The Failed Experiment of Vancouver’s 2010 Olympic Village

Winter 2012, Vol. 37, Nos. 2&3


Abstract: This article is a cautionary tale for cities that dream of hosting the Olympics, and explores the fallout, financial and otherwise, for the City of Vancouver. In 2003, the city won the international bid to host the 2010 Winter Olympics. Included in the bid was a commitment to expend $30 million on athlete accommodations, known as Vancouver’s Olympic Village, for the twoweek event. The author, himself a resident of Vancouver, describes the continuing financial risk the city faces as the result of the decisions made in building this development.