August 15, 2016

After the Ball Is Over: Past Olympic Sites Today

Beach Volleyball Venue, Beijing, 2008 Summer Olympics

Main Swimming Pool, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics

Olympic Sports Complex, Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics

Recently, the average cost of hosting the Olympics exceeded $5 Billion with Rio coming in at =/-$11.6 billion. Pricey, but what's money when it comes to a really fabulous venue for synchronized swimming? Images from Imgur

It wasn't always just Corinthian sports followed by urban decay, From 1912 to 1948, the Olympics awarded medals to sculptors, architects, writers and musicians, too.

“William Butler Yeats’ brother Jack won a silver medal in the 1924 Olympics... in painting,” the commenter wrote. And sure enough, a look at Olympics results history shows that Jack B. Yeats placed second in the 1924 painting event for his work “The Liffey Swim.”


Posted by gerardvanderleun at August 15, 2016 9:16 AM
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Perhaps the ruins of Milwaukee will be preserved as a monument to the 2016 Negrolympics.

Posted by: Rob De Witt at August 15, 2016 10:42 AM

Where is commenter and friend ghostsniper when we need him.

Posted by: Terry at August 15, 2016 2:40 PM

I'd be cool with an Olympic event for painters, as long as John Cleese did the play by play.

Posted by: Casey Klahn at August 15, 2016 4:38 PM

And they still haven't implemented my suggestion of a minimum cup size for women's beach volley ball.

Posted by: Bill Jone at August 15, 2016 8:18 PM