I wonder if Edward Snowden will show up in Sochi. That would boost the ratings! Speaking of snow—, did you know that Sochi has stockpiled snow from last winter just in case they run low during the games? They should get a gold medal for risk management.
The Russians will be managing other risks, as well, by listening in on all communications. “Athletes and spectators attending the Winter Olympics … will face some of the most invasive and systematic spying and surveillance in the history of the Games.”
Presumably the primary purpose of the system is to protect against terrorism, with Chechen terrorists already threatening to sabotage the games.
Meanwhile, there is some concern among the international LGBT community that Russia may use its comprehensive surveillance system to identify and target promoters of gay rights, as the country recently passed a controversial law banning gay propaganda.
On second thought, this is the sort of event Snowden, Patron Saint of Privacy, is likely to boycott.