And, as it seems, I got the full idea of such a choice only by the current time. A decent blow to the stereotype, a la "Russia is a cold country." I approve.
"Bear, balalaika, mountains, snow, sunny beach, palm trees... wait, WHA..?!"
However it's no secret that hosting the Olympics, especially in Sochi, is extremely costly. So, a lot of dibs was spent, making it the most expensive Olympics in history (at least at the moment). And the hell knows what was happening during the preparation. Well, I think everyone is aware of the problems of this event, so I'm not going to dwell on them.
I'll just say one thing, which doesn't relate to the Olympic preparation itself. As far as I know, representatives of the LGBT community and their supporters, to put it mildly, are outraged by our recently adopted laws. In this regard, some of them called for boycotting the current Olympics. I have even seen a petition on some site where people were collecting signatures in order to change the place of the event. Pfffffft.
That's just ridiculous. If not to look at this from the standpoint of political games, of course. Yes, I understand, such a problem really exists and something should be done about it. But certainly not in such a way, because it's pointless. We all knew that the Olympics will be hosted there and it really is hosted there now. I'm not even talking about the fact that this kind of action is not only disrespectful to the host country, but also disrespectful to the athletes, primarily. I don't want to offend anyone, but that's my opinion on the subject.
By the way, participation in the Olympics is a great achievement itself. What do you think I was doing during the autumn and winter breaks for the last three years? That's right, I was working hard, preparing for the Olympiad in English. Even though it is a bit diffrent thing, since it isn't related to sports, the basis is the same. In order to win, you have to put yourself into it. And the fact that I made it to the regional level pleased me. Although, I didn't reach the All-Russian level. And never will, as the school will be over soon. And now I have to prepare for my exams, ohoho... but let's get back to the topic.
And no, don't get me wrong, I'm not agitating anyone to watch the games, if there's no interest about it. Honestly, I've never been into sports myself, it's not my sphere of interest. I don't watch the competitions. Or, well, maybe some moments, but not that much.
Initially, yielding to the mood of the masses, I didn't have even a drop of enthusiasm for the upcoming event. "SOCHI SOCHI SOCHI SOCHI SOCHI" everywhere. I didn't care much. "Well, the Olympics is the Olympics. So now what?"
But I was sure in one thing - I was going to watch the opening ceremony, certainly. The live broadcast. I have to admit that I was interested in what so much money was spent on. And I was in kinda depressed mood, ready to see a lot of failures.
And what's the result? Sincere ADMIRATION!
I watched it from the beginning to the end. I haven't been glued to the TV screen in such a way for years, I swear. The last time it was probably when they showed the wedding of the Prince of Great Britain.
The desire to seek any punctures vanished by itself after the first few seconds of watching. Yeah, of course, there are some. But it's okay, it can happen everywhere. All these are relatively small things and it's better not to dwell on them. It's not worth it. In addition, it seems everybody is already aware of this. x")
Idea about the little girl's dream grew on me from the very first moment, I love such things. And I love our language. So, I think that acquainting foreigners with the alphabet
, as a sort of introduction, was appropriate. Moreover, the delegations of the participating countries were subsequently declared in accordance with it.
I also liked that there was an emphasis on the space theme. After all, it shouldn't be forgotten that the Russian Federation has a spaceflight capability. And I love space.
I'm very glad that they showed historical episodes and involved the cultural references. I bet that's a part of any opening ceremony, but that's still awesome. There was Maslenitsa, and Kitezh-grad, and Peter the Great, and the episode of Natasha's first ball from "War and Peace", and the Soviet machine with a bunch of mechanisms, and Uncle Styopa... I think it came out rather heartily. A truly enchanting performance, presented in the form of a beautiful Russian fairy tale. Incidental music was a mix of modern tracks alongside with classic works. Flying decorations, giant puppets, and how many people were involved, that's just crazy! I'd like to talk separately about each and every aspect. But while I was typing this, I came to conclusion that all this is better to be seen rather than read. (;
I have to admit, I don't remember properly the opening ceremonies of the previous Olympiads, so I can't compare. But I think that ours came out no worse. And it will remain in memories, for sure.
Someone may call this fiddling while Rome is burning. But for me it was like a honey for the soul. I think sometimes it's just necessary to distract from the negative things and just enjoy the show. Otherwise you'll be short of nerves.
Also I support the opinion that if there's something truly good and worthy, it's not a sin to share. And to rejoice sincerely. There's nothing wrong about it.
By the way, I've never had anything against the Olympics as an event. Event itself if one thing, and the preparation for it along with the
politics is another. We should be able to consider it not only in the combined embodiment, but also separately.
Waiting for the closing ceremony now. I even wonder what they have prepared for it. ^^
It will happen soon... Time goes by fast, huh. Maybe I'll write about it later, too.
Have a nice day~