5 Ways to Fix The Olympics: What Can Be Learned From Calgary Voting Down the 2026 Olympic Winter Games

In recent years the Olympics has had more and more citizens reject the hosting of the event in their city.  When Calgary declined this week, it marked the first time in history that a former host city had citizens vote down a new bid. These are troubling times for the Olympic ‘Movement’: bid rigging scandals You really need to skim through THIS giant list of Olympic scandals to feel the baked in scale of Olympic corruption cost overruns on a…

Revised Calgary 2026 Olympic Bid Math is Fiction

On Wednesday October 31st, The City of Calgary shaved less than 4% off the proposed Calgary 2026 Olympic Winter Games bid math by claiming saving in security and venue changes.  While this is an improvement, the numbers just don’t add up because: Many of the numbers presented are in 2026 dollars but there is an ugly force called inflation that changes the values.  Put simply 2026 dollars are worth much less than 2018 dollars, so you need more of them.…

Who Pays The Bill For The Calgary 2026 Winter Olympic Games?

UPDATE Nov 4 2018 – See our take on the new “lower” cost 2026 Calgary Olympics: Revised Calgary 2026 Olympic Bid Math is Fiction We answer the question of who pays the bill for the Calgary 2026 Winter Olympic Games by using two sets of official numbers and one set of very logical estimates. It is important to note that because there are so many unknowns including hundreds of millions of dollars in so called “soft-costs” (off-ramps, pre-bid expenses, unaccounted security,…

Calgary 2026 Winter Games Construction, Scale, Support & Budget In Pictures

In case our detailed article on the budget and buildings was too much, this simplified version explains the Calgary 2026 Winter Olympic bid in pictures and graphics: CLICK ON ANY GRAPHIC TO MAKE IT LARGER 1: Calgary 2026 Olympic Venues   CLICK ON ANY GRAPHIC TO MAKE IT LARGER 2: Calgary 2026 Olympic Budgets CLICK ON ANY GRAPHIC TO MAKE IT LARGER 3: Calgary 2026 Olympics Scale & Timeline CLICK ON ANY GRAPHIC TO MAKE IT LARGER 4: Calgary 2026…

Budget Breakdown of Calgary 2026 Winter Olympic Bid

The first rough budget, presented to City Council in the summer of 2017, for the Calgary 2026 Winter Olympic Bid was CDN $4.6B. (Click the pie chart to the right). After spending about $30 Million on a more formal evaluation, a more thoughtful budget of CDN $5.23B was presented to Calgary Council in September 2019.  Here is a breakdown of the proposed spending. NOTE: Be sure to skim through Calgary 2026 Winter Games Construction, Scale, Support & Budget In Pictures What Calgary…

The 2026 Calgary Winter Olympics Will Cost Double What They Say, If History Is A Guide

On September 12, 2018 the City of Calgary authorized a plebiscite (special vote by citizens) to decide if Calgary should proceed with it’s Olympic bid so we decided to find our how far off the final official budgets were from the actual costs.  The numbers are staggering. Below is a table we constructed that includes the “final budget” numbers and budget overruns for every Olympics since 1976. UPDATE: Nov 11 2018 Revised Calgary 2026 Olympic Bid Math is Fiction Calgary 2026…