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  • Rio's $700 million village was turned into luxury condos now reportedly 'shuttered' and 93% vacant

    07/19/2017 1:38:10 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 58 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 19, 2017 | by Scott Davis
    The Rio Olympics continue to be an example of why more and more cities are wary of hosting the games. Rio 2016 has essentially become a financial disaster, with the games costing $13 billion in a mix of private and public money, according to a June Associated Press report. Much of the Olympic infrastructure is abandoned or underused, including the $700 million athletes village that was supposed to be turned into luxury condos once the games were over. Stephen Wade of the Associated Press recently reported via Twitter that the athletes village was "shuttered" and that only 7% of the...
  • A Bankrupt City In A Bankrupt State Lands The Olympic Games

    07/13/2017 5:34:47 AM PDT · by EyesOfTX · 32 replies
    DB Daily Update ^ | 7.13.2017 | David Blackmon
    Take Paris first: Paris is sadly a city plagued by frequent, major Islamic terrorist attacks, and the city’s government has shown zero sign of being willing to do anything effective to truly resolve the issue. Worse, France’s open borders policy virtually ensures that this problem is going to only become worse as the years go on, as more and more immigrants enter the country from Islamic nations. Hosting an Olympic Games will require Paris to become a literal police state for a minimum of six weeks, and the cost of infrastructure and security-mandated improvements will be astronomical. Los Angeles may...
  • Working hard to get the Olympics for the United States (L.A.). Stay tuned!

    07/11/2017 4:49:32 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 39 replies
    Real Donald Trump twitter account ^ | July 11, 2017 | President Donald Trump
    Working hard to get the Olympics for the United States (L.A.). Stay tuned!
  • 79 Years Young and Looking Great: Happy Birthday, Billy Mills

    07/01/2017 2:28:01 PM PDT · by righttackle44 · 14 replies
    Indian Country Today ^ | June 30, 2017 | Vincent Schilling
    In 1964, at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Billy Mills, an Oglala Lakota, prepared to run the 10,000 meter race in hopes of winning an Olympic gold medal. Today, over five decades later, he is celebrating his 79th birthday.
  • Santa Richards Ross:Every Female Athlete I Know Has Had an Abortion

    06/13/2017 5:13:19 AM PDT · by ZagFan · 39 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 6-12-2017 | Stewart Paterson
    A double-gold Olympic medalist claims every female track-and-field athlete she knows has had an abortion. The Jamaican-American athlete revealed in her new book that she herself had an abortion - just one day before leaving for the Beijing Games in the summer of 2008.
  • Abortion Almost Destroyed Her Until She Found Forgiveness in Christ: “It’s a Scarlet Letter...

    06/11/2017 8:54:01 AM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    Life News ^ | June 7, 2017 | Janet Morana
    FULL TITLE: Abortion Almost Destroyed Her Until She Found Forgiveness in Christ: “It’s a Scarlet Letter I Never Thought I’d Wear” It’s not every day that the truth about abortion is revealed in the pages of People magazine so it’s worth taking note when it happens. Using excerpts from her memoir, Chasing Grace: What the Quarter Mile Has Taught Me About God and Life People reported that Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross had an abortion a day before flying to Beijing for the 2008 Olympics. The excerpts make it very clear that the abortion decision is one she and her...
  • Rio's example: Why no city should bid to host the Olympics

    05/25/2017 6:40:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Yahoo ^ | May 24, 2017 | Dan Wetzel
    There were 27 world records set at the Rio Olympics last year – from swimming to weightlifting, archery to cycling. These were as thrilling as they were expected. “Citius, Altius, Fortius,” is the Olympic model after all – Latin for “Faster, Higher, Stronger.” Now comes perhaps the most enduring world record of the Games: Just seven months after the torch was doused, the host country is already acknowledging the entire operation was a terrible, perhaps criminal idea. It has left them debt-ridden and without a clue what to do with already decaying facilities.
  • US bobsledder Steven Holcomb, 37, found dead

    05/06/2017 3:57:22 PM PDT · by Yossarian · 8 replies
    ABC News / AP ^ | 5/6/2017 | Tim Reynolds
    Steven Holcomb, the longtime U.S. bobsledding star who drove to three Olympic medals after beating a disease that nearly robbed him of his eyesight, was found dead in Lake Placid, New York, on Saturday. He was 37. The U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Bobsled and Skeleton announced the death of the 2010 gold medalist, the cause of which remains unclear. However, officials said there were no indications of foul play after a preliminary investigation at the Olympic Training Center where Holcomb was found in his room. An autopsy was tentatively scheduled for Sunday. The native of Park City, Utah, was...
  • The Olympics will FINALLY be broadcast live as NBC announces next year's Winter [tr]

    03/29/2017 6:47:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    AFP ^ | March 29, 2017 | Staff
    NBC will broadcast the Olympics live across all US time zones for the first time, the TV network has announced. Up until now, the Olympics has not been shown live in Pacific and Mountain time zones which has annoyed sports fans in those regions. NBC announced that next year's Winter Olympics will be the first not to have a tape-delay. The network's move to coast-to-coast live coverage is an acknowledgement that in the age of social media and other online platforms, holding back results and highlights no longer makes sense.
  • After the crowds have gone: Haunting images show dilapidated Olympic venues.......

    03/19/2017 8:07:52 AM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    daily mail uk ^ | march 19, 2017 | Isobel Frodsham For Mailonline
    FULL TITLE: After the crowds have gone: Haunting images show dilapidated Olympic venues in Rio just SEVEN MONTHS after the event - despite promises the games would provide a lasting legacy A drained pool filled with mud, crumbled roads and overgrown plots of grass. These eerie images aren't from a post-apocalyptic movie, they are photographs of several Olympic venues in Rio - just seven months after the games finished. Despite promises from the organisers that the billion-dollar site would be used to benefit Brazil's citizens, it remains deserted and dilapidated. The country remains in a deep economic and political crisis...
  • Haunting images show dilapidated Olympic venues in Rio just SEVEN MONTHS after the [tr]

    03/19/2017 5:21:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 19, 2017 | Isobel Frodsham
    A drained pool filled with mud, crumbled roads and overgrown plots of grass. These eerie images aren't from a post-apocalyptic movie, they are photographs of several Olympic venues in Rio - just seven months after the games finished. Despite promises from the organisers that the billion-dollar site would be used to benefit Brazil's citizens, it remains deserted and dilapidated. The country remains in a deep economic and political crisis following the games and critics believe the money spent on the games could have been better spent on developing infrastructure in the country. 
  • Rio’s Olympic Park is already an $800 million ghost town

    02/23/2017 12:20:48 PM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    Vice News ^ | February 22, 2017 | Clare Richardson
    The behemoth sports stadiums on the sprawling grounds of Rio’s Olympic Park were built to impress international visitors for the 2016 Summer Games. Today, they are eerily deserted. The space reopened as a public recreation area in January, but aside from the occasional security guard, there is hardly a human in sight at the 2.5 billion real ($800 million), 300-acre complex.
  • ANTIMEDIA.ORG: Billions Wasted: Brazilian 2016 Olympics Structures Lay in Ruins

    02/22/2017 3:30:18 AM PST · by dynachrome · 14 replies
    http://theantimedia.org/billions-wasted-olympics-brazil-ruins/ ^ | February 21, 2017 at 11:11 am Written by Alice Salles
    The 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil cost Brazilian taxpayers $4.6 billion, conservative estimates show. But once related expenses covered by the Brazilian government are factored in, the overall costs hit the $12 billion mark, which equates to about 0.72 percent of Brazil’s national budget. Prior to the Olympics, however, the Brazilian government had already spent BR$39.5 billion on infrastructure, or about $12 billion. Stadiums and urban projects designed to ensure the country was ready for the sports event were built, but aside from the events scheduled for 2014 and 2016, there seemed to be little to no demand for such...
  • Olympic ghost town: Bills due, venues empty after Rio Games

    02/11/2017 7:12:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    AP ^ | February 10, 2017 | Stephen Wade
    Rio de Janeiro pulled off last year's Olympics, keeping crime at bay and fending off dire forecasts of corruption, environmental degradation, and cost overruns. Six months after South America's first games, the floodgates have burst.
  • The 'Rio boom' that did not happen: Why do Cities Host the Olympics?

    12/16/2016 7:17:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/16/2016 | Silvio Canto Jr.
    Why do cities host Olympic games?    The official answer is always "pride" or to project "modernity" as was the case of Mexico in 1968. Back then, Mexico used the Olympics to project a modern image with skyscrapers, expressways, and a growing middle class. The unofficial, or the other answer, is that they are hoping to create an economic boom. In Brazil's case, there is a great rivalry between Rio and Sao Paulo. We understand that kind of rivalry in Texas thanks to Dallas vs. Houston. So far, the boom did not happen in Rio after the 2016 Olympics. Let's check with...
  • Diving Legend Sammy Lee Passes Away At Age 96

    12/03/2016 3:12:55 PM PST · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    Swimming World ^ | December 3, 2016
    USA Olympic legend Dr. Sammy Lee – 1948 and 1952 Olympic Gold medalist – passed away on December 2nd, at age of 96, due to pneumonia. He was a true giant in the sport of Olympic diving... At the 1948 Summer Games in London, England, Lee earned a bronze medal in the 3-meter springboard and a gold medal in 10-meter platform diving events. Four years later, he won the gold medal in the 10-meter platform competition at Helsinki, Finland...
  • Three months after the Olympics, Rio de Janeiro is broke

    12/01/2016 4:11:16 PM PST · by SMGFan · 33 replies
    MSN PRI ^ | December 1, 2016
    Three months since the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics, the “marvelous city,” as it’s known, is unraveling.  The state of Rio is broke. It hasn’t been able to pay its bills since long before the games. A federal bailout kept police on the streets and hospitals open while Olympics tourists were in town. But now the money has dried up, and public employees aren’t being paid.
  • Rio Olympic golf course eerily empty three months on

    11/25/2016 5:40:03 PM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    AFP ^ | November 24, 2016 | Sebastian Smith
    Just three months after the Olympics ended, Rio's beautiful but controversial golf course is eerily quiet with birds' squawks far louder than the whack of balls. Built specially for the 2016 Games on what had been a nature reserve next to the beach in western Rio, the links-style course was meant to convert Brazilians to a sport they barely know and put the city on the international golfing map. But the $19 million facility created by star US designer Gil Hanse risks turning into a white elephant instead. A payment dispute could even lead to the imminent exit of the...
  • Obama: U.S. Has Advantage Over China in Olympics Due to ‘Bigger Genetic Pool’

    11/23/2016 5:08:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 67 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 23, 2016 | 11:39 AM EST | CNSNews.com Staff
    President Barack Obama said at town hall meeting at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru in Lima, Peru, on Sunday that one of the reasons the United States has an advantage over China in the Olympics is because the U.S. has “a bigger genetic pool than anybody.” “You notice that the United States did really well in the Olympics,” Obama said, according to the transcript of the town hall posted by the White House. […] … “(Y)ou look at a U.S. Olympic team and there are all kinds of different sorts of people of all different shapes and sizes,” Obama...
  • Who Wants to Host an Olympic Games? Anyone?

    09/22/2016 11:47:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 21, 2016 | Matthew Futterman
    The bidding process for the Olympics is following an eerily familiar pattern that should make the folks at the International Olympic Committee headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland choke on their afternoon chocolates. It goes something like this: • World capital city floats idea of an Olympic bid. • IOC welcomes interest.