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Have you watched the Sochi winter Olympics this year? I love watching them mainly because of the snowboarding and skiing events. The things the Olympians can do are almost superhuman, and I aspire to be able to do that one day, though it’s probably unlikely. There is a concern over the winter Olympics this year because of the nature of the courses in Sochi. Some of the courses are notoriously hard and even dangerous. Previous gold medal Olympian Shaun White refused to participate in a freestyle event because of the icy nature of the course. Numerous injuries have occurred so far with Olympians brave enough to compete on the icy courses. For an event as popular and important as the Olympics, I believe this is unacceptable.
There is a board of people who decide the placement of the Olympics. To avoid having competitors drop out because of poorly made courses, I believe the way they pick the location should be revised. They should have professionals or previous Olympians test out every single course to check conditions. This, I believe, would solve the problems that face the Sochi winter Olympics.
Another thing I find disturbing about the Sochi placement is how Russia made the residents of Sochi move to make room for hotels. This is cruel, and should never have happened. Yet another reason why the board who chooses the location needs to conduct more research before making a decision. Other than that, the Olympics are a joy to watch and boost the economy of wherever they take place. Here is to hoping that the 2018 winter Olympics don’t face the same problems that Sochi does.