Austerity Olympics

When the Games Came to London in 1948

by Janie Hampton

Austerity Olympics

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Janie Hampton remembers the 1948 London Olympics, which took place in a city still recovering from World War II and cost less than one-one hundredth of a percent of London 2012's budget.

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"[They were] the games that came after the austerity. Now, some [joker] might say that this time around it's the austerity that comes after the games," Grozier quips. Back in 1948, however, the London Games helped send the message that London was back.

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