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What It Costs To Host The Olympic Games

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Winter Olympics Schedule

The 22nd Winter Olympics is in full swing in the resort town of Sochi, Russia, where top athletes from around the world will compete over the next two weeks to win medals for ice hockey, figure skating, and more.

International Olympians To Watch

With the 2014 Winter Olympics underway in Sochi, Russia, Onion Sports provides a comprehensive guide to the most exciting international athletes.

American Olympians To Watch

With the 2014 Winter Olympics underway in Sochi, Russia, Onion Sports provides a comprehensive guide to the most exciting U.S.
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What It Costs To Host The Olympic Games

Boston announced this week it will pull its bid for the 2024 Olympics, due in part to the huge costs associated with the games that could become a taxpayer burden. Here is a breakdown of what the Olympics cost their host cities:

  • $300 million: Regulation track-and-field stadium the entire community will be able to enjoy for decades to come
  • $5,000: Licensing rights for blue, yellow, black, and red Olympic rings
  • $870,000: Licensing rights for green Olympic ring
  • $9,000: Hedge that looks like a guy running
  • $65,000: Gymnast feed and trough
  • $50,000: Quietly burying another Bob Costas sex scandal
  • $18 million: Thrown straight into Olympic flame as tinder
  • $50,000: Incinerating bodies of athletes who perished during event
  • $600,000: Water wasted by Olympic divers showering off between heats
  • $28: Dry cleaning for Olympic mascot suit
  • $175,000: Study delineating exact ways hosting Olympics will devastate local economy for decades to come


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