Let the Games begin!

  • by: RACHEL BLOUNT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 8, 2014 - 12:25 AM

SOCHI, RUSSIA – When he was asked what impression he wanted to make with Friday’s Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games, creative director Konstantin Ernst made it clear: There would be no bears, no rosy-cheeked nesting dolls or other worn stereotypes. “I wanted people all over the world to meet, understand and know us as Russians,’’ he said. “The real Russians, untainted by decades of propaganda and the Cold War.’’

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