There is already trouble brewing in Russia ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi!
Is it infrastructure worries? No. Oh, plans for the athlete’s village are going to end up costing taxpayers big money? Well maybe, but no. Are people demanding a recount after a nationwide vote on the weekend to determine the mascots for the games? Yup!
As silly as that might sound, it was people like Russia’s president and some other political leaders sounding off about the decision on Monday and criticizing the process by which they were chosen. Let me ask you this: Do you even remember what the mascots for the Vancouver Winter Games were (without using the internet)? I don’t!
When all was said and done on Saturday, three mascots rose above the rest: a polar bear, a snowboarding leopard and a rabbit…and the organizing committee says there won’t be a recount. (Pictures of the “offensive” mascots & more controversy after the jump!) (more…)