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Commentary: Olympics breathtaking but difficult to embrace

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SOCHI, Russia — The Sochi Winter Olympics were like the craggy peaks of the Caucasus Mountains and rocky beach of the Black Sea, which were both visible from Fisht Stadium, site of a victory celebration for Russia on Sunday night.

Like their setting, like Russia itself, the Sochi Games were breathtaking but difficult to embrace.

President Vladimir Putin was everywhere throughout the two-week spectacle, overseeing Russia’s $51 billion investment or corrupt boondoggle, depending on your point of view. Putin’s Games…

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