Olympics’ impact felt beyond Vancouver

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Belarus’ president, Alexander Lukashenko, could boast of his country’s very first gold medal as Alexei Grishin beat out American Jeret Peterson for the gold in men’s aerials freestyle skiing.

But before that medal was won, Mr. Lukashenko had some stern words for his East European country’s athletes, according to the Belarusian Telegraph Agency.

“I am estimating the performance in Vancouver not in terms of medals. The medals are a good thing. But I want to take a look inside: we have not demonstrated those results we could have achieved, taking into account the attention that is paid to sports in Belarus,” he told the news agency.

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