Bach: "The Olympic stage is set"


ADLER, Russia — The 2014 Winter Games come at an anxious moment in our world, and these Olympics arrive attended by all manner of controversy, and so it was with intense symbolism that the new president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, made his first appearance Monday at a formal news conference.  

The president made his entry into the huge conference hall from a door at the front, on the left. There would be no suit and tie. He wore a blue shirt and a cream-colored sweater. He bounded up the stairs, squinted into the bright lights, settled into his seat at the center of the dais and, relaxed, comfortable, confident, made clear he expects these Games to be a huge success.

“The Olympic stage,” he said, “is set.”

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