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    News Russia gambles on Sochi 2014 legacy

    (SFC) The legacy of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games may include gambling after the Russian parliament voted to add Sochi to the list of areas that allow the otherwise illegal activity.
    Read more: http://www.sportsfeatures.com/olympi...hi-2014-legacy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meoima View Post
    (SFC) The legacy of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games may include gambling after the Russian parliament voted to add Sochi to the list of areas that allow the otherwise illegal activity.
    Read more: http://www.sportsfeatures.com/olympi...hi-2014-legacy
    I wonder there were no casinos in Sochi????

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    Quote Originally Posted by plushyfan View Post
    I wonder there were no casinos in Sochi????
    Maybe because Sochi is a remote place? But I don't live there so I don't know for sure. It's good to know that they are very practical about this matter, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meoima View Post
    Maybe because Sochi is a remote place? But I don't live there so I don't know fore sure. It's good to know that they are very practical about this matter, though.
    Sochi is a famous and expensive holiday destination. Without casinos? The Russians sometimes are so weird.

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    The Sochi Olympics have no "legacy" to begin with. Horrible accomodations, poor transportation, terrible crowds for nearly every sport that were ridiculously pro Russian, the figure skating scandal that is the biggest memory of the Games even for non skating fans, a huge deficit, and a bunch of ghost stadiums. Its only legacy is rivalling the Atlanta Summer Olympics as the worst modern day Olympics ever. Well that and the pictures of the 10 or 12 washroom communal toilets that pretty sum up Russia's state these days in general.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pangtongfan View Post
    The Sochi Olympics have no "legacy" to begin with. Horrible accomodations, poor transportation, terrible crowds for nearly every sport that were ridiculously pro Russian, the figure skating scandal that is the biggest memory of the Games even for non skating fans, a huge deficit, and a bunch of ghost stadiums. Its only legacy is rivalling the Atlanta Summer Olympics as the worst modern day Olympics ever. Well that and the pictures of the 10 or 12 washroom communal toilets that pretty sum up Russia's state these days in general.
    This isn't true, pangtongfan! This was the western especially the US media's lie. And I'm not Rusian.

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    Pangtongfan set some kind of record for most lies in a paragraph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YLFan View Post
    Pangtongfan set some kind of record for most lies in a paragraph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pangtongfan View Post
    The Sochi Olympics have no "legacy" to begin with. Horrible accomodations, poor transportation, terrible crowds for nearly every sport that were ridiculously pro Russian, the figure skating scandal that is the biggest memory of the Games even for non skating fans, a huge deficit, and a bunch of ghost stadiums. Its only legacy is rivalling the Atlanta Summer Olympics as the worst modern day Olympics ever. Well that and the pictures of the 10 or 12 washroom communal toilets that pretty sum up Russia's state these days in general.
    http://gossipsochi.com/

    The majority of the things you read that were wrong in Sochi were made up and hyped up especially in the US. Anything to denigrate Russia...

    I suspect a similar thing will happen during the WC in 2018.

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    As always, I believe the truth is somewhere between "There were ZERO problems" and "It was a complete catastrophe."

    As for the ACTUAL topic, makes sense they would add gambling. It's a resort town where people likely let their inhibitions go. Gambling is all part of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meoima View Post
    Russia gambles on Sochi 2014 legacy
    I thought this would be an article about ladies figure skating at the Olympics *runs and ducks*



    Seriously though, yeah Sochi is a vacation destination, so I'm surprised it didn't already have casinos. President Putin was famously vacationing in Sochi at the time of the Kursk submarine disaster, something he was later criticized for. (I thought that criticism was unfair. I agree it may seem callous for a leader to be vacationing during a crisis, and everyone can say in hindsight he should've ordered this or that earlier, but realistically there wasn't much that he could have done differently given the available information at the time; it's not as if he was going to give the military some special insight as to the situation or something if he weren't vacationing.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. P View Post
    As always, I believe the truth is somewhere between "There were ZERO problems" and "It was a complete catastrophe."
    I agree, it lays somewhere in the middle; the U.S. media *especially when it deals with Russia* tend to exaggerate things.


    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. P View Post
    As for the ACTUAL topic, makes sense they would add gambling. It's a resort town where people likely let their inhibitions go. Gambling is all part of that.
    Agree, it the town is a vacation destination it makes sense to add gambling, it's good revenue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. P View Post
    As always, I believe the truth is somewhere between "There were ZERO problems" and "It was a complete catastrophe."
    As usual. There were problems in Torino as well, but I suspect people didn't hear a lot about them.

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    There are always problems. In 1980, in Lake Placid, the problems were transportation, and the fact that the town is really too small to hold a modern era Olympics.

    The media always needs stories, especially with all that dedicated time to fill.

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