Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Elise Was Frozen out but Putin Had Fun and Games; as Our Ice Maiden Returns Empty-Handed and Russia Tots Up the Cool Millions It Cost to Deliver Olympics, Robin Scott-Elliot Ponders What We Learned in Sochi

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Elise Was Frozen out but Putin Had Fun and Games; as Our Ice Maiden Returns Empty-Handed and Russia Tots Up the Cool Millions It Cost to Deliver Olympics, Robin Scott-Elliot Ponders What We Learned in Sochi

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Byline: Robin Scott-Elliot

1 RULES RULE

Poor Elise Christie. Or should it be Careless Christie? The Scot was penalised or disqualified in all three of her races. In the 1,500m she was clearly at fault but in the other two she was held responsible in judgments that were about as clear as the Black Sea.

2 HOSTING HELPS

Like Britain two years ago, Russia's athletes shone on home soil. In 2010 they endured their worst-ever Winter Games but here a revived team collected 13 golds to finish top of the medal table.

3 THEY ALL COUNT

Even if some of them are not really Russian, the noise when Victor An won his third short-track gold threatened to lift the roof off the Iceberg Skating Palace. The howls of outrage coming out of Seoul, the place of his birth, might have matched it. He was given Russian citizenship in 2011 -- the same year as Vic Wild, who won two snowboarding golds. The American qualified through his Russian wife Alena Zavarzina.

4 NOTHING IS WORTH PS30BN

These Games were good but not worth PS30billion. Vladimir Putin got what he wanted with Russian success and a Games that looked good and ran smoothly. But the previous Winter Olympics in Vancouver cost just PS4bn, so this was excessive.

5 BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT

Four medals is an excellent return, equalling Britain's best Games performance. And three of them were claimed by women -- in recent years Britain's women have performed much better than the men. The skiers and snowboarders only managed one but a young team promise much for 2018.

6 BUT FOR HOW LONG?

That's the big question, since the Scots might not be part of Team GB next time. British Olympic officials and Scottish athletes skilfully evaded all questions on what the outcome of the referendum might mean for sport. Here it would have halved Britain's medal haul. …

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