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Unformatted text preview: Display until Nov 23 $4.95 SHARPFORMEN.COM-00,!#&55&3!t!'&&-!#&55&3!t!,/08!.03& NOVEMBER 2009 MICHAEL ON HOCKEY, MUSIC AND MEETING WOMEN BUBL 56 GROOMING SOLUTIONS FOR EVERY MAN STARRING: JEREMY PIVEN JACKIE CHAN AND JAMES FRANCO CBC SEXPOTS LET ERIN KARPLUK AND CINDY BUSBY ENTERTAIN YOU STAY WARM LOOK COOL 22!/&8!45:-&4!'03! '"--!"/%!8*/5&3 VANCOUVER OLYMPICS CULTURAL BOON OR FINANCIAL DISASTER? Despite the hype, the development and the promises of putting Vancouver on the world stage, the real legacy of the 2010 games in Vancouver may be an Olympic-sized debt for Canadians. By Todd Coyne The Cost of the Games PHOTO: STUART CLARKE/REX FEATURES 52 Sharp November 2009 SHARPFORMEN.COM Five years ago, the people of Greece shelled out over $15 billion to bring the world to Athens for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in what is now considered the most egregious abuse of public money in Olympic history. e legacy of Athensevery Olympics has onewas supposed to be the modernization of the citys transportation infrastructure and the integration of Greek society into a transforming European community. But never before had a nations Olympic dream been so cruelly turned on its head as in Athens, the very birthplace of the modern Olympicsand of tragedy. Today, it is reported that all but one of Athenss 22 Olympic venues lie derelict and unused since the summer of 2004. Squatters camps and roving security guards are the only signs of life among the barren gravel lots of the Athens Olympic Complex, where graffiti-covered cardboard signs still hang, directing one-time Olympic spectators to events at the diving well and velodrome. Many of these now-boarded-up facilities were open for mere days, but the millions of dollars owed for their construction will take decades to pay off. From these 21st century ruins in the heart of the Greek metropolis, one cant help but wonder how a catastrophe like this could have happened. Instead of the national dream of civic revitalization, kick-started by the global celebration of the Olympic homecoming, the country was plunged ever deeper into crippling debt and further afield from anything resembling European modernization. So what makes the Greeks such a gullible lot? Why are we, as Canadians, so lucky to be immune from the worry of suffering such hardships and indignities after Vancouver 2010? e answer to that is complicatedand not the least bit reassuring. Athens was doomed from the start, says Dr. Helen Jefferson Lenskyj, a University of Toronto professor and author of several books on the modern Olympics. And there were some internal rifts, as there always are, as the IOC [International Olympic Committee], the bureaucrats and the developers do their infighting. But the biggest issue for VANOC [Vancouver Organizing Committee] is certainly the money, and they should be scared because theyre really screwing up royally in the money department. With Vancouver 2010 and its attendant theme of...
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This note was uploaded on 10/19/2011 for the course ECON 101/102 taught by Professor Gateman&neary during the Spring '09 term at The University of British Columbia.

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