As I write this, the Winter Olympics are well underway in Sochi, Russia. Some of you may know curling has been a big part of my life: I was fortunate to compete in seven national championships, and in 1992 I was part of Team USA at the World Championships where we won the silver medal.
Although Peggy spent 20 years as an official in world curling, we opted out of Sochi. Aside from the expense, anti-gay bill and reports of horrible hotels, we had an unpleasant experience in Moscow two years ago when traveling for a curling event. Virtually no one spoke English. Signs were in Cyrillic script. An inveterate American traveler called Russia the most unfriendly tourist venue he had ever visited.