The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi was the most expensive ever

More expensive than the summer games

The Winter Olympics are also more expensive per participant than the Summer Games due to the very specific circumstances. For example, snow sports take place in mountainous areas that are difficult to reach, which means that logistics costs increase rapidly. Creating a sleigh or ski jump trail is much more difficult afterward than paying for it afterwards from the pool or soccer field. Moreover, these sites are often at a great distance from urban areas, so additional connections and facilities have to be built.

These additional costs often have to be paid for through higher taxes, as Albertville residents noted after the 1992 Winter Games. Brides-les-Bains, where most of the athletes used to live, has debts of 72 million guilders, on an annual budget of five million. Thus the local taxes on the local population were immediately doubled.

72 million guilders from 1992 equals 50 million euros in our time. If the people of Albertville still had four paintings by Vincent Van Gogh, they could finally pay for it.

Photo Caption: Olympic fire in the futuristic-designed Olympic Park during the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. Photo: WR studio /

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