I don't think Sotchi has to be afraid that its spectacle will turn into another Owe-limpics like most of the previous ones, since Mother Russia and Father Putin are most likely very happy to pay.
I happened to switch to the broadcast at the moment when a Russian flag was being formed by torch-bearing serfs and the Russian national anthem was playing. Then the commentator opened his ugly mouth:
"Whenever we heard this SONG before, we were in for a good Hockey game".
OUCH! Referring to another nation's national anthem as a song is bad enough. Reducing Russia to a worthy opponent of past Hockey games must be new low point in Canadian-Russian relations.
|Red Square (not my pic)|
After these comments, I decide to self-exile myself from Vancouver to my own private Siberia:
|Outside temperatures are a reminder of Siberia|
Also along the lines of the Siberia feeling: Even though Langdale is only a 40 min ferry ride from Vancouver, I always get the feeling of approaching a desolate fishing village on some remote Northern coast.
|Langdale Ferry Terminal|