By NICK CARRA
The opening ceremonies for the Winter Olympic Games began at 11 a.m last Friday and reports from journalists about the conditions of the host city Sochi, Russia, are are not looking good.
Hotels are in shambles. Reporters and athletes live in rooms that would disgust me with their colorless, broken-down walls and filthy bathrooms. The locks on doors do not work, plumbing is not fully functional, water looks like warm beer and curtains and walls are torn apart.
From what it looks like, Sochi isn’t ready to host the Winter Olympic Games. Do an image search for “Sochi Olympic hotel conditions.” Inside you will find pictures of toilets placed feet away from each other without privacy, blank walls and malfunctioning electricity.
Even the slope-style snowboarding course was inadequate.
Employees were seen hours before Friday’s events working on the slope-style course, athletes say the snow conditions aren’t good and some have even been injured during the practice runs.
Marika Enne of Finland was carried off in a stretcher, after hitting her head during the slope-style practice run. U.S athlete Shaun White jammed his wrist during the practice as well.
White withdrew from the event, although his main focus is to win the half-pipe, he would also like to avoid injury.
“With the practice runs I have taken, even after course modifications and watching fellow athletes get hurt, the potential risk of injury is a bit too much for me to gamble my other Olympics goals on,” White said regarding his withdrawal.
During the opening ceremony, the fifth ring in the Olympic symbol failed to illuminate, which furthers the thought that Sochi just may have too much on their hands to handle the Olympic games. From what it looks like, those in Russia failed to prepare the city of Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics.