Farewell, Sochi! Brimming with pride and medals, Russia closes costliest Olympics ever

  • Article by: JOHN LEICESTER , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 23, 2014 - 7:44 PM

SOCHI, Russia — Flushed with pride after its athletes' spectacular showing at the costliest Olympics ever, Russia celebrated Sunday night with a visually stunning finale that handed off a smooth but politically charged Winter Games to their next host, Pyeongchang in South Korea.

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carl321Feb. 23, 14 2:05 PM

The sadness is in all the parents, friends, loved ones who didn't attend because of security concerns. Kudos to Russia for games well played and hosting such a wonderful experience for us at home.. Don't know what it was like for those there, but sad many missed it..The Olympics is always costly.. No surprises there.

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rshacklefordFeb. 23, 14 3:17 PM

All of the brand new hotels and buildings should immediately be given to Sochi's homeless population that had to put up with forced relocation, mistreatment, and worst of all, the fake president Putin.

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rshacklefordFeb. 23, 14 3:42 PM

All of the brand new hotels and buildings should immediately be given to Sochi's homeless population that had to put up with forced relocation, mistreatment, and worst of all, the fake president Putin.

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ciamanFeb. 23, 14 4:36 PM

Russia can be proud of themselves with these games. Normally I like FOX news, but they made themselves look like fools with all their dire predictions that hundreds would die at the Olympics and actually nothing happened at all. Bosh on you, FOW news. As for Russia it is not a Democracty, people you have to know that Democracy is not for every Nation. In order for that to happen, you need a nation with a history of justice and Democracy to have even any chance to succeed. Look at our own America? So many people do not bother to even vote nor discuss the issues. A country that is split right in the half. So I hope Russia might, just might, take the road in the future for some kind of rights and some thing less than a dictatorship. That is how it could start.

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mariezzFeb. 23, 14 5:31 PM

The author of this article really knows nothing about the history of Russia/Soviet Union. This statement: "All-new facilities, unthinkable in the Soviet era of drab shoddiness" is simply not true. The Moscow 1980 Olympics saw many all-new facilities. That's not to say that outside of special event this happened to much of a degree, but the standards of the Soviet Union were better than those of at least 80% of the rest of the world. ************** Sochi saw much money invested in the infrastructure which will serve it well for long to come. Whether it was fair that this money was invested in Sochi & not some other city is another issue. We'll have to wait & see whether the Olympic facilities will become the training center for athletes participating in winter sports. (Unfortunately, many of the facilities built for the Greek summer Olympics have fallen into disrepair.)

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erikj3Feb. 23, 14 6:19 PM

I'm just glad there wasn't any terrorism.

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