Another article was published to share thoughts on some of the planning that goes into these facilities and how the countries who are building for it should plan for the future use. 

2004 Athens Olympics Venues Abandoned 

Don't miss the photos - Click here to see what the 2004 Athens Olympic venues look like today

 

I think Park City/SLC did it pretty well, with a draw for tourism to see the sites of the events.  I also think it served well because so many of the venus were set up in places that people will use. 

 

 

Thoughts?

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Photos of the Sarajevo site are haunting for sure, if not heartbreaking. To think of the horrors experienced in that place...very sad.

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There were a bunch of articles back around the 10-year mark on how well the facilities turned out for UT. In addition to the actual Olympic facilities, it got a bunch of other public projects completed, such as light rail and highway expansion. 

 

Unfortunately seems like a rare exception to the rule. 

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I took a tour of they olympic facilites in Park City and it's impressive to see, and even more impressive that the facilities are still used for training athletes for the olympics and other WC events, such as the bobsled track and the big ski jump. I seriously doubt that the sochi facilities will be kept as nice for so long. I like the idea on the Sochi thread about a more permenant or small list of revolving venues for winter olympics. The X-games have gone to that model, keeping the winter X-Games in Aspen since 2002.
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Based on a number of factors, I don't think Sochi fares well as an alpine venue after the games end.

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Sochi seems like it would make a great training facility for Russian winter sports teams.  Wonder what they use now?

 

Calgary has done a pretty good job of using their facilities too.  A lot of training much like Park City.  http://www.visitcalgary.com/things-to-do/arts-attraction/attractions/winsport%E2%80%99s-canada-olympic-park

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I can see them using the ski jump, bobsled and other indoor venues for training, if they can keep it all maintained. Like stranger said, it's looks like it's going to be rough to use the rest.
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There were a bunch of articles back around the 10-year mark on how well the facilities turned out for UT. In addition to the actual Olympic facilities, it got a bunch of other public projects completed, such as light rail and highway expansion. 

 

Unfortunately seems like a rare exception to the rule. 

When I was living in Michigan a friend of mine who worked at the Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau quit and moved to Park City to work with/for them on the tourist aspects of the Olympic venue's.  She is still there and has offered to give me a tour if I'm in the area.  

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