By Paula Worthington
This fall, Calgarians are talking about 2026, and whether our city will move forward with delivering a bid to host the Winter Olympic Games. The conversation is a lively one, with a lot of questions at stake. What’s becoming abundantly clear is that Calgarians won’t host the Olympics at any cost – financial and otherwise.
As the host of the 1988 Olympics, Calgary already has much of the infrastructure in place to host another Games, but facilities will require investment to bring them up to 2026 standards. Some are concerned about the costs, while others recognize that those investments will be needed for those facilities regardless of whether Calgary moves forward with the bid or not.
Nostalgia, cost, volunteerism, investments, funding, security. The conversation around the Olympics carries many points of view, but it’s also an opportunity to unite different age groups and mindsets. Here’s why it’s important to every generation: