"As the host country, you want to get out of gate fast. You need the fans behind you, wanting to see what's next instead of dreading it," said Steve Roush, a former chief of sport for the U.S. Olympic Committee who has consulted for Russia, Brazil, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. "Otherwise, things can run downhill in a hurry."
They spent three times what anyone else did," Roush said, "instead of taking a realistic look at how much their facilities and programs were degraded. ...