Yeah but given the fact that Putin pretty much has bought and paid for his position, short of a massive architectural disaster (like that skill jump sliding down the hill in mid completion) I don't see anything coming of it in Russia.
Of course the NEXT time they try to do an Olympics...I'm sure the comitte will be reminded ENDLESSLY about it.
I just had a mental image of how the history will be written that the Russian Winter Olympics of 2014 will be remembered (in the official history books in Russia) as one of the best since the Soviet days;
Journalist: "Well, the games are over and thank God it's over! The accommodations were bad and the infrastructure in bad shape. Aside from the athletic events, I'll say this has been one of the worst Oylim-" the journalist is interrupted by a group of tall broad men in sunglasses and wearing winter greatcoats.
Goon 1: "You giving report on Olympics, yes? It was good. One of the best on record. So says Russian government."
Journalist: "Uum.. no. it was pretty bad in a lot of areas. I felt like I was living in a gulag."
Goon 1: "No. You are mistaken. This was one of the best Olympics ever."
Journalist: "No. It wasn't.." His voice trails off as several men move to stand very close behind him.
Goon 1: "It was one of best on record, yes?"
Journalist: "Aaaahh." Shifts nervously. "No. It wa-" Two large hands settle on his shoulders and two objects poke him in the back, pistol barrels.
Goon 1: "Repeat after me. 'The Olympics was one of the best on record.' This is the word of the Russian government. It was good. There were no problems at Sochi. Everything went fine as good caviar."
Journalist: swallowing hard, he repeats it.
Goon 1: "Good. Now repeat it again."
Journalist: "But it's a lie! It was not one of the better ones."
Goon 1: gestures with a finger and the two goons behind the journalist thumb back the hammers with a noticeable click
. "'The Olympics was one of the best on record.' This is the word of the Russian government. It was good. There were no problems at Sochi. Everything went fine as good caviar." The man's eyes narrow slightly. "This is the truth as we say it is. Those who do not believe will be made to believe." Lifts a hard ham like fist under the reporter's nose.
Journalist: swallows hard and nods. "OK. Ok."
No offense to anyone, that's just the first thing that popped into my mind when I say Callie's post.