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As much as I like watching the Winter Olympics on TV, it is hard to justify the cost of building the numerous facilities required for sports that few watch and even fewer have ever even tried.
While we have plenty of facilities for skiing and figure skating and hockey, when was the last time you went with your friends to race bobsleds, luges, or skeleton sleds? Or to speed skate on a long- or short-track course? Probably less than 1 percent of Colorado residents know anyone who has even tried those events.
I have no idea the cost of building a sledding run or long track skating facility, but apparently there has been no great cry for either – it would be hard to believe that later maintenance of them would be justifiable.
Salt Lake City has those facilities, and to have winter Olympic facilities in neighboring states would greatly over supply the demand. The addition to the income of high-end hotels and restaurants is of little interest to the 95 percent of residents who would be expected to sacrifice school and highway needs to create ratings for television.The overall cost of the Olympics, both summer and winter has far exceeded the need for either – ask the last four hosts of Olympics whether it was worth it.
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