I am guessing this is quite the theme — the closer we approach, the more there is to read. These Sochi 2014-related pieces are undoubtedly compelling. Some of them stand apart as fantastic works of narrative journalism. Almost all of the pieces are highly critical of the way the Winter Olympics has been organized. The corruption, the various scandals involving Vladimir Putin and his cronies, the shoddy construction, the economics, gay rights, the politics and importantly, the politics of it all (including the terror in the Northern Caucasus angle)
So here we go…
Start with this piece — published in The Outside magazine about how the Winter Olympics is sadly serving up an environmental disaster in that part of Russia.
Next up, this in The Politico Magazine on how Sochi is essentially an example of Putin’s hubris, a referendum of sorts on his “governance” and how he’s staked everything on this.
Also, two pieces by Brett Forrest. Firstly, this in Vanity Fair - on the crime and corruption surrounding Sochi (also details of all the cronyism that is happening there). And this, in ESPN — again on the importance of these games to Vladimir Putin and the Russian people.
This essential reading in Businessweek on, exactly the same things I’ve mentioned before. The corruption and the waste of money on these games.
I am guessing you’re pretty much bored of these stories by now. So here, tuck away the gloom and the muck and read this - on the United States’ Men’s curling team at Sochi. The team consists of an engineer, a college student, a restaurant manager and a middle-school science teacher.