Believe me, student life sometimes can be really, enormously busy… And guess what? I missed the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics 2014 in Sochi (Олимпийские Игры 2014 в Сочи) that took place on Thursday!!! But thanks to the mighty Internet nowadays life can be easily frozen and repeated in the web. So, yesterday I finally found a free time to catch it up! 🙂
To be honest I cannot find proper words to describe my feelings. I am a big fan of winter Olympic games and taking into account the fact that it takes place in Russia makes in 2014 times better! I won’t say anything new probably, but Olympic games mean a lot to the nation. And this Olympics in particular mean a lot to me.
As a girl who was born in 1990’s in Lithuania and grew up in a post-soviet environment, I can say that I am proud of the best of the culture that made me a person that I am today. Tolstoy, ballet, folklore, good-old soviet music… Hard times of revolution and war… It is a history of my culture that with all it’s bright and dark spots I emphasize, admire and love. Although in the beginning a was a bit biased toward the candidature of Konstantin Ernst for the role of the creative director of Sochi Olympics (who is by the way is the executive producer of the main Russian TV channel ‘The First’), I can say that the opening ceremony was more than spectacular (for more photos please visit http://www.sochi2014.com/en/ceremonies-photos):
Nonetheless, as I watched it via BBC Sports channel I felt quite offended by the non-stop comments delivered by BBC news reporter who kept repeating words like ‘corruption’, ‘imperialism’, ‘demonstration of Putin’s power’ an so on. Seriously? Yes, Russia spent around 40 million pound on Olympics. Yes, one of the Olympic rings did not open… But try to look at it from a different perspective. It is sport. Mistakes are made even by the greatest champions. Yet, some journalists are trying to create a sensation out of every single imperfection they can find. But is THIS the MOST important thing on this Olympics? Is our world only about fail monitoring nowadays? Despite the rumors and the truth that anyway no one can know for 100%, this Olympics is an investment into Russian’s future with all it’s victories and failures.
The aim of the opening ceremony was to delivered a message that was done, to my mind, with a great pride and gloss. But what is this message you will ask? Russia is struggling for updating it’s relations with the world. As a young country with an extraordinary rich history Russia today is looking for the acknowledgement of it’s new identity, that goes beyond stereotypes of communism regime. Olympic games 2014 is an opportunity to show it’s face that was covered with the veil of stereotypes for many years. It is modern, it is creative, it is progressive. It is Russia.
And the most important: what do You think about this Winter Olympics? Feel free to share your comments below!;)
P.S. Check out this article from The Guardian that I found quite interesting in good terms:
If you missed Sochi Olympics 2014 opening Ceremony you can watch it on the official BBC webpage:
As well as don’t miss major sport events and enjoy the live stream from Sochi on http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live/winter-olympics/25886331 🙂
До скорой встречи! (See you soon!)