An Olympic hangover can last for years, if not generations. Just ask some other host cities and countries.
Beijing's half-billion-dollar Birds Nest, the spaceship-like stadium at the centre of the 2008 Olympics, has yet to find a real use. It's now serving as a winter amusement park. They might make it into a mall.
Athens' 2004 Games left a crippling debt, the tipping point that pushed Greece into its current financial crisis. Its billion-dollar venues are hardly used.
In 2000, Sydney held one of the best Olympics ever. But when the party was over, they found there was little use for the stadium and that there was a billion-dollar-plus debt, too.
Let's not forget Montreal, host of the 1976 Games that left the city in a debt that took a quarter of a century to pay down.
They still don't know how to make money out of the Olympic Stadium -- the Big Owe.
A common thread in all the examples above is these were cities that held the Summer Olympics, a truly mega event that often spins its way into financial disaster.
For a while Vancouver's business leaders considered hosting a Summer Games, too, in conjunction with Seattle.
Luckily, some perspective prevailed. We bid for the other Olympics, the Winter Games, which are smaller and carry much less financial risk.
In fact, it's starting to look like the 2010 Games just might offer up a new model for holding a Games, proving a Winter Olympics can be an economic catalyst.