As the United States turned the Olympic Village in prison
• As the United States turned the Olympic Village in prison
Within a couple of weeks, a small town in upstate New York got its own Olympic village, which was attended by 1, 800 of the best athletes in the world. Despite the tensions of the Cold War (and the yard was the year 1980), the mood here was at the height. Only 6 months later, the US Bureau of Prisons to convert the building of the Olympic Village in the correctional facility, Ray Brook, still exists today. Hostels turned into cells, game room was transformed into a prison chapel.
And it was not an accident. From the beginning, America was planning construction of living quarters for athletes who could turn into a prison for 1,000 people. State and federal lawmakers have promised they will not allow objects Lake Placid become useless ruins, as it happens with similar villages usual.
Based on these premises, and architects began to design the complex. In addition, the dark print of terrorism has already begun to emerge over the world: in just a few years before these Olympics, the Palestinian radical group broke into the Munich competition (1972). Killed 11 Israeli athletes.
The lack of prisons
Now historians raise the legitimate question: Where in America in those years there were so many criminals, it is not enough prisons for them? In fact, as one of the developers of the Olympic Village, Ian Maklyuen, trying to find another use for secondary buildings. Hospitals, educational institutions, even boarding facilities - all of these projects have been rejected at the federal level. Country only prison was needed.
A cell in the backyard of
But the average American is not very honored politicians initiated the construction penetetsiarnyh institutions in the "white" suburbs. The prison in rural areas has been regarded as the perfect solution acceptable to all parties.
Thus, athletes from all countries gathered in America, and were surprised to find that they have to live in a real prison. Tiny room with bunk beds, crudely painted walls, doors, made of heavy steel. Despite the fact that the organizers have tried to add to the usual entertainment village (from disco to the hall of slot machines), high fence with barbed wire enclosing territory on the perimeter could not disguise anything.
Suddenly rioted locals. The Olympics has always been association with freedom and transformation of housing for athletes in jail in the head caused some dissonance Americans. Across the city began pickets, put up posters with the image of Olympic rings behind bars on the prison walls.
The sad result of
Unfortunately, public opinion could not have any influence on the bulky edifice of the state machine. All within a few months of the completion of the Olympic Games, the village took their new guests. On the original celebration of freedom and Sport reminded only flagpoles, banners lonely deprived. Now the tourist to see how the look of the Olympic Village, the 1980 Games will have to commit a federal crime. It is unlikely that the pleasure is worth it.