The Most Expensive Olympics Ever: The XXII Winter Olympics in Sochi
The Most Expensive Olympics Ever: The XXII Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia
First I must put a disclaimer I have always been a fan of the Olympics for many years and was partial to the Winter Olympics, since that is how I ended up leaving Hungry in 1964. (The pretexts was to see the Winter Olympics in Austria)
Now with that said I am totally appalled at the Politician who in good conscience can spend $50 Billion Dollars to insure that his country gets the Winter Olympics and at the same time achieves the highest number of Medals.
In some respect I feel like I am in a time warp. Growing up as a child there was this huge competition that Russia should get the most medals over the United States. (Ok in those days they called themselves the USSR). Now in all fairness how productive was that in the long run?
This time Russia received 33 Medals: 13 Gold 11 Silver and 9 Bronze for $50 Billion. Let’s do the numbers that is $1.5 Billion per Medal. This obsession of out doing the United States during the Cold War is prevalent again as if the time has been turned back pre Ronald Regan pre Gorbachev to the days of : the Russians vs. the United States.
All that money could have been better used than to achieve first standing in the Medals count. How many Russians are living below the poverty line? How many Russian citizens could have been better served if a small portion of this money been distributed to the ones in need? How many shelters could have been created to protect the stray dogs and cats of Russia? Anyway that is my opinion feel free to comment pro or con. At the same time enjoy the moments of the XXII Winter Olympics photos.
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