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By Brahma Chellaney
Beijing's creeping aggression signals a challenge to U.S. presence in the Asian Pacific
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - The Winter Games
Call it a case of unfortunate timing. But right around the time Russia President Vladimir Putin was making a televised speech about the “momentous” occasion of the Olympic torch arriving in Russia, the flame went out.
Sen. Charles E. Schumer suggested Monday that, instead of boycotting the Russian Olympic Games altogether, countries should wave rainbow flags during the opening ceremonies to show support for gay rights, The Hill reported.
If social media had sound, they would be sending forth peals of laughter on Wednesday over President Obama's erroneous reference of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics during a previous evening appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
Organizers presented the medals featuring a "patchwork quilt" design representing the different regions of Russia, which will be hosting its first Winter Games next February in the Black Sea resort.
While the giant Oscar statues are still being washed off and stowed away, planners are already struggling with the timing for next year's show in what could be a very early and very late awards season because of the 2014 Winter Olympics, which fall right in the middle of things from Feb. 7 to 23.
For Russia and its leadership, the 2014 Sochi Games is not just a major sports event but a point of national pride. President Vladimir Putin has made the Olympics his personal project and, determined to use them to showcase a powerful and prosperous Russia, has spared no expense to make sure the games are a success.
The tense U.S.-Chinese relationship is playing out on the Olympic stage as accusations of doping and poor sportsmanship on both sides — and a thirst to one-up each other in medal count — highlight the friction between the world's only superpower and its burgeoning Asian rival.
Sarah Burke was an X Games star with a grass-roots mentality — a daredevil superpipe skier who understood the risks inherent to her sport and the debt she owed to it.