( - Seven years and an estimated $51 billion in the making,Russian President Vladimir Putin has his winter games.

Yet, the Russians might be wondering: if he built it, why aren't people coming?

As theU.S. athletes take to the ice and snow, small crowds and empty seats are becoming difficult to ignore.

On Saturday, theU.S. women's hockey teamfaced off against Finland in an arena that was little more than half-full. Men's speedskating, usually one of the most in-demand Olympic events, only managed to draw in enough fans to fill 75 percent of the 8,000 seats.

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