The 2014 Winter Olympic Games officially open Friday in Sochi, Russia, overshadowed by some Olympic-sized problems.

The Homeland Security Department is banning all liquids from carry-on bags on non-stop flights from the U.S. to Russia, while terrorism remains a concern at the games. Host nation Russia has been condemned by LGBT activists for its “gay propaganda” law. Journalists arriving to cover the Olympics arrived to find unfinished hotel rooms without doorknobs, missing manhole covers, and signs asking that toilet paper be put in a trash bin instead of being flushed.

The Sochi games will be the most expensive in history — $50 billion. By comparison, the 2000 Winter Olympics in Vancouver cost $7 billion.

We want to know: are the Olympic games worth the spiraling costs, and the problems that they are facing this year? Should they be scaled back? Share your comments below, and watch for them on WBZ News in the Morning from 4:30 to 7:00 a.m.


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