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10 Olympic Games That Nearly Bankrupted Their Host Countries

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Author's Note: 10 Olympic Games That Nearly Bankrupted Their Host Countries

As much as I love the Olympics (creating iCal appointments so I don't miss the opening ceremonies, canceling social events in favor of Olympic viewing marathons, going through an irritable withdrawal stage in the wake of the closing event), there is a part of me that cringes at the cost.

Until I began researching this article, I didn't know how much the global games could cost a host country. I'd never even attempted to find out. I was living in a blissful state of unawares, beguiled by the pomp and majesty of an elite athletes' showcase. In retrospect, I was a bit like the countries bidding for the chance to host an Olympics: sure of the benefits, eager for the party, convinced the financial cost would fall in line.

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