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FROM READERS: A Russian perspective on the Olympics

Thursday, February 20, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CST; updated 10:14 a.m. CST, Thursday, February 20, 2014

Ana Lanshakova is an MU student from Omsk, Russia. She is a Fulbright Scholar who is pursuing a law degree.

As a Russian, I am very proud that such a great sporting event as the Winter Olympics is taking place in my country, in the amazing city situated on the coast of the Black Sea.

Russia has invested about seven years in the construction of Olympic equipment and of course, a lot of money. Today a lot of people are criticizing the necessity of organizing the Olympics in Russia, saying that it would be better to invest in other nondeveloped infrastructures in the country or referring to corruption. I can agree with that. But that is politics.

I do not want to talk about politics, because primarily Olympics for me are all about sports ... great sports. Teams from all over the world every four years are coming to show the best preparation, the best sports in the world. Emotions, amazing shows, new records and failures, a tense atmosphere for the sportsmen and a festive atmosphere for fans these are the words that describe the Olympic games.

Despite my busy schedule, I am trying to watch the games every day. A few days of the competition are left and we can see that everything is going great with the opening ceremony and the games. I was watching the opening ceremony with a big international company including Russians, Americans, Frenchpeople, Ukrainians and others.

Everybody was impressed by the show that Russia had prepared — the technologies that were used, famous Russian ballet, opera singers, and the idea of the show — everything was more than magnificent. If nobody abroad knew anything about Sochi before, now the whole world knows about it. Even in my school, people stop me and ask me to tell them more about the city and thank me for hosting the Olympics. This makes me really proud.

Unfortunately, only a few days of the games are left. So let’s enjoy the real sport, the competitive spirit of the games and support our teams.

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Michael Williams February 20, 2014 | 3:24 p.m.

This article touches upon something nagging in the back of mind.

In the decades after the end of the Cold War, somehow I had the feeling that the US and Russia would see the extraordinary wisdom of getting along. Friends. Appreciative friends. I certainly can vouch that my own opinion of the Russian people changed....pretty much like me, except they speak funny and stay colder longer. I thought we would start getting along, actually working together, to the detriment of what I thought was the REAL future world threat....China politicians.

The last couple of years have perplexed me. For some reason, I've started becoming less trustful. I'm thinking the Russian people are thinking like me about us. Maybe Putin is really an ass, and maybe so is Obama. Frankly, I don't understand why this has happened. Perhaps the Cold War never ended....it just went underground. Geez, I hope it still doesn't exist in any form or fashion.

Quite frankly, I'm a bit ashamed of my own gov't and our press. I didn't like how the Sochi games were presented to the US people in the lead-up to the games. Russia was being presented in a light that certainly doesn't lead to good feelings and friendship. I was of the opinion, "I sure hope this turns out well for them and everyone has a wonderful time."

But, all I've heard is "sniping" from my gov't and my press. It kinda sucks, and smacks of "making the news."

And y'all know how I feel about THAT........

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