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Think of it!
A surplus for the Salt Lake Organizing Committee approaching a hundred million dollars! That, in a word, is phenomenal. Why not add a few more superlatives. Commendable! Laudable! Praiseworthy!
Instead of Utah taxpayers holding the bag, as many worried when the scandal erupted a few years ago, they are reaping the rewards of one of the most successful Winter Olympics ever.
Kudos to Mitt Romney, Fraser Bullock and the entire SLOC team for pulling off something many thought virtually impossible. To break even would have been a major accomplishment. To have millions left over for building legacies and endowing ongoing operation of valued facilities warrants the profound gratitude of all Utahns and future generations of potential Olympians.
Along with the money came even more recognition recently with the awarding of seven Emmy Awards for NBC’s outstanding television coverage of the Games. One or two awards would have been nice, but to win in almost every category entered underscores the excellence of the ceremonies viewed by a worldwide audience.
State and local business interests still have the challenge of capitalizing on the residual impact of what took place here last February. That, of course, is a work in progress.
Based on these latest developments, though, the Salt Lake Games truly were a resounding success!