Like many early Winter Olympic venues, the Games put the tiny town of Squaw Valley in California on the worldwide map. Now, it's a major ski destination. The first televised Games also helped popularize skiing on the West Coast.
Before the Olympics, Squaw Valley had one chairlift and lodging for 50 people. The Games helped the town develop the infrastructure, including roads, lodging and chairlifts, to turn it into a winter sports destination.
"The Olympic Winter Games were really what built up the resort," said Amelia Richmond, a spokesperson for the Squaw Valley resort.
Squaw Valley also made wise decisions about building temporary structures for events that wouldn't likely be used much after the Games, Wilson said.