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Q essay: Rio's early Sochi problems

In today's Q essay, Jian weighs in on why every Games seems to be blasted as the "worst" at some point in time.
An IOC official says the Brazilians are behind 'in many, many ways' and are in worse shape than Greek organizers were in preparing for the 2004 Olympics. (Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)

Amid remarks by an International Olympic Committee official that Rio de Janeiro is the worst-prepared Olympics host city he's seen, Jian weighs in on why every Games seems to be blasted as the "worst" at some point in time.

"When you dig through recent Olympic history, pretty much every Games has had the 'worst' Olympics," Jian says, noting similar criticisms due to Moscow's boycotts, Vancouver's weather woes, construction delays in Athens, and human-rights and smog concerns that plagued Beijing.

"Saddling an Olympics with the 'worst Games ever' tag a full two years and change before the Opening Ceremonies? Way to kill the vibe, IOC."

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