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COMMENTARY: The Winter Olympics Are Here — If Anyone Cares

Charles E. Sutton | 1/24/2014, 5 p.m.
In just over two weeks, the 2014 Sochi Olympics will commence. I've begun my official countdown as we march toward ...
Albanian alpine ski racer Erjon Tola (Courtesy of Sochi 2014)

Be honest, prior to its connection to the Olympics, you had never heard of it either. I did a little research and found out that Sochi is a coastal resort located on the Black Sea. It's about 1,000 miles south of Moscow, and is one of only a few Russian cities with a subtropical climate.

Approximately 5,500 athletes and team members, representing 85 countries will make their way to Sochi. They will participate in 98 events spread over seven sports and eighteen days. The original budget for these Olympics was $12 billion. Currently it appears that the budget could exceed $50 billion. If that occurs, these games will be the most expensive ever, costing more than all previous Winter Olympics combined.

With that level of money being spent, I feel compelled to tune in. Let's face it, the "Sports Guy" should be able to talk about the Winter Olympic Games. Thus, I've decided to spend considerable time watching these Games. A month from now, if you ask me a question about curling or snowboarding, I'll provide you with a quality response.

I refuse to be intimidated by this grand amateur sporting event. So what if it only occurs every four years with millions watching all around the world. I ain't scurred. I'll approach these Olympics with an open mind, intending to learn all I can about the various events. If I'm about what I say I'm about, it's my responsibility to grab this Olympic bull by the horns and get as much out of these Games as I possibly can. My guess is, I'll embrace these Olympics and come out the other side a better man because of it.