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SBD Global/April 4, 2014/Olympics
IIHF, NHL Yet To Hold Talks About Participation Of Players At 2018 PyeongChang Games
Published April 4, 2014
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BACK TO BASICS? The upcoming Winter Games will be the first to be staged at an actual ski resort town since ’92, when Albertville, France hosted the Olympics. On the heels of the Sochi Games, which featured spring-like temperatures, people are wondering if Winter Olympics will ever return to "real" winter sports destinations. Fasel said that both approaches, having Winter Games in mountain towns as well as in places with no winter sports connection, make sense. “Taking the Games to places like Sochi helps spur the local investments into infrastructure and tourism. Sochi will now serve as an Olympic training center, something Russia has not had before,” he said. “Equally, the Olympics are a great opportunity for already well-established winter sports destinations to improve facilities and infrastructure. It also helps to reignite the local enthusiasm and love for sport.” Fasel, a strong supporter of Swiss ski resorts St. Moritz and Davos’ efforts to launch a bid for ’22, is going to pay close attention to the success or failure of the 2018 PyeongChang Games as it will impact future chances of mountain towns to host Winter Olympics.