sarajevo winter olympics

Ski Jump Tower, Cortina D'ampezzo, Italy, 1956 Winter Olympics Venue

Bobsleigh Track, Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics

Bobsled Track, Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics Venue

Swimming Pool, Berlin, 1936 Summer Olympics Venue

Olympic Village, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

Olympic Sports Complex, Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics Venue

Ski Jumping Tower, Grenoble, France, 1968 Winter Olympic Games

Beach Volleyball Venue, Beijing, 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Canoe And Kayak Slalom Center, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

Main Swimming Pool, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

Its almost as if billions of dollars into multiple one-time use arenas is a bad investment. But the truly bad investment is letting them fall to ruin rather than turn them into public venues for the athletic betterment of your population afterwards.  Canada, Atlanta, London, Salt Lake City, Barcelona all did a good job of re-using them, other places, they tore them down or hid them.

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March 7th 1875: Ravel born

On this day in 1875 the French composer Maurice Ravel was born in Ciboure, France, not far from the Spanish border. He was born into a Catholic household to a Swiss father and Basque mother. Ravel’s father imparted onto his son his love of music, which shaped the young Maurice’s future. His musical talents led him to the Paris Conservatoire, and whilst he was not academically successful there he was acknowledged as a gifted musician. Ravel went on to enjoy an illustrious career as a composer, especially known for his piano pieces like ‘Gaspard de la nuit’ and 'Jeux d'eau’. However Ravel’s most famous work is probably the orchestral piece 'Boléro’ which premiered in 1928. Always a Ravel classic, this piece especially rose to prominence after it was used by British ice dancers Torvill and Dean for their gold medal winning performance at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympic Games. Maurice Ravel died after undergoing brain surgery on December 28th 1937, aged 62.

Kayak And Canoeing Venue, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

Barricades Outside The Stadium, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

Olympic Village, Berlin, 1936 Summer Olympics Venue

Olympic Flag Posts, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

Ski Jump, Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics Venue

Its almost as if billions of dollars into multiple one-time use arenas is a bad investment. But the truly bad investment is letting them fall to ruin rather than turn them into public venues for the athletic betterment of your population afterwards.  Canada, Atlanta, London, Salt Lake City, Barcelona all did a good job of re-using them, other places, they tore them down or hid them.