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  1. Not sure if this is the best place to link to it, but Atlanta also has a really good Olympic museum, celebrating the entire history of the modern games, though of course the main focus is on the '96 Games. You should really check it out if you are ever in the area. http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/cms/Centennial+Olympic+Games+Museum/103.html
  2. I've been lurking for sometime, but haven't commented and feel the need to agree with this. I live about a two hour drive from Atlanta, and am in Atlanta a half dozen times a year. I can tell you that from the perspective of Atlanta and the region around it, the 96 Games are seen in a much different light than is usually seen from the International Press, or even the IOC. The impression of local history, from the Atlanta region, is that 96 Games were an immeasurably good thing for the city and region and that they were in large part a success. I take it this is the minority on this board, but the fact that the Atlanta Games were privately funded and organized is considered a positive thing. You simply are not going to get an Olympic Games in the US that is centrally run and coordinated by a government (whether state or Federal) like even just happened in London. The US Olympic team isn't tax payer funded, we have no silly, make work government job like "Minister of Sport", and we privately organize and fund major events like the Olympics. Atlanta prides itself on that its venues were not white elephants. I've been to baseball games numerous times at Turner Field (the repurposed Olympic Stadium). The Braves average over 30,000 fans a game, and there are close to 100 events a year. Can any other recent Olympic stadium say that? And it was built with private funds, not public. Simply a great use for the facility. The Atlanta Olympic ring - a new concept taken up by just about every city since then, worked very well. In the center is Centennial Olympic Park, a great facility that greatly revitalized that part of the city to becoming a great cultural center. Georgia Tech turned the athletes village into needed university housing - no derelict, massive apartment complex. The Olympic swimming venue, now Georgia Tech's Aquatic Center, is in almost daily use, and serves still as a local, collegiate, national, and international competition venue. Last year, I rafted on the Olympic white water course in Tennessee, a center for adventure tourism to this day. Amateur sports, through the creation of the Georgia Games, an yearly Olympic like festival, is a big deal. Atlanta has capitalized on the incredible spirit of volunteerism through a great local sports and event volunteer network, run through the Atlanta Sports Council. I hear the complaints about over commercialism. Could someone explain what that means? Is a complaint ACOG and the city did not coordinate as much as they should (largely the city's fault, not ACOG)? Or is it a complaint that Atlanta chose to privately fund the games rather than place a burden on the taxpayers for a generation for a 17 day event? What is the problem? If the Olympic Family won't come to your town because you won't centralize it, and prop it up through tax funding, so be it. Let them go bankrupt some other community. Atlanta did the 96 Games well. Here is a good article from the Atlanta newspaper, and Atlanta's Olympic Legacy: http://blogs.ajc.com/mark-bradley-blog/2012/08/10/atlantas-olympic-legacy-its-there-even-if-not-always-obvious/?cxntfid=blogs_mark_bradley_blog Preseason football is only four games - two of them at home, so it's not a problem to rearrange the schedule to play the two home games at the end, to make room for an Olympics. In 1984, the LA Dodgers hit the road for two weeks, and in '96, the Atlanta Braves hit the road for two weeks. It was an inconvenience for both teams, but not a real problem.
  3. Atlanta's Olympic legacy: It's there, if not always obvious | Mark Bradley http://t.co/6ubB36kV

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