|Couple of numbers to put on the things people are saying about the Sochi Olympics
||[Jan. 29th, 2014|04:04 pm]
most of an entire day. And that doesn't count bathroom breaks, breaking for lunch, and any sightseeing you might want to do on the way! Heck, realistically, a group of Chechen terrorists would probably want to stay overnight halfway, and, from what I can see on Trip Advisor, the hotels in Kislovodsk are REALLY expensive. By Chechen standards, anyway. They come out to, like $60 US/night, but, since the average annual income in Chechnya is, like $400, that's prohibitive.First: people are worried about Sochi being a potential target for terrorism. I don't know why -- according to Google Maps, it's over a twelve hour drive from Chechnya. I mean, really. What Chechen rebel would want to put THAT kind of time into an attack? Heck, it's actually closer to twelve and a half hours to drive from Grozny to Sochi. That's |
And then people talk about the weather. The weather in Sochi is fantastic! The Olympics are in February, which is the coldest month in Sochi, but, even then, it hardly ever gets below freezing.
Now, some will say that it doesn't make sense to have the Winter Olympics in a place that never gets snow or ice, but I say we should just broaden our definitions, right? Do we HAVE to have snow skiing? Isn't water skiing just as good? And wouldn't biathlon be fun on waterskis? Can't we just do all the ice sports on rollerblades instead? And what about all the danger from bobsledding and luge? There has been a lot of worry about injuries to athletes with the newer high-speed tracks -- that won't be a problem when there's no ice! The sleds won't even move! It will be COMPLETELY safe!