The International Olympic Committee has uploaded a series of ‘Making of’ videos;
All links refer to YouTube
Today the FIFA World Cup 2018 starts in Moscow. Two Olympic stadiums that have been renovated in recent years are used for the tournament.
Moscow 1980; Luzhniki Stadium
During the 1980 Summer Olympics, the Central Lenin Stadium was the main venue which hosted the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Athletics, Football finals, and the Individual Jumping Grand Prix. The stadium had at that time a spectator capacity of 103.000. (read more)
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Sochi 2014; Fisht Olympic Stadium
The Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi is converted into an open-air football stadium. Four years ago the stadium was used for the ceremonies of the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The stadium then had a capacity of 40,000 seats.
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From the author:
World records, heroic stories, tears of the losers. The Olympics are the most important international sporting event when, for two weeks, one city is watched by the world.
Universal enthusiasm and a global media presence politicise the games and provide an opportunity for massive investment. Stadiums become symbols of power.
Days of euphoria are followed by disillusionment. Olympic Realities takes the viewer to six places deserted by the Olympic circus.
Bruno Helbling’s architecture photography raises questions of the significance of these monstrous events.
The impressive pictures are accompanied by six controversial essays, each written by an author with a special connection to the particular Olympic city.
Simultaneously provocative and entertaining, they expose the roots of a system of megalomania, corruption and mismanagement.
Olympic Realities is not only a highly aesthetic record of endurance, but also a sharp portrayal of an inescapable recurrence.
Hardback, 206 pages, English & German, 164 color-photographs
Photography by Bruno Helbling Essays by Werner van Gent, Peter Dittmann, Ahmed Buric,
Francesco Pastorelli, Barbara Lüthi and Martin Müller.
Graphic-Design by Lars Egert
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News articles about Sochi’s Olympic legacy that are worth reading:
The Sochi Project
Photographs by Rob Hornstra
Texts by Arnold van Bruggen
Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen have been working together since 2007 to tell the story of Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. They have returned repeatedly to this region as committed practitioners of “slow journalism,” establishing a solid foundation of research on and engagement with this small yet incredibly complicated region before it finds itself in the glare of international media attention.
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Sochi Autodrom includes two circuit configurations. The temporary circuit leads across the Olympic Park and is only used for the FORMULA 1 race weekends. The smaller, permanent circuit is suitable for race activities all year long – it is planned to hold track days, test drives and other events.