Madrid citizens in full support of Olympic bid

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As Madrid preps for the IOC to come evaluate its potential as an Olympic host city next week, spirits are high despite the financial woes that have plagued the country’s economy in recent years.

In fact, the Olympics have garnered overwhelming support from the country’s citizens, as a new poll shows that 83 percent of Madrid, and 76 percent of Spain, believe the Games will have a positive impact on the country’s current situation.

“The most encouraging statistic is that 90 percent of people aged under-35 favor the bid,” said Spanish Olympic committee head Alejandro Blanco. “This shows that it is a bid looking to the future and young people see it as the best way to help the country towards economic recovery.”

Blanco also claims that Madrid will bring the most “realistic” bid to the IOC’s table before they vote in September, which will leave “the best legacy for the city, the country, and the Olympic movement.”

With 28 of the 35 venues already standing, the cost for a Madrid Olympics is estimated below $2 billion, which is less than half that of Tokyo’s $4.5 billion budget, and nowhere near Istanbul’s $19 billion earmarked for venues and government infrastructure projects.

It’s over: a low-key Games on a far more human scale

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The 2018 Winter Olympics shivered Sunday to a close, surely defined by cold and wind but destined — just as in Seoul 30 years before — to mark a key chapter in history on the Korean peninsula.

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These Games are likely to be recalled as an inflection point in Olympic history, too. After logistical dramas and more at Rio 2016 and Sochi 2014, the Olympic scene needed a Games at which the venues were built, the buses ran on time, security was subtle, the volunteers were super-friendly — organizationally, everything more or less just worked — and the spotlight shone on the athletes and their stories of inspiration.

That’s what PyeongChang delivered.

A low-key Games on a far more human scale.

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More of best GIFs from PyeongChang Olympics

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The 2018 Winter Games are over, but that doesn’t mean we’ll forget all the amazing heights reached by American athletes. Take a look back at a few of them here with an added twist, powered by Giphy: