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2:35 PM, Feb 22, 2014   |    comments
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SOCHI, Russia - With the 2014 Olympic Games winding down, it's business as usual for the more than a dozen Olympics one American has been to.

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Lisa Delpyneirotti has been to 17 summer and winter Olympics dating back to the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.

"I got the Olympic bug and have been going ever since," Delpyneirotti said.

Now a professor at George Washington University, Delpyneirotti brought 26 students to Russia to study the "nuts and bolts of how you put on such a mega event."

"One of the main reasons people attend the games is for the international party atmosphere," she said.

Delpyneirotti said that Russia's main issues early on with hotels is a common problem at any Olympics.

"Media comes four or five days before competition so what else are they going to write about?" she said.

The question will ultimately be what long term legacy Sochi will leave. Some question the environmental impact the Olympics will have on Sochi and whether the massive new venues will end up unused like those in Athens, or become popular attractions like in Salt Lake City.

"Athens is one that comes to mind that didn't do a good job," said Delpyneirotti.

It will be years before people can really assess the Olympic's impact on Sochi.

"My fear is what happens afterwards but for right now, in the moment, it's tremendous," she said.

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