Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Business & Finance
  3. Industry

The Winter Olympics were a Success

See also

Despite the real security concerns due to the terrorism that had occurred in nearby regions prior to the Olympics, the Winter games were a resounding success.

While the weather wasn't ideal,that is obviously beyond Russia's control. We think of Russia as a cold climate but Sochi is on the Black Sea and is subtropical. Moscow,on the other hand, is very cold in the winter,as are most large Russian cities.

The weather was also an issue in Vancouver in 2010 in Canada which is also perceived as a cold climate. While Vancouver is not sub tropical, it is temperate, -the snow in the nearby mountains wasn't ideal either.

What made the Russian games a success,were the venues. There were two clusters both in Sochi where the indoor events were held, known as the coastal cluster and a mountain cluster where the outdoor events took place.

Both areas were compact making it ideal for visitors and participants to walk or bicycle to the arenas and ski hills. The mountain cluster was only a 45 minute car ride from Sochi.

While these were the most expensive games ever, this was due to the facilities not already there and thus had to built from scratch,unlike Vancouver which had most of the venues already in place,except for the Olympic Village and the Richmond Oval, which was used for speed-skating.

There were reports of corruption in the construction of these facilities and certainly that was also a big factor in the huge cost overruns of these games.

The Sochi venues were said to be first class, the Russian people very hospitable and the village housing while spartan, was said to be clean and functional.

What was not to like?

Advertisement

News

  • Mt. Everest avalanche
    Disaster strikes Mt. Everest as at least 12 people were killed in an avalanche
    Video
    Watch Video
  • Most Earthlike planet discovered
    The Kepler telescope has discovered the most Earthlike, possibly habitable planet yet
    Space News
  • Easter crosses create debate
    Easter crosses spark a debate of separation of church and state in Ohio
    Headlines
  • Chelsea Clinton is preggers
    Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child
    Headlines
  • Stanley Cup playoffs
    The battle for Lord Stanley's Cup is on, don't miss a minute of playoff action
    Sports
  • Ukraine discussed amongst U.S., E.U., Russia
    The U.S., E.U. and Russia agree on ways to diffuse the tension in Ukraine
    Video
    Watch Video

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!