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Russia Promises a Grand 2014 Olympics

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NPR reports Despite Critics, Russia Promises a Grand Olympic Spectacle 

 

Russia prepares Sochi, a beach resort town, into the location of the 2014 Winter Olympics.  

How will this impact future of this resort town? 

 

Some say the infrastructure will make this area easier to access for long term tourism, while some locals feel displaced.  

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Some of the locals will always be unhappy about having the Games at their playground.  Sometimes the unhappy campers win like the Denver 76 games that never were.  The only certainty is that the playground will never be the same again. Good luck Russia. It will be interesting to see how large and how international the crowds are.

 

Being a protester in Sochi could cause big changes in their lives; as in, 'I hear the winters are longer in Siberia'. 

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Good "summer at Epic" thread.  

 

Anyone want to bet just how disorganized the Olympics will be? Odds are its going to be odd....

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From the looks of their YouTube dashcam videos, the traffic ought to move pretty well around the venues and events

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This promises to be the easiest site ever to get around since many of the events are within an easy walking distance. Putin and Medvedev have something in common (we'll, several things in common): They both ski. Putin already had some radical Islamists arrested as a precaution hoping to prevent trouble at the games.

The USA will have great skiing storylines with the old (Bode), the new (Shiffrin), the rehabbed ((Vonn and Bode), the reigning king of the GS (Ligety), the woman who comes out of the woodwork for the games (Mancuso), the skiing cover girl doing a rich golfer, at least three people who can win the combined, and a pack of speed skiers who can win on this relatively shorter mountain. Too bad we all have to find a link to someplace other than NBC to get decent coverage of the events. NBC is great for curling, but that is about it.
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