Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Area Proud of Olympian Effort Officials Rate Festival a Success, Now Hope for Even Bigger Events

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Area Proud of Olympian Effort Officials Rate Festival a Success, Now Hope for Even Bigger Events

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More than 3,000 athletes who gave their all in sultry weather they won't soon forget. An army of volunteers who worked 18-hour days in that team sport called community effort.

Call it a wrap for the 13th U.S. Olympic Festival.

As officials prepared for Sunday night's closing of the 10-day blowout, they couldn't help but dream about even bigger sporting events to come.

St. Louis County Executive George R. "Buzz" Westfall said Saturday that the festival not only leaves behind millions of dollars in local hotels, restaurants and stores, but also puts St. Louis in good position to bid for an Olympics.

"Now nobody can say we're a question mark," Westfall said. "We did it and did it well. I'm really proud of St. Louis."

Festival president Mike Dyer says he will have two special memories.

"One was the way the festival staff keeps coming back day after 18- to 20-hour days and making this thing work," he said. "The other is the great enthusiasm of our volunteers. …

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