Sochi 2014: Perspectives

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Visitors to the Olympic Cauldron and rings at the Olympic Park in the coastal cluster of Sochi / Adler.

It’s great to be writing one of my last 2014 Winter Olympics blogs from the comfort of my own bed in the United States. So what if it’s 2:40 pm? Judge lest ye be judged! After going nonstop for three weeks, this time to recharge my batteries was much needed and earned.

I initially set out to do a blog per day while I was in Russia, but things during the last week started to get really tiring. Late night finishes followed by early morning wake-ups for the next event left me with a choice of getting four hours of sleep, or getting two and posting a blog. To keep my health and sanity in check, I chose the former.

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Sochi 2014: Tears Of Pride

Anton Shipulin (RUS) nears the finish line in the men’s 4×7.5km relay during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center.

Despite all the negative, sensational news stories you’ve probably read about Sochi (and despite there being some truth to a few of them), there’s one thing that can’t be argued with about Russia: The citizens here have an immense amount of pride in their country, and are extremely proud to be hosting the Winter Olympics.

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Sochi 2014: How We’re Living

My daily morning view while waiting for the shuttle bus to the Gorki Media Center in front of our apartment building (at left) in the Rosa Khutor village of Russia.

When I first got settled on the ground here in Rosa Khutor (the area I’m actually living in, which is in the “mountain cluster” about an hour north of Sochi proper), I got a lot of texts and Facebook messages asking me about our living conditions. At the time, the American media was making a big to-do about the poor shape of the hotels many were arriving at. True enough, I had colleagues in Sochi who had to deal with brown running water, nights without electricity, on down to simple things like no shower curtains.

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Sochi 2014: Soaking Balance

Matt Margetts (CAN) competes in men’s ski halfpipe qualification during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.

I’m a strong believer in things being cyclical, that is, nature finding a balance for everything in life. Today, nature balanced out all those days I shot cross country skiing here at the Winter Olympics comfortably in a t-shirt by unleashing a day filled with cold temperatures, along with a constant downpour of rain and snow thrown in for good measure.

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