The Salt Lake Olympics with all of its problems cost 2.5 billion dollars. That
includes the funding for the freeway upgrades and Trax assistance. Most of the
Olympic structures are still in use. Sochi cost 40 BILLION dollars. Enough
i have traveled to several cities within russia, primarily within a 100 mile
radius of moscow. i was totally amazed at the poor quality of construction of
ANYTHING!. i couldn't believe that they would qualify as a first world
country? most buildings were constructed from concrete/cinder blocks. very
little wood framing. the wealthier people would just plaster over the concrete
then wall paper. very depressing.these building, though costing
millions, won't hold up. but i do wonder how much money the Olympics brings
in.as a side note, their cars were equally deplorable. very poorly
made.little "babushakas" sitting on the corners of roads
selling little handfuls of sunflower seeds.so very sad.
How did Sochi/Russia get these games? This article is an eye opener.
Sochi also suffers from the Russian Potempkin syndrome. Potempkin led an advance
party before Katherine made her way south to Yalta. She wanted to see her people
and how they lived. So Potempkin build facades along the way of bright happy
homes with joyful peasants -- Potempkin Villages.Nikita Krushchev
did the same thing between the airport and downtown -- built a whole bunch of
fresh apartment buildings to bamboozel the visiting, gullible diplomats visiting
Russia in the early 60's. They were falling apart within months of
construction. 5 stories -- no elevators. Whatever is new in Sochi is
artificially created and will not hold up or be needed when the tourists leave
-- and tourists will NOT flock to Sochi after the Olympics. It's a 30+
train ride from Moscow! The SLOC games were a masterpiece of
corrections and forward progression. Ask any officials and they list it as a
model action. Today we still reap far greater benefits from the construction
than any small problems the doomsayers love to spew.
The Olympic games are a scam. The host cities almost always end up in debt while
the Olympic organization & committee reap huge profits.
Some folks need to get out before spouting off. SLC is a dream, a paradise and
heaven compared to any of the 30+ cities I've been to in the USSR and now
most of the independent Republics. Sochi is like most. It was ruined
by 72 years of communism. Go into nearly any kavartera (apartment building) in
Moscow in 1990 and you smelled and saw the same things -- very nice apartments
cared by the "owner" but the outside of the building and the foyer and
stairs and elevators were owned by everyone (the state) and they smelled of
urine, had trash everywhere and had rarely been cleaned.Centralized
planning breeds such nonsense. Since the fall, the cleptocrcy took over with
massive corruption and loosening of freedoms was ever so slight. Ownership of
land is still virtually non-existent. Sochi is just what you can expect from
central government domination. Welcome to the Brave New World and your latest
tour guide is a tepid Obama.
That's quite a nice leap you took there from Huntington, MD. You know what
they say about assumptions, right? No biggie, like all, you would be welcomed
back by us.I too love SLC and complained nothing of it. Only
complaining about the Olympics and the fiasco that was the SLOC.
Must be tough wtfhinutah living in South Salt Lake, where just like Sochi,
"The residents ... have lived for years with no running water or sewage
system." I wonder if you spend a few years in Sochi's slums if you
would then yearn to come back to comfortable, peaceful, prosperous Salt Lake,
even it its worst areas? I grew up in SLC and love coming back to visit a few
times a year. It is beautiful, clean and prosperous compared to so many other
places (I.e., Detroit). I am amazed when I hear of people living right in the
middle of such a great city and can only complain about it.
Oh no, say it ain't so Wally! If you want coruption on a world stage, look
no further that the Salt Lake Winter Olympics.Just like Sochi, the
Salt Lake Olympics did nothing to aleviate our homelessness, our slums, or have
a positive effect on our poor and down-trodden. Why should it be any different
It's a shame that these centrally-controlled nations have to put up such a
farce to appear successful. They have to in order to save face and hold
influence; if Sochi isn't a bristling new modern super-city for the
Olympics, it looks bad on Putin and, by extension, all of Russia, because of the
nature and claims of communist control.If you go some place in the
United States, like say, Chicago, it is only a discredit to the city, county,
and their local policies; it's not something the central government can (or
should) help, and because of that, it doesn't (or shouldn't) directly
impact or represent other places in the United States that succeed and are
socially and economically healthy.
Not so much different than our own corrupt and greedy government...let's
use the money for other things and do what's not best for our people. Do
we spend money to help our own people or do we use that money to try and impress
the rest of the world? Does this sound familiar or what?!