2014 Olympics in Danger?

Sochi 2014Not that anyone cares about the 2014 Winter Olympics at this point, but take this into consideration. The games will be held in the southwestern Russian city of Sochi, a seaside city on the Black Sea. The country closest to Sochi is Georgia, the small nation from whence Joseph Stalin came, among others. Today Russian tanks began crossing the border into Georgia, attacking villages and according to Georgians, targeting civilians. The Georgian army has shot down two Russian planes as well.

At this point it is difficult to say what will happen in this part of the world. There have been the rumblings of revolution in the South Ossetia region for some time and less than three hundred miles to the east lies the Republic of Chechnya, long the thorn in the side of the Kremlin. There is a history of games taking place in areas that seemed near major conflict with the Sarajevo games of 1984, the Berlin games of 1936 and even these Beijing games this year.

Sochi won the right to host over PyeongChang, South Korea and Salzburg, Austria, so conceivably if things go disastrously wrong in Georgia over the next few years, the games could be relocated. Or they could just put them in St. Moritz or Innsbruck, cities that have been back-up hosts in past winter games.


5 Responses to 2014 Olympics in Danger?

  1. Tara S. says:

    Very interesting. I read about the Russian tanks, but hadn’t known about the Olympics. What a delightfully nerdy topic! (and important, smart, and sporty….whatever adjectives you want to throw in there. Just wanted to let you know I read the blog šŸ˜‰

  2. mao says:

    Haha, thanks. The fact that it’s six years from now means that this will probably have little impact on the games, but I guess you never know.

  3. picodulce says:

    Now, aren’t the winter Olympics generally a big money loser, with facilities that are fairly useless year-round? I would hate to be the city that gets handed the Olympics in the the last 4 years…

    And I think you’re right to comment that this will impact the games. If a region is devolving into civil/ guerrilla strife, it can take a few years for this kind of thing to come to a head. HMM.

  4. mao says:

    Yeah, and especially in a place that appears to be a pretty mild climate, too. Very odd place to be hosting the Olympics, though the winter games do usually go for smaller places, relatively speaking: Albertville, France, Lillihamer, Norway, Lake Placid, NY (2x), Nagano, Japan, etc.

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