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Due to its subtropical climate, it is mainly a beach and spa tourism destination. About 4 million Russians stay there each year. While the Olympics gave Sochi an international media visibility, this exposure was not enough to attract international tourists.
The seaside resort area has experienced a boom in visitors inbut mainly due to domestic tourism: Vladimir Putin himself admitted that it did not matter if international visitors were not seduced; it was for the Russians themselves that Sochi needed to become once again their number one tourist destination. A trend reinforced by the collapse of their currency, which make outbound tourism more expensive to the benefit of domestic tourismand by the geopolitical isolation of Russia.
To conclude… The impacts of the Olympics on a tourist destination are diverse. First of all, they affect tourism flows during and after the Olympics.
Cities that are already very touristic, such as London or Paris, may experience a decline in tourism flows during the Olympics, but it usually stabilize quickly afterwards. However, for less visited cities, the Olympics act as a real springboard to accelerate their growth: The promotion of a destination should thus be activated way ahead of the Olympic Games themselves, and must continue afterwards. Then comes the time to raise the question of the reconversion of Olympic equipments: If anything, the Olympics have made it worse.
But it never materialized. It's all so disappointing.
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But in many ways, the opposite unfolded. Timed with an embarrassing political corruption scandal and the largest economic crisis in Brazil's history, the hosting of the World Cup and Games has resulted in a perfect storm of unfulfilled promises. While 15 of the original 27 venues have hosted some sort of event since the Games, others sit largely abandoned, their decay and disrepair a constant reminder of what was meant to be.
Deodoro Olympic Park, long hailed by Brazilian politicians and Olympic proponents as a path to upgrade one of Rio's poorer neighborhoods, is shuttered. The community pool that was supposed to come out of the canoe slalom course was closed in December and has yet to re-open. A Deodoro elevator once used to lift fans over a busy road now leads to nowhere.
Rio after the Games The Olympic Games have left crumbling stadiums and debt instead of the promised financial and sporting benefits for Rio de Janiero and Brazil. Ten miles away at the Olympic Park, things aren't much better. Earlier this month a fire from a flying lantern torched the roof of the Rio velodrome, badly damaging its Siberian Pine track. After the Games, the city solicited bids for private companies to run the park, but no one bid, leaving Brazil's Ministry of Sport with the task -- and expense.
Rio's new mayor, Marcelo Crivella, has scrapped plans to turn the handball arena into four public schools.
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And the 31 towers that made up the athletes village, which were set to be transformed into luxury condos, now sit largely vacant. Even some of the medals awarded to the athletes have tarnished or cracked, with more than 10 percent of them sent back to Brazil for repair.
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Bloomberg reported in April that the Olympic organizers were attempting to pay creditors with air conditioners, portable energy units and electrical cables. Promises that the Olympics would modernize Rio and make its streets safer and favelas cleaner have also failed.
According to Brazil's Institute of Public Safety, street robberies are up 48 percent and deadly assaults by 21 percent, to the highest rates since In the first three months ofviolent crime spiked 26 percent compared with the same period in The state of Rio is still unable to pay its teachers, hospital workers, police and other public employees on time, if at all. Many favelas still lack running water or proper sewage removal.
Not only the ones like Wu, who achieved the highest levels of success, but also the next generation. Sponsors have dried up. Elite coaches have fled the country.
Training centers have closed. And athletes wonder how -- or even if -- they're still going to be able to compete. Since winning the silver medal in the meter air pistol event at last summer's Olympics, Felipe Wu has cut back on his travel and competition schedule and redirected his attention to earning a college degree. Wearing the same blue tie with white, green and yellow stripes that he wore on that memorable day in Copenhagen, Denmark, he proudly received the Olympic Personality of the Year award for the role he played in bringing the first Olympic Games to South America.
Now his popularity was soaring. That night, he chose not to read the remarks prepared by his staff and instead patted himself on the back for 28 minutes and promised "the most organized Olympics in the world. None of that could be done, Lula said, without the help of the business community -- not by signing successful athletes to endorsement deals but rather through financing the sporting structure in Brazil.
Then that troubled boy could be made into an Olympic champion. The influx of cash continued after Lula's term expired and he was replaced by Dilma Rousseff. More than 90 percent of the country's amateur athletic budget came from the government. It was a crash course in buying Olympic medals, an attempt to build as many world-class athletes as possible before Rio.
Wu was one of the many Brazilian athletes who benefited from the investments. He had practiced alone untilwhen the shooting federation hired a respected international coach.
He won gold at the Pan-American Games and a pair of World Cup titles in the lead-up to Rio before medaling on home soil. It didn't take long for the tap to shut off.
While Lula is expected to file an appeal, the probe is ongoing. Former Rio governor Sergio Cabral was arrested on suspicion of receiving millions in kickbacks and recently sentenced to 14 years in prison for corruption and money laundering. I thought it would change my life, or at least my life would be easier.
On the contrary, I've lost. Ten days after the closing ceremonies, Rousseff was impeached, largely blamed for the country's crisis. No segment of the government was immune from scandal, including sports leaders. Sensing a larger problem, the TCU launched an investigation into 10 sports entities, including Brazil's Olympic Committee. Nine of the 10 were found to be misusing public funds. After her injury at the age of 18, Weggemann chose to return to the pool.
In Aprilher older sister found an article in the local newspaper highlighting the Paralympic Swimming Trials for the Beijing Paralympic Games. Still coping with her new disability, Weggemann found one thing unchanged, her love for swimming. While attending the meet as a spectator with her sister, she met several of the US National Team coaches.
The following Monday, Weggemann returned to the pool and has been swimming ever since. She touts her Paralympic trials experience as life changing.
Weggemann finished the meet with nine World Records. In Augustjust days after being reclassified at the Paralympic Games in London, Mallory showcased her amazing abilities by winning gold and setting a Paralympic Record in the 50m freestyle. Mallory also anchored the bronze medal winning 4xm medley relay team, bringing USA back from fifth place to almost capturing gold!
It has been deemed one of the most memorable moments of the London Games, and it inspired many across the world. Just under four months after becoming paralyzed Mallory was back in the pool, with her eyes on Gold at the Paralympic Games. Having achieved that goal, she decided it was time to chase her ultimate dream, to walk again. For years, this was something that was deemed impossible, but a new possibility arose and in order to achieve her goal, Mallory reached out to the public to ask for their support through a crowd funding Indiegogo campaign.
In order to accomplish this dream Mallory worked very closely with Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN to learn how to use her customized leg braces with the assistance of forearm crutches. Currently, Weggemann just returned home from the the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and competed in an unprecedented seven individual events, while representing Team USA in her second Paralympic Games this past September.
In addition, Mallory is actively building upon her career outside of the pool as a highly sought-after motivational speaker, writing and other public appearances around the world. Mallory is currently publishing her work monthly for the Huffington Post on various motivational, inspirational and leadership topics and heavily involved in disability advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill, as well as serving as a board member on Delta Airlines Disability Advisory Board.
Mallory is also being featured in The Current, a documentary produced by Make A Hero, a non-profit organization focused on inspiring individuals with disabilities to enjoy the freedom of adaptive sports. He began skateboarding at 12 years old and by 23 was volunteering as a mentor to troubled youth in a juvenile detention center teaching life lessons through skateboarding. Next Up empowers underprivileged youth by connecting them to education through skateboarding and creating opportunity for success never before imagined.
Today the organization has served over 15, participants and is growing.
She regularly teaches graduate courses in program evaluation and positive developmental science, trains graduate students in evaluation science, and evaluates youth development programs trying to make a meaningful difference in the lives of young people. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Berry has directed more than 75 program evaluations across a range of content areas e. These evaluations have been designed to drive organizational improvement, identify critical conditions for success, and track optimal youth outcomes over time.
More recently, she has partnered with LAUSD and the LA84 Foundation to evaluate the middle school sports program in LAUSD to understand the impact of high-quality school-based youth sports programs as well as how and why youth outcomes emerge during sports participation.
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Berry and her colleagues have disseminated their evaluations broadly. She has published over 75 technical evaluation reports, published peer-reviewed articles in leading evaluation journals American Journal of Evaluation and New Directions for Evaluation and youth development journals Journal of Early Adolescenceand presented her findings annually at scientific and practitioner conferences. In this capacity, Dr. Berry worked to ensure that evaluations across the state were useful, feasible, and promote continuous quality improvement.