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BBC Beijing Winter Olympics
The ski Big Air event is underway for the first time in Olympic history at the Beijing Winter Games - but people have more to say about the industrial setting of Shougang Park, likening it to a "dystopian" hellscape.
The colourful new park was built by Beijing and is quite the contrast to the former steel mill factory that used to stand in the west of the city. In 2008, China closed the factory when the capital hosted the Summer Olympic Games, for the purposes of an image overhaul and to improve air quality, AP reported.
With the bright artificial snow inside the 200-foot structure contrasting against a snowless backdrop, the urban surroundings glaringly stick out within the setting, while remains of factories and machinery rust, greenery and nature return as trees grow and can be seen in the background.
It seems the unusual setting is a hit with the Olympic competitors as American freestyle skier Alex Hall told AP: “The like, crazy smokestack things in the back are pretty cool."
Easily the saddest Olympics venue I\u2019ve ever seen. Imagine training your entire life, leading up to this moment, and this is where you compete.https://twitter.com/bullandbaird/status/1490851374078251009\u00a0\u2026
— Christopher Parker (@Christopher Parker)
It's like a dystopian video game.https://twitter.com/BullandBaird/status/1490851374078251009\u00a0\u2026
Imagine exiting your COVID quarantine hotel after two weeks of eating cold bolognese, being put on a bus, and competing at this venue.https://twitter.com/LeaMaric/status/1490675962710736899\u00a0\u2026
— Danny Cowan-Turner (@Danny Cowan-Turner)
It does seem odd that in all of China, of even just the Beijing area, this was chosen as the best place to put this given the\u2026 rather obvious optics issues.https://twitter.com/BullandBaird/status/1490851374078251009\u00a0\u2026
However, there were a few supporters who thought the transformation from an industrial factory to a sporting venue was inspired.
To see the Shougang steel mill, once Beijing's biggest source of pollution, transformed into a sports park without erasing its industrial heritage is actually pretty awesome.https://twitter.com/BullandBaird/status/1490851374078251009\u00a0\u2026
— Simon Rabinovitch (@Simon Rabinovitch)
that looks so sick what the fuck are you talking abouthttps://twitter.com/leamaric/status/1490675962710736899\u00a0\u2026
looks like they saved a ton of money by building it somewhere that didn't involve displacing people for what are essentially, big circuseshttps://twitter.com/LeaMaric/status/1490675962710736899\u00a0\u2026
Some of the former industrial buildings have been transformed with one of the blast furnaces being transformed into an event space with shops, commercial offices and a museum, AP reported and there are even plans to turn one of the cooling towers into a wedding venue.
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