It’s not that I don’t like the Olympics, it’s that I am thoroughly disinterested in the Olympics. Oh, I like athletic competitions just fine, both watching them and taking part in them, and I’m fine with competing on behalf of one’s country. But there’s something about the Olympics that over the years has left me feeling…who cares? And the Winter Olympics, even more so.
On top of that I’ve heard nothing but bad things about this Olympics. The horror stories of the past week about how ill-prepared is Sochi to host the visitors; the waste and corruption in the Russian government and Olympic committee to have spent as much on this event—$51 billion!—as all previous Winter Olympics combined; the Putin government’s transparent lies about its treatment of its gay citizens—none of that would sway me over to watch even a little of the spectacle were I somehow to have had a weak moment when I couldn’t find something to watch on any of the other hundred or so channels that flow freely into my home.
But, that was all before I got the straight dope from the Russians…via Tom the Dancing Bug. Now that they set me straight on why they’ve done the things they’ve done to be ready to welcome the world to Sochi, I feel a whole lot better. I’m sure you will, too, once you know what I know.