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How an Olympic City is Chosen



How an Olympic City is Chosen
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     challenging words:    questionnaire, truckload, proposal, brotherhood, impressive, montreal, selection, hosted, review, hosting, prove, itself, capable, despite, host, vote
     content words:    International Olympic Committee, Olympic Games, New York, New Yorkers


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How an Olympic City is Chosen
By Ekaterina Zhdanova-Redman
  

1     Imagine your town or city being invaded by foreigners. Millions of them. They come from all over the globe, from places you're familiar with, places you've never heard of, and hundreds in between. And while they all look and sound very different from one another, they all have something in common: They love the Olympics and they're calling your town home for the next month. Think your town could handle it? Could you?
 
2     Think for a minute why a city would want to do that to itself. Millions of visitors can mean a lot of wear and tear, right? Imagine having to find places to stay for all those people. What about transportation - how would all those people get around? Cities all over the globe have fought bitterly to win the honor of hosting the Olympics. There are many reasons why.
 
3     One reason is pride. The Olympics have been around since 1896, each two years in a different city. A city and its country are very honored to host so many different people. As most people are proud of their city and country, they love to show it off. The Olympics try to bring athletes together with a feeling of international brotherhood, and cities that host Olympics are proud to be part of it.

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