Beijing now to host the Winter Olympics

A (or One) Skeptic

Last week came the word that Boston was being dropped as possible hosts of the Winter Olympics after our Mayor, Marty Walsh, refused to sign a host city contract pledging to guarantee cost overruns with tax revenues from the city of Boston. I blogged about my mixed feelings around that.

Now comes word that Beijing, which just hosted the Summer Olympics in 2008, will now host the Winter Olympics in 2022.

Beijing is the kind of city that can pull this off, with lots and lots of assistance from the Chinese government. Of course:

  • Beijing has very little natural snow in the wintertime, and will have to make lots of it.
  • They will have to build a high speed rail to get people to the alpine events, which will actually be hosted in the city of Zhangjiakou, about 125 miles from Beijing.
  • In order to deal with their air pollution…

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