Photos copyright 2008 Kay Davies and Richard Schear
So, this isn't Sochi, Russia, it's Moscow, with beautiful blue skies and no talk of anyone's preferences one way or the other or not.
Unfortunately, some world-class athletes will be in Russia very soon, and their personal preferences stand to be called into account and perhaps punished.
I am very grateful to have seen Russia. We enjoyed meeting its people in a year when everyone seemed to be happily headed toward peace and democracy. We were there in 2008, and wept with the Russian people when, shortly after we arrived home, a plane carrying the entire men's hockey team from the city of Yaroslavl crashed after takeoff. The one survivor died within days. Lost in the crash were many non-Russians, including Canadians.
Yes, we did come home glad we had seen Russia and met its people. Now many Canadians and citizens of other countries are worried about Olympic athletes. Let us hope our worries are for naught, and blue skies shine over the Games.
Posted for Skywatch Friday