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RIO DE JANEIRO -- The celebrations are done and the torch extinguished, but now that the Olympics are gone, Rio is left with questions about what will become of the citys plan to convert the Olympic Park into a bustling recreational district with luxury apartments and offices. Swell Water Bottle Uk Sale .Amid a continuing national recession, the consortium behind the park has sold less than 7 percent of the Olympic Villages 3,604 apartments, and real estate experts worry a similar fate is ahead for the main Olympic site where the city is hoping private companies build housing and offices in close to half of the parks land.Right now we are in the bottom of a well. Nobody is making offers on apartments, and there are many apartments sitting empty, said Claudio Tavares de Alencar, president of the Latin American Real Estate Society.When Rio de Janeiro was picked as the Olympic host city seven years ago, the country was a darling of the emerging markets. Rich oil fields had been discovered and, in 2010, the nations economy grew by 7.5 percent. Bidding wars for apartments were common then, and in 2005 some 1,500 apartments built for the Pan American Games sold out just hours after they went on the market.The financial landscape is far different now. Brazils economy contracted 3.8 percent last year and is expected to keep shrinking, affected by a slowing demand for iron ore and other commodities. Across the nation, more than 5 million people have lost their jobs since the end of 2014.Theres an oversupply of apartments all over Rio, obvious by the sight of partially built towers. After years of rising, prices per square meter have dropped 6 percent in the last year and a half to 10,241 reals, or about $3,200, according to real estate index FipeZap. With financial institutions charging prohibitively high rates for lending, real estate agencies have begun offering incentives such as honeymoon trips or private school tuition.Rio 2016 organizers and city officials have not talked about how the weak market could affect the potential for development of the 12.7-million-square-foot Olympic Park and its environs. But Leonardo Schneider, vice president of Rios housing union, said residential and commercial space are key pieces of the puzzle and that too many buildings around the park are unfinished or vacant.The problem is how we fill up those apartments, said Schneider. As good as it sounds to live in the Olympic Park, its going to take some time to find occupants and transform the area.Carlos Carvalho, the billionaire who developed the Olympic Park and village, has infuriated many in a country that desperately needs subsidized housing for saying the athletes village caters to the citys elite. It is called Ilha Pura -- Pure Island -- and apartments average 1.4 million reals ($435,000), offering amenities such as pools, a spa and a beauty salon. Penthouses of 1,700 square feet go for up to 2.3 million reals ($700,000). Another wealthy developer is building luxury marble and glass high-rise apartments around the Olympic golf course, with units that will start at about $2 million.They are very nice-looking apartments, said Idenir Cunha, a 67-year-old retired physicians assistant who lives in an older complex nearby. If I had the money, I would love to buy one. But in the middle of this crisis, who does?London 2012s village was turned into an affordable-housing complex, where people paid below-market purchase prices. In Rio, a study by real estate data company Geoimovel found that the villages apartments were advertising for well above the average price of most apartments with same features in Barra da Tijuca, a neighborhood of flashy shopping malls and lavish high-rise apartments that is home to the Olympic Park and athletes village.Many in Brazil protested the 39.1 billion Brazilian reals, or $12 billion, in public and private money that went to building Olympic venues and infrastructure, and the spending isnt over.The city will pay more than $300 million to dismantle or convert some of the sporting venues inside Olympic Park. The arena that housed fencing and taekwondo will be turned into a school for about 1,000 students with a focus on sport. A racetrack will be added to the park. And salvaged materials from one of the stadiums will be used to build four schools elsewhere, the city says.Brazil faced scrutiny for building expensive venues for the 2014 World Cup that wound up being barely used after the event. Some of the stadiums that cost several times their initial estimates were built in remote areas without first-division soccer teams and are now playing host to weddings or are used as parking lots.With the Olympics, everything was conceived in terms of what it would become after the games, Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes said this weekend in an interview with Globo TV. As for white elephants? No way, he said.------Adriana Gomez Licon is on Twitter http://twitter.com/agomezlicon Swell Bottle Sale . The International Olympic Committee released the official list of bid cities on Friday after the deadline for applications had passed. The candidates -- all previously announced in their own countries -- are: Almaty, Kazakhstan; Beijing; Krakow, Poland; Lviv, Ukraine; Oslo, Norway; and Stockholm. Swell Traveler Uk . The Americans, skipped by John Shuster, seized the advantage in the eighth end by scoring five points for a 7-3 lead. The Czechs pulled two back in the ninth, but Shusters team of third Jeff Isaacson, second Jared Zezel and lead John Landsteiner ended with another point to secure the last Olympic berth on offer. http://www.swellbottleuk.com/sale-swell-bottle-marble-uk.html . Olli Jokinen, Mark Scheifele, and Bryan Little each had a goal and an assist as Winnipeg won 5-2, handing Calgary its record-setting seventh consecutive loss on home ice. STILLWATER, Okla. -- West Virginia has been praised for its solid defense in a league that doesnt offer much of it.The 10th-ranked Mountaineers (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) will be tested again Saturday. Oklahoma State (5-2, 3-1), led by strong-armed junior quarterback Mason Rudolph, ranks 11th nationally in passing offense and 14th in scoring with 41.1 points per game. The Mountaineers, who allowed just 17 points to Texas Tech and 10 to TCU, will need to be at their best to remain undefeated and in position for a spot in the College Football Playoff.The thing that scares you more than anything is just their drop back passing game, getting the ball down the field and scoring it in a hurry, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said. Theyre averaging 40-some points a game. Theyre capable of scoring more than that, so we have to be on guard with what theyre doing.West Virginia ranks 12th nationally in pass efficiency defense. The Mountaineers have seven interceptions, led by Rasul Douglas three picks. And the Mountaineers rank 15th nationally in scoring defense, despite ranking just 57th in total defense.They keep you out of the end zone and theyve got a good score-zone defense, Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said. They do a nice job defending both the run and the pass, especially the pass. Theyre a unique defense in which they can drop eight defenders and then also play eight-man front football. So, theyre very unique in their style, they create some challenges for you offensively.Oklahoma States offense has become more dangerous in recent weeks since freshman running back Justice Hill emerged as a threat. The 170-pound speedster ranks third in conference play with 119 yards rushing per game.Here are some things of interest heading into Saturdays game:WATCHING WICKLINEWest Virginias offensive coordinator has quite a history with Oklahoma State. The former Cowboys offensive line coach took a job at Texas in 2014, and headaches followed. Oklahoma State sued him for breach oof contract, arguing he made a lateral move to Texas and didnt take a promotion with play-calling duties as stated was needed for such a move in his contract. Marble Water Bottle Cheap. The sides settled, and Wickline says there are no hard feelings.Its another game, were all professionals, its business, and we take care of the student-athletes, he said. We take care of whats at hand, where were at, and we kind of dismiss that and move on to the next thing.THE OTHER GUYJames Washington is Oklahoma States most accomplished receiver, but Jalen McCleskey is its most consistent. He leads the team with 38 catches, and he has four touchdowns this season. Washington was limited to one catch for nine yards last week against Kansas, but McCleskey stepped up with six catches for 129 yards.KICKIN ITBen Grogan became Oklahoma States all-time leading scorer last week against Kansas. He passed Dan Bailey, who now kicks for the Dallas Cowboys. Grogan, the leading active scorer in the Big 12, has made his past seven field-goal attempts.MUCH IMPROVEDWest Virginias Skyler Howards passer rating (157.4) is 23 points higher than last season. He ranks 15th nationally in yards passing per game and 14th in passer efficiency rating. He has improved most in taking care of the ball -- he has gone the past two games without throwing an interception and has thrown just four interceptions this season after throwing 14 in 13 games last year.OPPORTUNISTIC DOklahoma State doesnt always stop its opponents, but when it does, its usually with a turnover. The Cowboys lead the Big 12 with 16 turnovers forced -- eight fumbles and eight interceptions. Devante Averette already has recovered three fumbles this season and forced two, and Jordan Sterns and Ramon Richards both have intercepted two passes.---More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org---Follow Cliff Brunt on Twitter (at)CliffBruntAP ' ' '