31 Jul '15, 7pm

Beijing, a city without snow, to host 2022 Winter Olympics

Beijing, a city without snow, to host 2022 Winter Olympics

The International Olympic Committee announced Friday that Beijing has been selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. Beijing, which also hosted the 2008 Summer Games, will be the first city to host both Olympics. Because China has little history with winter sports, Beijing seems an unlikely choice for the games — and considering they only beat runner up Almaty, Kazakhstan, by four votes, many IOC voters seemed to agree. But unlike Almaty, Beijing has a lot of money to throw away… err, devote to the games. According to The New York Times , “bid officials emphasized how Beijing had shown itself to be an important partner with the Olympic movement after spending at least $40 billion to host the Games previously.” A healthy chunk of that money will likely be spent on creating artificial snow, because Beijing doesn’t have much of the real thing. But since China manufactures pr...

Full article: http://grist.org/article/beijing-a-city-without-snow-to-h...

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