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Holmenkollen Loses Winter Olympics Support

Posted: Feb. 4th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Oslo's Holmenkollen Ski Jump
Ski VM/Stian Broch

Holmenkollen towers over Oslo city like a tilted tower of babel, but the lone, forlorn structure is quickly losing all hope of hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics as local support continues to fall away, according to recent surveys. Concerns over additional budget overruns have stifled efforts to draw the Olympics to the city.

A new survey indicates that just 42 percent of Oslo’s residents are now positive towards the prospect of the city organizing the Winter Olympics in 2022. Public support for an Olympics has fallen markedly during the last 20 months.

The City of Oslo had to cover most of the costs of building the new Holmenkollen Ski Jump needed to host last year's Nordic skiing World Championships. Budget overruns were enormous, with little state funding, so some Oslo politicians and residents are wary about committing to an Olympics.


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