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Up Front The Olympic myth of Calgary: Making money ; Be prepared to spend, spend, spend is lesson for any host city
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Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont.
Author: Walkom, Thomas
Date: Feb 8, 1999
Start Page: 1
Section: NEWS
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Olympic boosters are always keen to point to Calgary. The 1988 Calgary Games and the 1976 Montreal Games are usually portrayed as the yin and yang of Canada's Olympic experience.

In 1981, after Calgary won the bid, CODA transformed itself into the Olympic organizing committee. In that capacity, members arranged with the federal government to not only build Olympic facilities but turn them over, at the end of the Games, to a non-profit body interested in sports.

The Olympic plaza and open-air skating rink in downtown Calgary is a jewel. The Olympic speed-skating rink is open to the general public and students at the University of Calgary as well as top athletes.

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