Russia Depriving U.S. Athletes of Sweet, Tempting, New York–Made Yogurt

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Photo: Chobani

A shipment of some 5,000 Chobani yogurt cups earmarked for U.S. athletes in Sochi sits idle at Newark International Airport, its future uncertain. Russian customs officials reportedly won't let the shipment through, meaning athletes who had become used to snacking on the official yogurt of the United States team may not get their fix. But Senator Chuck Schumer is on the case. "Chobani Yogurt is safe, nutritious and delicious and the Russian Authorities should get past ‘nyet’ and let this prime sponsor of the US Olympic Team deliver their protein-packed food to our athletes," the senator said in a statement. As the New York Times points out, "yogurt production is a booming business in upstate New York, a place that does not have many booming businesses." So, here's hoping they get things worked out, for the sake of the athletes and that prime New York yogurt.