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Old 07-26-2016, 10:56 AM   #1
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Rio 2016 Olympics

10 days to go. Time to start a thread, right?
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Old 07-26-2016, 11:07 AM   #2
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First time (ever, I think) I've been less than excited for an Olympics, unfortunately.
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Why is that?
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I want to watch just to see if the dire warnings about the state of Rio come to fruition.

But knowing NBC, they'll just filter out all the bad stuff and air 18 more sob stories about athletes anyway.
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I can't be more excited. I won't let all the bs bring me down.

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Rio 2016 Olympics

I'm excited. I need something to get through to football season.

Rio has arguably the most beautiful natural setting of any city in the world
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As a Brazilian, I feel both (i) annoyed that the preparations didn't go so well; (ii) that it cost an enormous amount of money in a time where the city/state/country is in a bad economic crisis; and (iii) at the overreaction/selfishness of people elsewhere that the games may not be perfect.

Look, if you really want the Olympics to be more than a "rich boys' club", you have to accept the fact that it may at times take place in locations where infrastructure is not great. And as much as I understand the frustration of some of the athletes/delegations that the Olympic village has problems, some of the complaints go a bit overboard. I was home for the World Cup a couple of years ago - a much larger event, I believe - and guess what, it was a great experience. Yes, there were hiccups and problems with facilities/infrastructure, but me and my (non-Brazilian) friends all had the time of our life.

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Yup. I hope when the games start, people will start to appreciate the good things.


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I'm really ticked off at the way people have behaved as well, all of these athletes not attending. This is supposed to be a nice unifying fun thing. And yeah , ideally it helps the economy of countries that couldn't just easily host this, like the US.

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I can't blame anyone who doesn't attend due to Zika fears.
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Rio 2016 Olympics

I don't blame anyone, really, but the likelihood that you get Zika in Rio in August is really, really low. Sure, it's possible. You are much more likely to get mugged/killed in a traffic accident/shot.

I need to check the data, but you may be more likely to get Zika in Miami in August.
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This is supposed to be a nice unifying fun thing. And yeah , ideally it helps the economy of countries that couldn't just easily host this, like the US.
I don't mean to be a dick here, but it doesn't help the economy to host the Olympics. Quite the opposite, actually. The temporary bump in tourism does not off-set the mammoth upfront costs, not to mention the interest a country like Brazil will have to swallow on a bunch of loans and the long-term losses involved with prioritizing one-off sporting arenas instead of badly needed infrastructure elsewhere.
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Old 07-26-2016, 09:23 PM   #12
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Yeah. The Olympics (as any other major event like this) are an unmitigated disaster economically. I think host cities are starting to finally realize this, and you don't get the same level of competition for hosting these events as you did in the past.
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Well...not always. Salt Lake City's 2002 Olympics were very profitable. Made about $100 M in profit, of which 72 M was set aside as an endowment to maintain facilities which continues today.

Its also estimated that the 2002 Olympics added $1.25 Billion in direct economic impact to Utah and 35,000 job years of employment.

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I realize summer and winter is not a fair comparison....not to mention we already had most of the facilities in place to host most of the events.

I hope the Rio Olympics go smoothly. I remember the community pride here to try and put on a successful Olympics for the world and I'm sure Brazilians feel the same way
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pretty sure vancouver at least broke even too. not sure if it's doable with a summer games.

i remember the month or so before sochi how the sky was falling in the media over the preparations. as soon as the games actually started, who was thinking about how much the new freeway cost?
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I kind of feel like the Olympics have less and less relevance in the grand scheme of sport, but I hope that once they kick off I'll get swept up in it like I always have.

And well said Gump. Must be a bit crushing as a Brazilian to hear people from the world over thinking they're all experts.
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