Sochi

Parmjit Parmar

Why Russia Should Be on Your Bucket List

Most people can be found walking around this beautiful city, touring the historic city center, the river Neva, and the numerous small canals on foot even after midnight. This is the perfect time to travel to Russia, as you literally have more hours in the day to fit in sightseeing, tours and enjoy the many restaurants late into the night.
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Why Would Anyone Want To Host the Winter Olympics?

What country in its right mind would willingly and consciously walk into a Winter Games with the possibility of anything even reaching toward $50 billion on its table? The Sochi Games gave everyone else a chance to think about it for a second, and once you do it's sort of like being sober in a club where all your friends are buying bottle service... you can only get so drunk.
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Why I Won't Be Travelling To Russia

Perhaps if this had been a one-time occurrence it would be easier to digest, but the fact is Russian president Vladimir Putin has a shameful record when it comes to just about everything. He has never hesitated to put political rivals behind bars, even going as far as jailing the protest band Pussy Riot.

Three Examples of Contextual Advertising Done Right

The Sochi Olympics, like other popular television viewing events (read: Oscars, Super Bowl) reinforced the importance and potential effectiveness of contextually relevant ads. Think of the Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion spot that went viral, or Proctor & Gamble's Thank You Mom commercial.
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He Falls, Gets Up, Wins Gold

Canadian cross-country legend Brian McKeever skied one of the great races in Paralympic history on Wednesday, overcoming an early fall to win gold in the men’s visually impaired 1 km race in Sochi. ...
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How to Drink Vodka Like a Russian

Take your time finding the right table at the right restaurant. You'll be there awhile -- might as well get comfortable. The bottle of vodka is to be served cold and of high quality. The person that picks up the first bottle is in charge of pouring and pacing shots for the entire night, even once you change venues...

Sochi Diaries: The Games in Review

I spent the last two weeks in Sochi, isolated from North American media, and had assumed that by this time most of the myths surrounding how horrific things were over in Russia had been dispelled. But...
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Using the Olympics to Help Your Kids Learn a "Gold Medal" Attitude

My family had a serious case of Olympic fever. Along with many Canadians, the winter games have become a permanent fixture on our television screen, and a major topic of discussion around the dinner table. The Olympics present valuable learning opportunities for adults and children of all ages. Parents can use these great learning opportunities to foster "a gold medal attitude" for children.
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The World Heads Home

SOCHI, Russia - By the busload, the world's athletes and visitors rolled toward Sochi's airport and took off for home Monday, fresh from a Winter Games experience that many Russians pronounced a smash...
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Where Do They Get All That Energy?

TORONTO - With all eyes glued to coverage of the Winter Games in Sochi, many armchair athletes wonder how Olympians are able to sustain their energy levels during countless hours of practice and stres...
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The Molson Fridge at Sochi Revealed

The Passport fridge sits inside the Sochi Canada House, which permits only people with a passport who know an athlete inside. The fridge only has a few empty specialty bottles inside. The kicker - there is actually no Molson Canadian beer in the Canada House whatsoever! It got stuck at the border.
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Here At Last: Some Surprises From Sochi

Booked three weeks ago on a whim, my trip from Vancouver to Sochi included 40 hours of buses, trains, taxis, layovers, and flights. Not to mention the four hours of standing in lines and two hours of wandering looking for wifi that were required before I could make this post. That said, I'm here and I'm pumped!
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SOCHI, Russia - Canada's Patrick Chan has finished second in the men's figure skating short program at the Sochi Olympics.The three-time world champion from Toronto finished with a score of 97.52 poin...
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Russia's Problems Are Bigger Than Hotel Rooms Without Doorknobs

Russia has real issues. But let's not distract ourselves from them and get bogged down by worrying about the accommodations of athletes who are doing exactly what they want to be doing for the month of February. Yeah, their facilities might blow, but they're accomplishing lifelong dreams in the process. The athletes, the fans, and the journalists are not the ones we have to worry about. We shouldn't fall for their tricks, like their need to take their frustration out on Russia by shaming them for the wrong things.