Olympics in Russia
The twenty-second Winter Olympics took place in February in Sochi, Russia. 2861 athletes competed in 98 competitions. Russia invested 51 billion US dollars into the games; they therefore were the most expensive games in history. Although many criticized Russia as the host, the International Olympic Committee highly praised the effort that Russia put into the preparation and the execution of the games. Russians saw the Olympics as a great opportunity to show the world that they are peaceful and a friendly country. Altogether, the games were well organized and the athletes enjoyed staying in Russia. Despite the fact that many international politicians decided to not attend the winter Olympics due to the political situation in Russia, the Olympics can be seen as a huge success.