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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