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Are Olympics too big to succeed?

Security concerns, cost overruns make hosting Olympics a risky proposition

Updated: January 25, 2014, 1:02 AM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPN.com

Even if the Olympics are your favorite sporting event, bar none, a nagging thought has been hard to tamp down in the past few days amid the steady thrum of downbeat news swirling around the Winter Games, which begin Feb. 7 in Sochi, Russia.

Are we quickly getting to the point at which the Olympics are too big not to fail?

It's painful to even ask the question. Olympic athletes' performances are still reliably breathtaking, and the idealism the Games spark has sometimes quite literally ...

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