Friday, 18 November 2011

Tallinn's Olympic History


Just outside our hotel in Talllinn, an intriguing statue kept catching our eye. When we wandered across to see what it was 'for' we found a little plaque, referencing the Olympic sailing which had taken place nearby. We scratched our heads... neither of us remembered hearing about an Estonian Olympics.

And then it all clicked into place: 1980. USSR. It was the Moscow Olympics which held its sailing events here.

This got me wondering - are countries without coastline barred from hosting the Olympics? Or if not, are there any cases where the sailing competitions have taken place in a different country (that was distinct at the time)?



Charlotte said...

Wow, that's really interesting! I have no idea!

Also, please forgive me for being the worst bloggy friend ever. I've kinda fallen off the face of the planet for a while, but I've missed you! XOXO

Anonymous said...

I've no idea.. but a quick look on wikipedia suggests that the truly landlocked countries are at the moment not really wealthy enough to want to run the Olympics. And a decent-sized lake would probably, anyway.

Tabor said...

Yes, the Olympics is very expensive and most countries do not recoup the output. YOu do lead such an interesting life with all your travels!

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