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Olympics Past

With only one more weekend of Olympic games left, I would imagine that the city of Vancouver must be getting ready for a nice quiet spring. What does the future hold for the sites of the Vancouver games? As long as they can get a little more snow, I would guess that the city will continue to thrive, attracting all kinds of visitors, many for the outdoor adventure opportunities. Let’s take a look at how some other cities have fared after hosting the Olympics.

Barcelona, Spain- Summer 1992
After hosting the Summer Games in 1992, Barcelona showed the world why it’s been considered one of the top travel destinations for Europeans for years. Viewers were impressed by the beauty of Spain’s Mediterranean coastline, and have been flocking to beach side cities like Valencia and Tarragona ever since. Spanish tourism was the big winner, as more and more people travel to Spain each year.

Albertville, France- Winter 1992
The story of Albertvile is interesting. After winning the Olympic bid against Sofia, Bulgaria, Albertville met the challenge of hosting the Games. It was the last Olympic Games where speed skating events were held outdoors. While many of the areas that were dedicated to sports remain active, several locations have transformed back into more industrial zones. Would you like to travel to France, do you think this would be on your list of places to visit?

Lillehammer, Norway- Winter 1994
With skis being practically issued to each citizen at birth, Norway embraced the Olympic spirit like no other had done before, prompting the current IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch to say that he felt that it had been the best winter games ever. The host nation won more medals than any other country that year. Nowadays, the areas where these events took place are major attractions, like the ski jump at Lysgårdsbakkene.

Of all the cities that have hosted the games, where would you want to travel to? Athens? Sydney? Los Angeles? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

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