"More than stupid": Russian fans thumb nose at "humiliating" Olympic ban

The Olympic's executive board will decide at the end of the games whether the Russian Olympic Committee's ban might be lifted completely — potentially allowing the Russian flag to officially return just in time for the closing ceremony.

At the Sports House outside the Olympic Village, a social hall created during the games for Russian athletes and fans to gather, Russian nesting dolls decorate the exterior and Soviet hockey stars are memorialized inside.

“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte