The Unpreparedness of the Winter Olympic Games

By: Samira Palmer

The 2014 Winter Olympic’s are being held in Sochi, Russia and competitors have a lot of complaints about how unprepared the event actually is.  Reports of toxic water, unfinished construction, and lack of amenities are commonplace among Olympians competing at this years Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

First off, Sochi is having anything but winter weather.  In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Taylor Fletcher stated, “parts of the track were more brown than white. I don’t know if it’s snow or mud.”  While others  thought the conditions were just fine.  Due to the snow being so hard, snowboarder Sarka Pancochova of the Czech Republic, survived with minor injuries after a crash landing that resulted in her helmet splitting nearly in half.

Next were the conditions of the hotel rooms.  There was potentially toxic water in the plumbing, hotels still under construction, no floors, or shower curtains.  Stacy St.Claire, a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, tweeted about the response she received from the hotel’s front desk when she questioned about her room’s water.  The response she received from the front desk was ” do not use on your face because it contains something very dangerous.” Then there are the broken lifts, the lack of hot water, and no extra keys.  Johnny Quinn, bobsledder, had to use his bobsled training to break through a hotel bathroom door, after getting locked in the shower without his phone.  Slovakian Ice Hockey player , Zdeno Chára, was too big for his bed.

The International Olympic Committee selected Sochi, Russia, as the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics in 2007. With exactly seven years of preparation and a  $51 billion budget, spectators and visitors may expect to have a full Winter Olympic experience.  However, athletes and spectators are having anything but a full experience.


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