Some Russians in Sochi echoed this opinion, including Vladmir Bekker, who had come to watch the Games with his little son.
Now, the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics have put Vladimir Putin at the center of the global stage.
Experts say that the Volgograd bombings may bode ill for security at the Sochi Games, which begin on February 7.
They had traveled across the entire country, from the lake Baikal to Sochi on the Black Sea, to see the event.
What measurement will NBC use to gauge their success or failure in Sochi?
It is fair to say that Switzerland will win the most gold from Sochi regardless of the success of their team.
"It's not an easy thing to do," reiterated Tomasevicz, who hopes to repeat gold in four-man in Sochi.
“There goes that vacation dacha in Sochi that the wife always wanted,” he emailed The Daily Beast.
The problem is, that periphery has now grown much closer thanks to the location of Sochi.
In speaking to inferiors there are three particles used for 'you'; vare, vonore, and Sochi.
Black Sea resort in Russia, ultimately from the name of the Cherkess (Circassian) people who live in the region, whose name is of uncertain origin.