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The U.S. hockey team’s “Miracle on Ice” in Lake Placid. Michael Phelps’ slew of swimming records in Beijing. Nadia Comaneci’s groundbreaking gymnastics routine in Montreal. The Jamaican bobsledders’ display of heart and sportsmanship in Calgary.
With the Olympics just about upon us again, a new Bing Travel slide show takes a look back at sites from previous Olympiads, where medals were won and records were broken — as well as a look into the future, at the venues under way for the next few Olympiads.
I’m an Olympics junkie, and viewing this slide show is like looking at hallowed ground for me. Looking at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum gets my soul stirring with memories of Carl Lewis flying down the track. The sight of Barcelona’s Olympic Tower instantly transports me to Spain and Greg Louganis’ mastery of the dive. I’m excited to see what new highlights will unfold at the Olympics in Vancouver and beyond.
What Olympic sites and venues stand out for you? Have you been to the Olympics and seen them personally? Or do you have plans to go to Vancouver — and if so, what are you planning to see? Share your thoughts, memories and dreams with fellow travelers in the comments section.
I've been to 6 Olympics and love them all... !!! Would be hard to pick a favorite as all the cities had their own special flavor.
I'm 52, and have seen many Olympic games on television. However, I've never been to one. Sure would be nice to go to London in 2012 or Rio in 2016.
Salt Lake City was probably the best, the city and state looked gorgeous and the games were impeccably run.
i have never been to the olympics.
Cowboy has been to 6 Olumpics and it would be hard for him to pick his favorite, he has a bad memory.
For sure Rio de Janeiro will be amazing
never been to the Olympics but have visited for weeks several of the sights and their cities ,Munich,garmish,albertville,st.Moritz,lake placid,Innsbruck,Atlanta.los angles,ATLANTA by far the most horibble
venue and city I ever visited ,ST.MORITZ,and LAKE PLACID new york the best ever but I prefer winter to summer games.for summer I guess munich I also visited montreal and torino like both alot .but hands down the euro venues are great but lake placid is the most beutiful ,and coziest olympics ever,atlanta just sucked
Everybody badmouths Montreal because of the cost overrunns and White Elephants. Admittedly, Canada's unions had a nasty propensity for striking. However, I experienced the beauty of the games and the friendliness of the people firsthand. I hope that Montreal or Quebec City gets a chance to host a Winter Olympics in say, twelve years.
As for Los Angeles, I loved the sheer excitement of the games, which I also saw firsthand!
Beijing was great
We heard you the first time Cowboy.
The Olympics in Canada are cursed with bad luck, Poor candians had to pay hard earned tax dollars for this monumental failure!
SLC '02 - USA current training site that the public can also ski/slide.
Lake Tahoe '60. Rickety, amazingly small, first to be televised.
Vancouver '10. Already a fave, I previewed the facilities last year. Amazing.
Albertville '92. Visited the Val D'isere and Trois Vallees sites - world's largest ski areas. Most astonishing venue visually.
Syndey. Best summer venue. Worlds' greatest city perhaps.
I live close to Lake Placid and must say it is beautiful, with facilities that still draw major international competitions. Hopefully the winter games will make a return, even if they were a joint venture between Montreal and Lake Placid as was briefly proposed a few years ago.
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