The Sochi Games will feature two athletes Filipinos around the world can root for—JR Celski, a Filipino American, who will spearhead the US’ efforts in short track speedskating; and Michael Christian Martinez, who will represent the Philippines in men’s figure skating.
There's no doubt that the Olympics—whether winter or summer—is always a spectacular international event that requires a humongous budget ($50 billion at last count for Sochi), a gigantic multinational security force, and enough pomp and pageantry to whet the appetites of the viewing millions for the next one.
Behind the scenes in this “greatest show on earth” are the equally spectacular preparations that begin many years prior to the event, involving a cast of thousands and a cost of billions.
Read about them again in "10 Best Kept Secrets of Olympic Ceremonies".
Myles A. Garcia's book, Secrets of the Olympic Ceremonies, is available in the deluxe paperback edition or on Kindle from Amazon.com as well as various eBook sources. Sometime in February 2014, Garcia will be seen in a documentary about the London 2012 Olympic flame, called “The Flame” (http://www.watchtheflame.com/). For autographed copies of the book, place your order via the book's website: www.secretolympiceremony.com or Garcia's personal email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.