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First Thoughts on Sochi Olympics

by on February 10th, 2014

The Winter Olympics in Sochi are officially underway and here are my first thoughts. To start off, there was a ton of controversy before the games even began due to the state of affairs in Sochi. Although the Olympic Village was in good shape, hotels were unprepared and conditions for fans and journalists traveling to the games were terrible. I’m glad I get to watch from the comfort of my living room!

The opening ceremonies were beautiful, but were also marked with a glitch. One of the Olympic Rings failed to light up completely. The big controversy there was that on Russian TV, they cut away to rehearsal coverage so that many viewers were unaware. But here in the United States, we saw what really happened. Take a peek:

Early news from the events is following most predictions. Norway is leading the medal count with 7 total after the first two days. The United States, Russian Federation, Canada and the Netherlands are all right behind with 4 medals apiece. For the US, Jamie Anderson took gold in the women’s Slopestyle event. Personally, I’m looking forward to hockey, which gets underway on ¬†February 12. The favorites this time are Canada, Russia, Sweden, and the United States. It would be great to see Russia take on the USA. It would be a nice throwback to the famous Miracle on Ice game from the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics. We’ll just have to wait and see how it all plays out.

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