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Sochi’s Opening — Let Putin’s Games Begin

Thousands of athletes take back seat to leader

February 7, 2014
By ANGELA CHARLTON Associated Press , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

SOCHI, Russia - It's designed to celebrate a millennium of Russian might and this country's modern rebound, and kick off two weeks of extraordinary human endeavors and planetary sportsmanship. But the ceremony opening the Sochi Olympics today, more than anything, will be about one man: Vladimir Putin.

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