The 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games are over. After making so much fun of President Vladimir Putin, he prevailed after all. Not only was there no sign of terrorism, and the norovirus did not attack, Russia easily won the most medals:
- They recruited Victor An (formerly known as Hyun-soo Ahn of South Korea), who anchored the Russian speedskating team, which won three golds and a bronze. He missed beating the entire South Korean speedskating short track team by one medal.
- They recruited Victor (note that they are both Victors--and this is a purposeful pun) Wild, an American from the Pacific Northwest, who has a Russian wife. Wild gained Russian citizenship, training paradise (something the USA did not do for his specialty, which was the snowboard parallel giant slalom), and two golds.
- Take away those six medals and the USA easily beats Russia.
- Host nations always over perform anyway. The crowd is supportive and the food/language provides comfort.
- Russia developed a four-year plan and provided wide and comprehensive support for training, winning medals in ten different winter sports.
Was Sochi worth it? Supposedly, the $51 billion (some say the final bill will be in the neighborhood of $67 billion) was more than the cost of all the other Winter Olympics, COMBINED!!!.
Some final photos:
The final second of the Olympic Flame:
- Rio: 2014 World Cup (June 12 to July 13, 2014)
- Rio: 2016 Summer Olympics (August 5 to 21, 2016)
- PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics (February 9 to 25, 2018)