More expensive than Summer Games
The Winter Olympics are also more expensive per participant than the Summer Olympics due to very specific circumstances. For example, snow sports take place in mountainous areas that are difficult to reach, so logistics costs quickly increase. The construction of a bobsleigh or ski jump trail is much more difficult to pay for afterwards than a swimming pool or football stadium. In addition, these sites are often at great distances from urban areas, so additional connections and facilities must be established.
These additional costs were often paid for in increased taxes, as residents of the Albertville district noticed after the 1992 Winter Games. The village of Brides-les-Bains, where most of the athletes were stationed, had a debt of 72 million guilders. , with an annual budget of five million. And local taxes for local residents soon doubled.
That’s 72 million guilders from 1992 which is equivalent to 50 million euros in our time. If the residents of Albertville still had the four Vincent van Gogh paintings lying around, they could finally pay.
Photo Caption: Olympic bonfire in the futuristic designed Olympic Park during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Photo: WR studio / Shutterstock.com
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