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Olympic turnaround by Michael Payne

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7. Operation perfect hosts

Office of the Mayor of Salt Lake City, Rocky Anderson, City Hall, 2001

The 19th Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City are only months away. Salt Lake is a hive of activity, as the final plans and preparations to host the world are pulled together. IOC executives are visiting Salt Lake on an ever more frequent basis to work through last minute issues. The final countdown has begun.

I am concerned. There are rumors that the city authorities plan to create their own separate identity and celebration plan, rather than collaborate with the organizing committee to ensure a single unified program. The IOC can ill afford a repeat of Atlanta, where the city’s commercial agenda was allowed to run amok, damaging the image of ...

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