Photo: Courtesy of Chobani.
Adding to the list of issues, Russians have denied entry to Chobani yogurt, of all things. That's right, thousands of those little pods you scoop up for a quick lunch are just sitting — sitting — in a Newark, New Jersey warehouse.
Even though Chobani is a major sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Team this year (and a beloved snack for hungry bears), Russian authorities and said company have been caught in a bureaucratic morass that has even New York Senator Chuck Schumer involved. Russian laws mean a loss of expected marketing presence for Chobani and a question mark hanging over administrators even beyond Russia. More than that, it's an interesting story of all the various wrinkles that weren't smoothed out before the Games started — wrinkles that appear deeper every time a major sponsor runs for the hills or an Olympic ring doesn't light up.