Here today, gone tomorrow: the sobering Olympic realities of Athens and Beijing

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  • Uncle Charles Where freedom and liberty reign, utah
    Aug. 6, 2012 6:15 p.m.

    Bob, we get it. You didn't build that! What else do you have to offer the discussion, oops, I mean your bashing of Romney?

    Without Romney's experience I highly doubt there would have been a surplus after the Games. You know, those endowments to keep the facilities working in top notch condition and available for use for everyone.

    Thank goodness the government built the roads and bridges!

  • Bob Aagard holladay, ut
    Aug. 6, 2012 4:30 p.m.

    Usable venues is NOT a Mitt Romney success story. Many of the venues were built between when we lost the 1998 games and were awarded the 2002 games. And, the sheer number of venues needed is smaller for a winter Olympics vs a Summer games. Our speedskating oval is the training HQ for the US Speedskating team. Before they moved to SLC, they trained in Calgary, because there was not a sufficient ice sheet in the US. Out luge track is one of only 3 in the country, and the one in the best condition. Other than these venues, every other venue has other uses they were originally built for. But, they were built before Mitt came to town, and their future was planned before Mitt came to town.

  • jpjazz Sandy, UT
    Aug. 6, 2012 3:26 p.m.

    Someone will have to remind me of the "Deep Recession" experienced by Salt Lake City after 2002.

  • libertarian Cedar City, UT
    Aug. 6, 2012 1:43 p.m.

    Maybe it's time to do away with the "Host Country" model and spread the various events to venues that already exist in places that are already accustomed and equipped to handle the various events. Every year, we have to "re-invent" all the wheels to make this thing happen when suitable places already exist in numerous places. Just a thought.

  • Shimlau SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Aug. 6, 2012 1:41 p.m.

    He bailed out the SLC olympics, and the venues are still making money for the state! The man might know what he's doing.

  • Colorado Reader Littleton, CO
    Aug. 6, 2012 1:14 p.m.

    Another Mitt Romney success story! Go Mitt!!!