The first Olympic stage that I got to see up close. Barcelona’s Olympic site was a little different from all of the others in that thre was nothing going on when I was going for a visit. Yay!
While the venue is typically used to host concerts and other plarge scale performances, the park itself is actually very well maintained and preserved for the sole fact of being a tourist destination. From walking your dog, to picnics, to just taking a stroll on a typical day, I really enjoyed myself at this Olmpic site.
What made this one over the top for me was the official Olympic museum that this site has to offer. From learning about every summer game to date, to a few winter games and even learning for the first time about the Youth Olympic Games, this was a great Sparknotes of how hte games originated and how they have evolved over the centuries.
Barcelona Summer Games
- Barcelona hosted the summer Olympic games in 1992.This was the last year in which the summer and winter Olympic games would be held in the same year.
- The admittance of professional athlets allowed the USA to form the “Dream Team” (Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, etc.) and easily win the gold medal
- Derek Redmond from Great Britain tore his hamstring during a 400m semi-final. His father entered the track without credentials as he struggled, and helped his son complete the race to a standing ovation.
- The Unified Team (nations from the former USSR comepeted together) coming in first in the medal count (112; 45 gold), the US in second (108; 37 gold) and the host country, Spain in 6th place (22; 13 gold)
Overall, Spain was grossly over budget, at a 417 percent cost overrun. The cost of the games was US$12.2 billion (in 2013 currency). This cost only includes sports related costs and does not include other public costs like roads, rail development, airport infrastructure, or other private costs.