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Published February 25, 2014
NO BROTHERLY LOVE LOST? In Philadelphia, John Smallwood writes under the header, "Hassle Of Hosting Olympics Outweighs The Glory Of Hosting Games." The issue is "not that Philadelphia could not pull it off," but that the Olympic Games "simply are not worth the amount of costs, resources and inconveniences that come with them." Philadelphia "would not have the massive infrastructure cost other Olympic cities have incurred, but building Olympic-level venues would still cost billions." There would be "thousands of Olympic tourists, but the cost of security and the daily interruptions to everyday life would be enormous." Philadelphia is "already a world-known city, not some little hamlet looking for recognition" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 2/25).
'18 AND LIFE: In N.Y., Christopher Clarey asks, "Where do the Winter Games go from here in a world of climate instability, declining winter sports participation numbers in the West and spiraling costs and scale for Olympic organizers?" The "good news" is that Pyeongchang "does not need to build everything from scratch" for the '18 Winter Games, as it "already has five of its 13 venues, and a different plan." As has "become fashionable," the '18 Games will be "a two-cluster affair: with the indoor ice sports in the city and the snow and sliding sports in the mountains." But the difference in Pyeongchang’s case is that "the mountain sites are taking the lead in symbolic and practical terms." Indoor ice sports in '18 "will be in Gangneung, a northeastern coastal city of about 230,000." However, the "focal point in terms of identity will be Pyeongchang, the more lightly populated nearby county where the mountain sites will be based and which will also be the site of the opening and closing ceremonies." Pyeongchang's "centralized attempt to put the accent on atmosphere" is a "hopeful prospect." POCOG President Kim Jin-sun said that he "expects full venues because of local enthusiasm and relatively easy access from Seoul’s capital" (N.Y. TIMES, 2/25).