Blog Post

Rio 2016: Learning from the Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games

By: Natalie Gochnour

Originally published in Utah Business

Hosting the Olympic Games is not for the faint of heart. The spotlight is bright, the logistics are complicated and the cost is substantial.

Nobody knows this better than Rio de Janeiro, the host for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The Rio Olympics have been beset by extraordinary challenges, including the Zika virus, doping scandals, serious crime, environmental problems, political mayhem and the nation’s worst recession since the 1930s.

Just as bad, Brazil’s troubles are occurring amidst a backdrop of worldwide political upheaval (the Brexit vote and the impact of the controversial U.S. presidential elections) and vicious terrorist attacks and threats from the Islamic State Group.

My feelings mirror those I felt before the Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games. The bid scandal put the Games at risk. Then, 9-11 happened. Everything felt uneasy and frightening. The peace-loving world needed us to be succes