On a frigid afternoon, Jack Burke is coaching young skiers in a field in Saranac Lake, N.Y. His son Tim β who shoots and skis as part of the U.S. biathlon team β got his start training here. Now, Tim is off to Sochi to compete, but Jack and his whole family are staying home, missing the games for the first time since Tim's first Olympics in 2006.
"The uncertainty certainly did weigh into it," says Jack. "The cost was substantial, and costs seemed to be changing weekly."
Russia's Soviet days are well behind it, but if you're headed to Sochi for the Winter Olympics, your dining options will still run deep red β as in borscht.
Organizers in Sochi expect to serve 70,000 gallons of this Russian staple β a hearty soup whose color comes from beets β to spectators. Borscht has graced both the high table of the Kremlin and the lowly tables of peasants across the former Soviet Union.