Articles tagged “sochi”

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Sochi Olympics Is Selling Far Fewer Tickets Than Previous Games

Sochi Olympics Is Selling Far Fewer Tickets Than Previous Games

Stephen Wilson, Associated Press

Although potential Olympic attendees are deterred by terrorist threats, long flights, and expensive visa hassles, last-minute sales are likely to boost attendance to average Olympic levels.

6 years ago

Russian President Putin Dresses Up in Snowsuit to Inspect Olympics Site

Russian President Putin Dresses Up in Snowsuit to Inspect Olympics Site

Vladimir Soldatkin, Reuters

If it was the Summer Olympics, no doubt Putin would have done his shirtless thing and inspected sites from horseback.

6 years ago

Second Suicide Bomber Attack in Two Days Raises Concern Over Sochi Games

Second Suicide Bomber Attack in Two Days Raises Concern Over Sochi Games

Reuters

It's hard to know wether this is a real series of attacks, or yet another deadly plan that Putin's put into place.

6 years ago

The Trends That Are Driving 2014’s ‘Top Travel Destinations’ Lists

The Trends That Are Driving 2014’s ‘Top Travel Destinations’ Lists

Robert Reid, Skift

Are anniversaries and events over-stressed on these lists? It’s refreshing not to see Brazil, in its World Cup, an automatic inclusion of all lists – even if it’s an understandable entry. But would anyone plan a trip to Cape Town just because it’s the World Design Capital?

6 years ago

Russia’s Greatest Olympic Feat Will Be Turning Sochi into a Travel Destination

Russia’s Greatest Olympic Feat Will Be Turning Sochi into a Travel Destination

Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times

A summer resort is the least likely place to host the Winter Olympics, and corruption and stalled construction speak to the region's troubles prior to the games. Now, the greatest test -- tourism -- will determine whether it was worth it.

6 years ago

Russian Olympic Officials Say They Need IOC’s Help Managing Anti-Gay Fallout

Russian Olympic Officials Say They Need IOC’s Help Managing Anti-Gay Fallout

Tales Azzoni, Associated Press

In a perfect world, this will only become more difficult for the Russians.

6 years ago

Vladimir Putin Declares ‘Forbidden Zone’ Around Sochi Olympic Resort

Vladimir Putin Declares ‘Forbidden Zone’ Around Sochi Olympic Resort

The Daily Telegraph

This Olympics sounds like more fun every single day.

6 years ago

Russian Anti-Gay Law Is Beginning to Embarrass the Olympics

Russian Anti-Gay Law Is Beginning to Embarrass the Olympics

Reuters

While it is good to see one official speak out, it would be nice to see the organization at large make some noise. But if the rampant corruption and lack of snow at these Winter Games don't bother them it's hard to see this issue making an impact.

6 years ago

Russia Stands by Its Controversial Anti-Gay Laws for Sochi Games

Russia Stands by Its Controversial Anti-Gay Laws for Sochi Games

Laura Mills, Associated Press

After a slow start, the momentum against Russia's Sochi Games is building, and may end up being a tourist boycott of the global sports event, and much more.

6 years ago

Why Madrid Makes the Most Sense as Host of 2020 Olympic Games

Why Madrid Makes the Most Sense as Host of 2020 Olympic Games

Roberto A. Ferdman, Quartz

What would be great this time around is if the Olympic Committee came out of the decision-making process looking only slightly less corrupt than Sepp Blatter and his FIFA/World Cup cronies.

6 years ago

Vladimir Putin stole a Super Bowl ring, and the Olympic rings, too

Vladimir Putin stole a Super Bowl ring, and the Olympic rings, too

Dave Zirin, The Guardian

While everyone expects this type of behavior in Putin's Russia, the taint of corruption that surrounds Olympic officials is something people accept. Even when they approve something as outlandish as a Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

6 years ago

Cost of failure at Russian Winter Olympics? Putin may poison you

Cost of failure at Russian Winter Olympics? Putin may poison you

The Guardian

When officials "flee" the country after they make a mistake, you know you're dealing with a leadership you don't want to entrust an international event to.

6 years ago