From the The Toronto Star:
The next Winter Olympics is shaping up as a Cold War-style battle between Canada and Russia after a blistering editorial in Pravda labeled us as a nation of cowardly, incompetent war criminals.
The editorial, entitled Vancouver: Mutton Dressed as Lamb, goes straight for the eyes from the outset. â€œVancouver is not fit to hold the Winter Olympics,â€ it declares in the opening paragraph.
And that was before Canada whipped Russia in the hockey quarter finals. Today, the site was less expansive.
â€œThe Red Machine Runs into a Maple Tree,â€ was Pravdaâ€™s headline. Other newspaper banners across Russia included â€œNightmare in Vancouverâ€ and â€œDown and Out.â€
Reading back on Pravdaâ€™s screed, the schadenfreude will be thick for Canadian supporters. The websiteâ€™s main athletic complaint is about a short-notice drug test issued to Russian skier Natalya Korosteleva. It neglects to mention that VANOC organizers have no input into the drug-testing regime of any particular sporting body.
It also impugns us for the decision to give the gold medal in menâ€™s figure skating to American Evan Lysacek over Russian Evgeni Plushenko â€“ as if we had some say in that, either.
â€œEven more diligent critics of Vancouver 2010 have been astonished by the editorial,â€ the Times of London wrote today.
Last night, Russian hockey stars were being â€¦ well â€¦ Russian about their loss.