BBC Sport - Vancouver 2010 - Russia's Olympic 'humiliation'
Quoted from article(Mr Putin is a fanatical sportsman. He has vowed repeatedly to rebuild Russia's sporting prowess.
Russian sports officials thought they had created a secret formula. Spend millions on PR, and promise athletes top dollars for winning. It turns out it takes more than this to win medals
Over the past 10 years his government has spent millions of dollars on new training programmes. Now people are starting to ask why there is nothing to show for it. )
Because it takes more than money to create a world class sportsperson.
Of course Russia could continue it's march back to Stalinism and the COMMAND economy, it seemed to work for Russia during those times.