How Calgary outgrew the Olympic dream

Calgary is a city of yes, the Olympic backers told themselves and residents. Can-do energy, entrepreneurial spirit. Doesn’t matter if the Olympics are a quadrennial swamp of corruption and budget overruns; we can do it better because we’re Calgary, or so went the mantra of ex-Olympians, business leaders and the mayor. The city had enthusiastically said yes before, and just in case anyone forgot the glory days, local hoteliers paid for the nightly relighting of the 1988 Olympic cauldron...

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