With just 43 days until the Winter Olympic Games begin in Sochi, Russia, the city suffers frequent power outages and a major venue lies unfinished, with corruption plaguing the whole project. On top of everything, weather forecasters are predicting an unusually warm winter. Will there be enough snow for skiers and snowboarders? Logistics aside, the run-up to these Games has been dominated by politics — international outrage over Russia's new anti-gay laws, as well as concerns about terrorism from Islamic separatists. With all of this, how will sports take center stage?
Politics in First Place at the Sochi Olympics
Sergei Loiko - Los Angeles Times - @latimes, Bonnie Ford - ESPN - @Bonnie_D_Ford, David Wallechinsky - International Society of Olympics Historians - @westwood1sports, Richard Deitsch - Sports Illustrated - @richarddeitsch