The Games of the "Putingrad Olympiad" are finally upon us. Will Sochi 2014 measure up to Vancouver 2010? Or will these Games on the Russian riviera be known for fear (of terrorism), greed (rampant corruption) and bathroom jokes (toxic tapwater and twin toilets)? Who will own the podium?
Good luck, Russia/Udachi, Rossiya/Удачи, Россия
Four years after Vancouver, where Canada owned the gold step of the podium, many Canadians still have fond memories of that magical February. Many more wonder about the costs.
Here are links to some of my recent stories about the Games of the Great Recession. The legacy, the comedy and the tragedy.
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