Virtually every country hosting an Olympics does better in the medal count. Russia, which is normally strong in the Winter Olympics anyway, is going to do well. But there’s one sport I’m really interested in seeing:
Hockey, of course. Hockey, besides figure skating is the biggest event in the Winter Olympics. And, if you haven’t noticed, hockey is dominated by the Canadians. Canada could have three teams in the Olympics, and it’s likely two of those teams would be on the podium.
Meanwhile, Russia’s team is no longer the Soviet Union teams from the 70’s and 80’s. They are in disarray. Instead of being scientifically formed and taught, the Russians are now a team of mostly NHLers and KHLers. They don’t play together for years anymore.
I don’t know if the Russians are going to get home cooking from officials. They might, though. If the Russians win the hockey tournament, it will truly be their Miracle on Ice.