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The Winter Olympics

The Alps have hosted the Winter Olympics on a number of occasions, most recently in Turin in 2006. In recent years all the candidatures from the Alps have been unsuccessful, either because the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has given preference to other, more powerful candidates or because local residents have spoken out against the Games. A review of the experience gained as a result shows that, in democracies such as Alpine countries, the Winter Olympics face an uphill challenge. People are no longer willing to accept their escalating magnitude, impact on the environment, incalculable costs, or the diktat of the all-powerful IOC. This collection of field reports, arguments and technical information illustrates why there is no longer any room in the Alps for the Winter Olympics in their current form.

 

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