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In 1984, Sarajevo held, at the time, one of the most successful Winter Olympic Games in history—and the second ever in a communist state, Yugoslavia, at the time—seeing the most nations ever at a winter games. Sarajevo quickly became a model city.
That is, until the Bosnian War happened from 1992-1995, which Sarajevo was under siege for the entirety—the longest ever of a capital city.
During this time, the modern Olympic facilities, notably the mountain resorts and tracks surrounding the city, were used as defense systems for Bosnian-Serb troops. Needless to say, those three years obliterated the former facilities, leaving bullet-shellacked bobsleigh tracks and mountains littered with landmines.
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Have you always wanted to live in Rio? What if you could live there rent free?
The Discovery Hostel in Rio de Janeiro is now giving travelers the chance to live for free in exchange for working the front desk. This is a common practice at hostels around the world, but Rio presents the unique opportunity of getting in and becoming familiar with the vibrant city ahead of the 2016 Olympics.
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The 2016 Summer Olympics won't take place for two more years but planning is well underway, including the search for helpers.
Every four years hundreds of volunteers from around the world travel to the Olympics' host city to be a part of the festivities. Volunteer responsibilities range from providing transportation for the athletes and VIPs, to pointing tourists in the right direction.
If you think your town, city, village, or whatever is the best around then why not go ahead and throw your hat into the ring at a chance to host the Olympics.
It seems that municipalities are finally learning that hosting the games is a bittersweet experience, and now here at home there’s already a couple cities taking their names out of consideration. Both New York City and Philadelphia are no longer interested in submitting bids to host the summer games when 2024 rolls around, but there still are a few cities hoping to be awarded the honor.
Good news for those who have always dreamed of living out Olympic fantasies, as some of the goodies from the 2012 Olympics in London are now open to the public. You might not be able to score a gold medal, but you certainly can score some decent snapshots of yourself enjoying the equipment.
A bunch of stuff over at the brand new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park was dedicated and opened up to the public last week, so go ahead and add this latest addition to your tourist to-do list when over in London.
Pictures in front of the Olympic rings are certainly an option—and a great idea—however, there’s even more included in a potential visit. Jump into the pool, take a dive off a platform, or just enjoy some of the other first-class facilities.
Olympic skier Bode Miller, who added a bronze medal in Sochi to his pile of hardware, has just put his yacht up on AirBnb. The yacht, which can sleep up to 12 people, is currently docked in San Diego harbor. It goes for $3K a night, with a minimum of three nights. If you're going to get 12 people in there for three nights, it works out to $750 each, which is comparable with a penthouse room in a luxury hotel.
As for amenities? The ad lists a full kitchen, three master bedrooms and two 'bunk rooms,' an open upper deck, and use of a dinghy and a Sea-Doo. There's also the benefit of saying you slept on the same bed as one of America's most decorated Winter Olympians, natch.
Now that we're several days into the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and have already shared how to do a little Olympic bobsledding yourself, it's time to fan the flames of excitement for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
With two more years to go, tickets for Rio's events are obviously not quite on sale, but there are other ways to foster any burgeoning Summer Olympic excitement.
By now you've endured the theatrical Opening Ceremonies and moved on to watching the downhill skiing and figure skating events of the Sochi Winter Games, but Frontier has given us even more reason to cheer on our own athletes: cheap airplane tickets!
For each gold medal Team USA takes home, Frontier will translate that to a 1% savings in airfare for a ride on one of the 'fuzzy woodland-creatured' planes the LCC flies. With a total of 90 medals for which our team is contending, the odds are good that USA's athletes will benefit budget-conscious travelers much more than 1% off in the coming events.
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Moscow is getting in shape for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, literally. Some subway stations in the Russian capital are accepting payment in the form of 30 squats.
If you're wondering how it works, try flashing back to those Nintendo Power Pads from the '80s. In front of the ticket booth, there's a blue pad on which you do the squats, while a screen keeps count of the number. At the end of squat 30, a subway ticket pops out of the doohickey. The brilliant initiative is designed as a way to get the population in better shape while also hyping the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics?
Well played, Moscow.
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In the famously busy "Shibuya Scramble" intersection
So you may have already heard that Tokyo beat out both Madrid and Istanbul in its bid to host the XXXII Olympics in 2020. Granted that's still quite some time away, but a seven-year advance notice means plenty of time to come to love Japan if you don't already.
Save Friday, 24 July – Sunday 9 August 2020 to your iCal for the actual Olympic Games, and get psyched along with us as we brainstorm what the 2020 Olympics will mean for an already awesome metropolis:
· The cutest Olympic mascots yet!
London's "Wenlock and Mandeville" mascots were disappointing, not to mention vaguely sperm-y, and Sochi's look like long-lost Disney rough drafts. Beijing's 2008 Olympic mascots came closest to the concept of cute, but surely Tokyo in 2020 will make us forget all about decades of creepy characters. Kawaii!
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Two questions for you. 1: Have you ever seen the film Cool Runnings? 2: Have you ever wanted to experience 5 g and 80+ mph? We're going to assume that you've answered yes to both because you're awesome, and that is why you need to add bobsledding to your bucket list.
There aren't many places in the world that offer true bobsledding for the regular public, but one spot is right here in the United States, at Park City's Utah Olympic Park. In addition to their Nordic ski jumps and a speed skating oval, there's an Olympic-length bobsled track kept fully functional year-round; though the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics are long over, the track is still very much used for training of the US Olympic teams...and for giving the adventurous one hell of an adrenaline rush with the "Winter Comet Bobsled Ride."
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Time is running out for those hoping to volunteer at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. On March 1, 2013 volunteer registration for 2014 Winter Olympics will close for good.
An estimated 25,000 volunteers will be needed to work nearly 50,000 shifts in more than 20 areas, from meeting delegations at the airport to helping with the Closing Ceremony. There will also be 3,000 volunteers specifically trained to welcome visitors and help them find their way between venues. In total, volunteers will account for more than 30% of the total Sochi staff.