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Costliest Olympics ever end
with nod to own failure

Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 2/24/2014 4:37:55 AM

SOCHI, Russia — Flushed with pride after a spectacular showing at the costliest Olympics ever, Russia celebrated 17 days of sport-driven global unity on Sunday night with a farewell show that hands off the Winter Games to their next host, Pyeongchang in South Korea. Fireworks and a countdown kicked off the closing ceremony in the Fisht Olympic Stadium, packed with spectators who chanted “Ro-ssi-ya! Ro-ssi-ya!” — “Russia! Russia!” —and were in a party mood after the high-security games passed off safely without feared terror attacks. Giant screens flashed highlights from the 17-day games. With a 3-0 victory over Sweden in the men’s

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: uno_thatguy, 2/24/2014 5:03:10 AM     (No. 9743977)

Sochi: The next Potemkin city in less than five years.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Judith, 2/24/2014 8:02:28 AM     (No. 9744110)

AP and the rest of the "free" press in the Western world must be soooo disappointed. The terror hit they prognosticated and curse Russia with, did not materialize. So now they turn their coverage to attacking the cost of the olympics. Putin is a dictator and can spend Russian money any way he wants. Very similar to the wart that has grown on the USA´s hide. We call it obama.

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