After my post last night about Bob Costas name dropping Pussy Riot during the opening broadcast of the Sochi 2014 Olympics, I realized that I should also give you some sort of context as to why it happened. It wasn't just Costas going all willy-nilly and standing atop his soapbox (yet). Ol' Bobby mentioned the all female punk collective while referring to Russian snowboarder Alexei Sobolev.

After one of his qualifying slopestyle runs on Thursday, Sobolev was asked about the image on his board: A female figure wearing a ski mask, holding a knife. A canny resemblance to the punk rock ladies, but Sobolev avoided getting entangled in the mess by telling Reueters:

Yes, there is some resemblance with Pussy Riot symbols, but I had nothing to do with the design of this picture. Anyway I like this picture. It looks cool.

Day one and we already have an athlete (from Russia, non the less) 'Putin' a thumb in the eye of the countries propaganda and laws. Strap up, this Sochi ride is going to get bumpier.