Don’t get me wrong, there’s much about Russia that I love. I’ve been curious about the country since the 1972 Summit Series when I saw those stoic Russian faces in the crowd. I married a Russian woman, and I’ve been there seven times.
But I’m not happy about this, which was printed in Sunday’s Vancouver Province.
This was written in the Russian paper “Pravda’, which translates to “truth.” It’s almost like it could have been written in pre-glasnost times and I find it outrageous and ridiculous. And “truth?” Pravda, going back 75 years, has never known or spoken the truth.
“Vancouver is not fit to hold the Winter Olympics. Far from being a question of sour grapes, Russian commentators were already expressing their reservations as to the integrity of the Vancouver Lobby being able to host the Olympic Games weeks before the start.
“We all know Canada has problems with the future lines drawn on Arctic maps and we all know Canada lives in the shadow of its larger neighbour to the south…The utter incapacity of this country to host a major international event, due to its inferiority complex, born of a trauma being the skinny and weakling bro to a beefy United States and a colonial outpost to the United Kingdom.
“Maybe it is this which makes the Canadians so…retentive, or cowardly. So it is not exactly a huge surprise to have international skating experts…criticizing the decision to award the men’s figure skating Gold medal to the US athlete Evan Lysacekv over the reigning Olympic Champion Evgeny Plushenko, whose superior performance was inexplicably ignored.
“Everybody who knows anything about Olympic skating, Winter Olympic sports and international politics will infer from the pitiful and dangerous conditions provided by the Canadian authorities, which already caused one death, that Vancouver is mutton dressed as lamb. Take off the outer veneer and the stench is horrific. It is a surprise that any Russian athlete would wish to remain in that sort of environment for a second longer.”