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Beijing Upcycles Abandoned Steel Mill Into Winter Olympic Paradise

Skiers and snowboarders will catch big air on top of the former eyesore and environmental wasteland.

South gate to the Shougang Park on Jan. 1, 2022.

South gate to the Shougang Park on Jan. 1, 2022.

Photographer: Yufan Lu for Bloomberg Markets
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At the 2022 Winter Olympics, elite athletes will ski, slide, and glide over a former pollution problem in China’s capital city.

In the Shijingshan District, once the manufacturing heart of Beijing, Shougang Group Co.’s steel mill used to be a major contributor to urban smog. But the state-owned steel company closed the plant more than a decade ago, and the area has been renovated into a gleaming Olympic venue.