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Nancie Battaglia has seen every Winter Olympics since 1980 and says this year's event in Sochi is starting to feel more normal.
Nancie Battaglia has seen every Winter Olympics since 1980 and says this year's event in Sochi is starting to feel more normal.

What if the Sochi games are completely normal?

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There is a ton of hand-wringing underway in these final hours before the opening ceremonies are broadcast from the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Will the crowds show up? Will there be terror attacks? Will reporters get shower curtains? What about those stray dogs?

And in a country as controversial as Russia, where gay rights are under attack and democracy is in rough-draft form, a certain amount of tension is natural.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

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By the time the competition starts... it'll definitely feel like a normal Olympics
But NCPR's Sochie correspondent Nancie Battaglia told Brian Mann that final preparations for the Olympic Games seem to be coming together.

Having been to every Winter Olympics since 1980, Battaglia says this year's big event is starting to look pretty normal.

 

Russia built it, but will the world come?  The size of crowds is one of many anxieties raised during pre-Olympics coverage.  Photo:  Nancie Battaglia
Russia built it, but will the world come? The size of crowds is one of many anxieties raised during pre-Olympics coverage. Photo: Nancie Battaglia

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