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March 1, 2014

In Your Opinion: Russia should have done better with Olympics

Any time a country is awarded the chance to host the Olympics, it has enough time and has always come through and did what it was supposed to: provide safe arenas and village for the athletes. So why couldn’t Sochi, Russia?

Our athletes train hard, earn their place on teams to compete with other countries. They arrived in Sochi to bad water, buckets by toilets for paper products, no pillows, no doorknobs to their rooms. The areas with snow were soft and slushy. In my opinion, Russia spent way too much in its opening ceremony. Russian history could have been done without the extreme expense spent. Toned down, the monies could have finished the athletes’ village and fixed all the problems.

Seems Russia was more concerned about the wild dogs visitors would see, so it planned on shooting them. Thank goodness for Russian wealthy people rescuing them and thus saving their lives. An American athlete collected puppies, got their shots and is arranging their trip to the States.

Then there is Chobani donating 5,000 yogurts to the American team, not for sale. Russia claims the wrong papers were filed. Why? Comes to light Russia didn’t like Chobani’s accepting gays. So in this day and age, we still have to listen how people still cannot accept gays. They are people who live and work just like the rest of us.

But what does this have to do with the athletes? Or us feeding our team yogurt? Or anything else in the Olympics?

Why hasn’t the Olympic Committee that chose Sochi approach the Russian government to get these concerns and priorities in order?

Whether you agree or disagree, it is how I feel. I am sorry if I offended anyone. Angry.

Diane Thorngren-Poggioli

Oneonta

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