The 22nd Winter Olympics at Sochi, east of the Black Sea, will officially end next week.
Despite all the bad publicity prior to the most expensive games ever, Russia put on an excellent show.
The opening ceremony was a grand television spectacle, one of the best I have seen in many years.
The games cost Russia, once a super power, a staggering $50 billion.
There were terrorist threats and many had predicted there would also be anti gay protests.
Russia proved that Sochi Olympics can succeed despite shadow of terror and discrimination.
The host country did everything to make sure the games were safe and welcoming.
For President Vladimir Puttin, this was a chance to showcase his country’s past and present and the potential this huge country has to attract investments and tourists from around the world.
This was the first time the winter games were held in a warm seaside resort lined with palm trees.
Russia provided the world with open and equal games.
So far the winter games have been a triumph for Sochi residents and Russians everywhere.
Many journalists devoted a lot of ink to hotel accommodation, destroying of stray dogs and lack of hot water and curtains in some hotel rooms.
This happens everywhere in the world.
London had to face similar problems during the Summer Olympics.
Many journalists in Canada, the United States and particularly in Britain had the city, the winter Olympics and the country written off well prior to the opening ceremonies.
This was unfair to Russia.
The Olympics turned out to be a smashing success.
Puttin greatly succeeded in restoring his ambition to restore respect for Russia as one of the most influential nations in the world.
Russia is a complex country with many complex problems.
When I visited Russia a few years ago, all I heard was about the myriad of problems the ordinary Russians were facing.
Yes, Russia like any country in the world has problems.
But the country is taking efforts to solve problems. Do not forget this is a huge country with more than five time zones.
The country has very complicated history.
The host country tried its best to make sure the world event was staged without any mishaps.
The winter Olympics succeeded in celebrating the ultimate in human achievement.