No, the big air ski jump of the Olympics is not next to a nuclear power plant in Beijing

If you were expecting incredible mountain views and incredible amounts of snow for the ski jump during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, think again.

Instead, you will be treated to an interesting and unique background that will ask you an important question.

Are they ski jumping on a . † † nuclear power plant?

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The backdrop of Beijing ski jump certainly looks like you would imagine the stereotypical power plant. It’s complete with Olympic-branded silos that look like they could serve as cooling towers for the country.

However, the ski jump is not kept next to a nuclear power plant. The background is slightly different and recalls how Shougang was a thriving mill district in Beijing.

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Is the ski jump in Beijing next to a nuclear power plant?

The background of the ski jump in Beijing is not a nuclear power plant, or anything like that.

As described by NPR, the event will take place in a district of Beijing called Shougang. The area used to be one of the largest steel and iron factories in all of China. However, it closed shortly after the 2008 Summer Olympics and has since been repurposed.

In 2010, Shougang was officially closed in Beijing. The pollution and noise were just too much. Beijing had the choice: demolish the old mill or clean up and renovate. They chose the latter.

The massive concrete silos where workers once stored metal ore and coal are now austere office spaces and other parts have been converted into snow cannons.

The silos are not only used as offices and snow cannons. Some have been converted into museums and restaurants to attract tourists. One even becomes a wedding venue.

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The decor of the ski jump events is certainly unique. That’s part of the reason it has drawn some comparisons to the fictional home of “The Simpsons”, Springfield.

Nothing says Winter Olympics quite like a scenic backdrop of Chinese nuclear power plants ☢️.

— Kirk Haston (@KirkHaston35IU) February 7, 2022

But while the site’s surroundings may look like a nuclear power plant, it’s just a historic part of Beijing that has been repurposed to improve air quality.

Brain Holt

Brain Holt is an American journalist and news anchor for the weekday edition of login-daten and Dateline login-daten.

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