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NYC 2014: What if New York hosted the Super Bowl of winter sports?

As the Sochi Olympics commence amongst a slew of issues ranging in severity, the New York Times has imagined what the games might look like in a more local context. Perhaps inspired by the weather of late, these renderings imagine what particular locations throughout New York City might look like playing host to a variety of events. The typically circular speedskating track has been unfurled into a 16,400 foot angled sprint from Madison to Battery Park. The ramps of the ski jump stretch out across Bryant Park to loom over the Public Library. A track for bobsled, luge, and skeleton races snakes through Times Square, curving amongst the billboards before a final straightaway past the Lion King. Downhill requires perhaps the most monumental intervention, with Central Park hosting a 2.2 mile long mountain twice the height of the Empire State Building standing 20 blocks to the south. The replica of the course from the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center is slightly larger than the most recent snow-covered artificial mound to grace Manhattan. Head over to the Times for more.
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The New Face of the Olympic Games

More Nine Inch Nails than Mount Rushmore, the upcoming Sochi Olympics will feature a new giant pinscreen that renders impressions of the faces of visitors to the Games. The pavilion for Russian mobile phone giants Megafon will play host to the installation, which was designed by British architect Asif Khan. "Megaface" will display three faces simultaneously, each measuring 20 by 26 feet. Every 20 seconds the images emerging from the wall will change, an interval that will allow some 170,000 unique faces to grace the facade of the building during the two-week duration of the Olympics. Khan worked closely with Swiss company iart, who developed the technology that makes such a spectacle possible.  10,000 telescopic cylinders capable of extending over 6 feet combine to form the facial images. Each "pin" is tipped with an led light that shines through a thin sheet draped over the facade that flexes as the images materialize. The source for the three-dimensional portraits comes from on-site photo-booths capable of making 3-d facial scans. Those who make an appearance on the wall will be sent a link depicting their visage emanating from the side of the pavilion.