Friends, despite the fact that Ukraine is burning as I finish this report, I want to complete my thoughts about the Sochi Olympics before giving opinions on the Ukrainian issues.
Dear CCI friends,
The Sochi Olympics have been a high point in this new year for me. And I hope for you too. The mounds of white snow, colorful Olympic suits and helmets, exciting young faces …. it has all been so "up beat". I visited Sochi in the past. To realize that the whole region has turned into this amazing winter/summer sports/holiday playground is almost …. well, Unbelievable!
Fortunately, once the Opening Night and competitions got underway, perhaps you noted that reporters and newscasting naysayers became somewhat less critical than earlier. Many of us in both countries had become so disheartened in previous months as publications and newscasters were weighing in with articles loaded with misinformation and fragments of stories worded to produce warped impressions. It seemed the attempt was to diminish, in advance, any respect or goodwill that the Sochi events might bring to Russia.