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PostPosted: Sun 01.26.2014, 17:44 
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Apparently a bunch of concern from many athletes about the safety in place:

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Security is a major concern leading up to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and Team Canada goaltender Mike Smith isn't taking any chances.

The Phoenix Coyotes goalie told reporters Wednesday that he will not be taking his family with him to Sochi next month, saying that while he believes he will be safe, he doesn’t want to expose his wife and kids to unnecessary risk.

“They’re not gonna go. It’s not worth it,” Smith told FOX Sports Arizona’s Todd Walsh. “For myself, it’s about thinking if [my wife is] OK when I’m not with her. It’s unfortunate, but it’s just the way it is.”

He's not the only one. US speedskater Tucker Fredricks also asked his family to stay home and not go to Sochi.

These will be the first Olympic Games for Smith, who joins fellow goalies Roberto Luongo and Carey Price on a Canadian squad favored to defend the gold medal it won in Vancouver in 2010.

“From everything I’ve heard, the Olympic village will be very secure and once we’re over there, I’m sure everything will be fine,” Smith said. “But obviously with what’s gone on there leading up to the Olympics, there’s always some concern.


“The Olympics are supposed to be an exciting time, and one that so many athletes train so hard for. When there’s that extra baggage of security concerns and other things like that, it’s obviously frustrating.”

Russian officials are hunting down three potential suicide bombers, including one believed in be in Sochi. The State Department is telling those attending the games to remain attentive to personal security. President Barack Obama and other US lawmakers also have expressed serious concerns.

Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien, who will serve as an assistant on the Canada staff, said earlier this week that the security issues surrounding these Olympics have definitely crossed his mind.

“Well, I don’t think you can stand here and say there’s not concerns at all [about Sochi security],” Julien said, via ESPN.com. “You don’t like seeing what’s going on but there’s no doubt that what’s happened lately is certainly — they’re trying to obviously shake us and probably in a lot of cases they are succeeding. But that is the thing that we have to do: We have to try and fight through that.”

The men’s hockey tournament is set to begin Wednesday, Feb. 12.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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I sure as hell wouldn't be taking my family if I was playing in the games.


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I love how a large portion of the Olympic budget went to BUYING SNOW FOR THE WINTER OLYMPICS!!!

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I love how a large portion of the Olympic budget went to BUYING SNOW FOR THE WINTER OLYMPICS!!!



seems legit....


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I found this article very interesting and informative:

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Jan. 26, 2014 4:31 PM ET
Column: Danger in Sochi, and an Olympics on edge
By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Columnist THE ASSOCIATED PRESS STATEMENT OF NEWS VALUES AND PRINCIPLES



The countdown to Sochi was supposed be joyous, a celebration of all things Russian and the Olympics, too.

Instead it's been nothing but a grim reminder that Olympic officials had no idea what they were getting when they bought into Vladimir Putin's visions of surf and snow and handed him a Winter Olympics to call his own.

Every day seems to bring a new threat or another warning. Every day strains the nerves more, to the point where some athletes are telling family and friends it's not worth the risk to go, even for the most important moment of their lives.

Suicide bombings a few hundred miles away. Threats of more to come in Sochi itself. A hardened militant group nearby with an immense hatred of Putin and Russia and little regard for human life.

And a general uneasiness that no matter how many billions they've spent, the Russians really aren't ready for this at all.

If the latest news that three so-called "black widows" intent on carrying out suicide bombings are believed to already be in Sochi isn't enough to put a damper on the fun and games, consider this:

The same Islamic militants who assassinated the Russian-backed leader of Chechnya — the father of the current president — in 2004 have not only have declared their intention to attack the games but demonstrated with his death that they have the creativity and means to do just that.

"There is precedence to this," warned Lt. Col. Robert Schaefer, a Green Beret who literally wrote the book about the brutal conflict in the North Caucasus region. "It's important to think about how (Chechen president Ramzan) Kadyrov's father was killed at a stadium rally. During construction at the stadium they buried two 155 mm artillery shells in the concrete below the VIP bleachers. Then they waited until the elder Kadyrov attended and they detonated it."

Think about that as you watch the opening ceremonies unfold in all their grandeur on television. Or when Shaun White attempts some flips, and the worst thing that seems possible is that he wipes out at the top of the half pipe.

Yes, Olympics have been a target of terrorists ever since the 1972 massacre of Israeli athletes and team members in Munich. A lone wolf bombing in Atlanta killed one person in 1996, and the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City were clouded by fears of the 9/11 attacks that had taken place just months earlier.

But never have the threats seemed so real as they do in Putin's playground by the Black Sea, just on the other side of the mountains from an area steeped in blood and years of conflict that include two recent wars between Russia and Chechnya unmatched for the brutality on both sides.

Already, militants have claimed responsibility for two bombings that killed 34 people in a train station and on a bus in Volgograd, about 400 miles from Sochi. One of their top leaders has called for his followers to "do their utmost to derail" the games, describing them as "satanic dances on the bones of our ancestors."

These aren't people used to making idle boasts. They've been fighting Russians for generations and are blamed for some of the most savage terrorism attacks in recent years, including a Moscow theater takeover in 2002 that ended in 170 deaths and a school siege two years later in North Caucasus where more than 300 died, many of them children, when Russian troops stormed the building.

And they roam not far from venues where the world's best ice and snow athletes will perform in front of television cameras beaming it all to hundreds of millions of people around the world.

"It doesn't take an expert to look at that region and say the Olympics will be such a large target that insurgents will not try to do something," said Schaefer, who will be in Sochi as a security analyst for NBC. "There has been an average of 10 to 15 attacks in North Caucasus every month in recent years. It's just now the press is paying more attention to it."

That's more than can be said about the IOC delegates who decide where every Olympics will go. They were won over in 2007 by a personal appearance by Putin, voting for his Olympics over Pyeongchang, South Korea, and Salzburg, Austria, after being assured that the coastal area of Sochi and the snow-capped mountains behind it would provide a spectacular backdrop for the games.

Apparently, the delegates never read the history books about a region long in turmoil. Or maybe they just were too busy having cocktails and getting picture taken with Putin they forgot to look at a map that shows Dagestan, now the most volatile part of the area, just 300 miles east of Sochi.

What was supposed to be a trouble-free Olympics built at a cost of $12 billion is now a bloated games costing more than $50 billion — with one IOC official saying a third went to bribes, kickbacks and other corruption. Hundreds, if not thousands, of residents were displaced from their homes for Olympic construction, and an AP reporter just this month visited residents without running water and using outhouses less than 2 miles away from the main Olympic cluster.

Add into that the uproar over Russia's new anti-gay law, Putin's recent clumsy effort that seemed to equate gays with pedophiles, and the fact a third of the tickets have gone unsold as foreigners for the most part are staying away.

But it's the danger of terrorism that is most worrisome, despite an exclusion zone spreading out miles around Sochi and the tens of thousands of police, troops and other security personnel that will be on patrol in Sochi and the surrounding area.

Schaefer said one of his biggest concerns is that construction workers — many of them foreigners — could have taken bribes to look the other way while explosives were buried or caches of weapons stored in the frenzied buildup of facilities over the last few years. Another is that the railway bringing in almost all the spectators is a prime target stretching hundreds of miles that is incredibly hard to completely defend.

"The Russians are definitely pulling out all the stops," said Schaefer, author of the 2011 book "The Insurgency in Chechnya and the North Caucasus: From Gazavat to Jihad." ''I have people in the country now saying they have roadblocks completely around Sochi four hours out and people are not getting in unless they demonstrate they have good reason. But we're talking about a committed group of people, and even the best security in the world may not be able to stop everything. We had great security at the Boston Marathon as well."

Ultimately, Schaefer said, the best chance these games may have to be safe will be because of the same man who brought them to the doorstop of his vacation home in the area. Putin, he said, came to power because he was a strong figure at the time of the second Chechen war, and he wants to show in his second tenure as president that he has put down the rebellion.


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"Most corrupt Games ever..."
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The scapegoating of LGBT people also turns attention away from what appears to be the most corrupt Olympics in history—which is quite a feat. Conservative estimates put the cost of the Sochi Games at $51 billion. This is more than 400 percent higher than originally planned, and it would make the Sochi Games the most expensive in history—in fact, more expensive than all of the other Winter Olympics Games combined. The costs have not been accrued because of security concerns, although there will be 30,000 soldiers on the ground and an unprecedented amount of surveillance. Instead, the huge sums involved are the result of some of the most brazen cronyism imaginable.

Industrialists Arkady and Boris Rotenberg, childhood friends of Putin’s, have received twenty-one government contracts, worth a total of $7.4 billion. That’s more than the entire cost of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. A different project, a thirty-one-mile railway project from the coastal Olympic village in Sochi to the one in the mountains, will cost a staggering $8.7 billion. Russian Esquire estimated that for $8.7 billion, the tracks could “have been paved entirely with a centimeter-thick coating of beluga caviar.”

As Russian opposition leaders Boris Nemtsov and Leonid Martynyuk wrote, “Only oligarchs and companies close to Putin got rich. The absence of fair competition [and] cronyism…have led to a sharp increase in the costs and to the poor quality of the work to prepare for the Games.” In his blog, Nemtsov added, “The fact is that almost everything that is related to the cost problems and abuses in preparation for the Olympic Games was carefully concealed and continues to be covered up by the authorities.”

There’s quite a lot in the article about the LGBT issues around this Olympics — that’s the primary point of the piece and an excellent reason to read it.



But the corruption angle should not be ignored. In fact, it could be very helpfully tied to the overall picture of Putin and the Russian state painted by both portraits. Putin’s Russia is best described as a “kleptocracy,” a country looted by its rulers. (We’re well on our way there as well. The difference is, in Russia, Putin holds the reins. Here the wealth hold the reins and our “leaders” are merely the horses pulling the cart — most of them anyway.)

There’s no more visceral portrait than a bigot driven by greed and corruption. My suggestion — tar Putin with both brushes and those not disgusted with the one image will be disgusted by the other. #CheersToSochi indeed.

http://americablog.com/2014/01/sochi-ma ... story.html

Is Russia funding this or do they get subsidized by other Olympics countries?


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Apparently Sochi is indeed poisoning stray dogs and that's what I stumbled upon this morning. A pretty disturbing scene. Large dogs, too.


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those Chechens don't fuk around either. They're the Muslim terrorists who butchered that school full of kids a decade or so ago (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_o ... age_crisis).

morbid curiosity will make this Olympics interesting. You never know when a bomb will go off. :(

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Heard yesterday that Sochi Olympic area/village (whatever it was) is the most heavily guarded spot in the world right now concerning both police and military staff and resources

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Heard yesterday that Sochi Olympic area/village (whatever it was) is the most heavily guarded spot in the world right now concerning both police and military staff and resources

Was reading last night that while this might be true, many of these people don't speak the same language. Which is causing problems obviously. Different dialects I guess. :?


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Nope. Don't care about any Olympics let alone the winter kind.


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birddog wrote:
Heard yesterday that Sochi Olympic area/village (whatever it was) is the most heavily guarded spot in the world right now concerning both police and military staff and resources

Was reading last night that while this might be true, many of these people don't speak the same language. Which is causing problems obviously. Different dialects I guess. :?


If there's an incident and they get fired, they can always get a job singing songs for Coca Cola.

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DropkickFluties wrote:
SnakeStabler wrote:
birddog wrote:
Heard yesterday that Sochi Olympic area/village (whatever it was) is the most heavily guarded spot in the world right now concerning both police and military staff and resources

Was reading last night that while this might be true, many of these people don't speak the same language. Which is causing problems obviously. Different dialects I guess. :?


If there's an incident and they get fired, they can always get a job singing songs for Coca Cola.

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