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    Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics: Vladimir Putin good to go bro

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    The Sochi Winter Olympic Games started the first day of competition on Thursday and is getting ready for the opening ceremony on Friday. Russian president Vladimir Putin is ready to take the global center stage, but is the rest of the world even going to watch?

    Security is definitely one of the biggest worries at this year's games. Russia has recruited about 37,000 police and security personnel to take care of security during the competitions. The Russian government also put a temporary ban on all liquids, gels, aerosols and powders in carry-on luggage on flights between the United States and Russia a day after the U.S. warned of how explosive materials could be hidden in toothpaste or cosmetic tubes.

    Russia went a tad over their estimated US$12 billion budget at US$51 billion. This makes it the most expensive Olympics ever. The money Putin sunk on the Winter Games surpasses what the Chinese blew in the 2008 Beijing Summer Games.

    Although the sports complexes were finished in time, the 40,000 new hotel rooms are a different story. Journalists and others have already been reporting on the rather horrendous room conditions as well as discolored, unsafe tap water. And of course there are also the double toilets that everyone has already talked about.

    No doubt the games will experience some problems like the crazy jump on the women's downhill or not enough snow, but at least there's Jamaican bobsledding. Rumor has it that Putin will introduce some gay-friendly events this year like the bi-biathlon and the couples skate. Will Sochi have its black power moment as well?

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