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Olympic Controversies

Mar 27, 2014Canadian, Money, Sports

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Do you think governments should spend so much money on the Olympics?


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José: I I too, um I think maybe it has something to do with the fact that the 2010 Olympics were in Vancouver in my hometown, but I think up to this point the Winter Olympics somehow appeal to me more and I could be completely wrong in this, but it somehow seemed to me that it conveyed a little bit more of the Olympic spirit more so than the Summer Olympics because of the way that, at least for me I I connect the Summer Olympics more with the controversies that surround the Olympics. (mm-hmm) Uh let me explain. The Summer Olympics seemed to me so much more of an extravagant thing (aha) which because of the number of sports and the higher number of countries that can participate (yeah) is is- makes the Summer Olympics what, two or three times bigger (yeah), but it seems to me that it there’s a lot more that sort of like sullies the Summer Olympics in terms of um, well you know, plainly the money controversies that come around it like um, what well okay the Sochi Olympics which just finished maybe about a month ago this year (yeah) the Sochi Olympics had incredible controversies about the money behind it. And um, the upcoming…

Alex: Yeah, $50 billion right?

José: I I, you know that is five times more than it cost to put on the Vancouver Olympics and apparently $10 billion of that was spent building a road.

Alex: It’s crazy isn’t it? (pth-ah, now) But I think that in Russia um, money was not spent *uh* proper means, right? Uh, I think (hmm) a lot of money went, went to uh line the pockets of certain people.

José: Ah, I think that’s clear I I think it’s it’s really obvious *and I* if you want to get down to the details, yes it’s you get into the problem of proving anything, but it’s pretty clear that spending $10 billion or sorry nearly $10 billion to build what was effectively like a 20 km road is just it’s just ridiculous and it’s not just this one. Um, uh, the uh, the upcoming Olympics (in Brazil?) in Brazil. All kinds of controversies about that. Have you heard about any of that?

Alex: Yeah, I don’t know too much about the preparations for the Brazil, uh, Olympics, but uh, the World Cup is (right right) is *coming* this year

José: This year 2014 yeah.

Alex: We’re we’re just less than a hundred days away from the opening of the World Cup.


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Harriston, Ontario


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  1. The one that impressed me the most at the Sochi Olympics was Yuzuru Hanyu, who won the gold medal only at the Sochi Olympics.
    He was nineteen years old at the time. From an early age, he had been aiming to compete in the next event of the Vancouver Olympics (Sochi Olympics). He had many trials, including disasters in his hometown, tough overseas training, and slander from other players’ fans, but he overcame them and showed them.
    In the short program “The Walk in Paris”, it achieved the highest score in the world at that time and the first time in history. However, in free skating’s Romeo and Juliet, he fell in a quad Salchow, and he failed to ice with a triple flip, and in an interview after the Olympics, he said, “I want to practice Salchow soon.” However, Patrick Chan, who was second in the short program, made more mistakes and the second two players did not win the gold medal, so he won the gold medal.
    After that, he won the 2015 and 2016 Grand Prix Finals, won the 2017 World Championships, and won two consecutive Olympic titles in 2018. In 2019, he was injured and couldn’t do very well, but in 2020 he achieved a super slam. I will continue to cheering him until he leaves the skating world.

  2. It costs a lot of money to host the Olympics. In addition, the number of events at the Summer Olympics is higher than at the Winter Olympics and the scale is larger, so more money is needed. I think the same can be said at the Tokyo Olympics, which were supposed to be held this year. Coronavirus has put off the Tokyo Olympics. But what will become of the facilities and venues that have been prepared for many years and at great cost? If it is not held next year, the Tokyo Olympics will be canceled. Originally, Japan has a large amount of debt, but if the Tokyo Olympics are cancelled, the amount of facilities and other preparations will be in the red. Foreigners who came to Japan to watch the Olympic Games were also expecting profits, but if this is the case, they would not be able to expect such benefits because they would not be allowed to travel abroad. And above all, the athletes who have adjusted for the tournament will lose sight of their goals. If this happens, Japan’s losses will be immeasurable. That’s why I hope that the coronavirus will completely resolve and that next summer’s Olympics will be held in Tokyo as scheduled.

  3. The Olympic Games were scheduled to be held in Japan this year. However, Corona Virus has spread all over the world, so it can no longer be held this year. As a result, the athletes who have worked hard for the Olympics suffered a great deal of damage. However, there were a lot of other problems in the Tokyo Olympics besides viruses. For example, this conversation is such a matter of money. At first, it was said that it was a budget of 288 billion yen for the Tokyo Olympics. However, in December 2019, the amount increased to 1,350 billion yen. The facilities for the Tokyo Olympics may be out of use after the game is over. So, we Japanese will have to pay a lot of taxes in the future. There are a lot of other problems besides money. Summer in Japan is so hot that we have to deal with it to protect the lives of our players and spectators. In this way, the Olympics are a tournament for peace, but the country hosting the Olympics has a lot of problems. But I want to see the Tokyo Olympics next year with my own eyes. That’s why I hope the Tokyo Olympics will be a success. Because I’m very proud to see the Olympics in my own country.


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