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Olympic Russian Hotel Horror Stories


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The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are mere hours away. Athletes, media and lucky travelers are flooding into their hotels and, it has been an experience most of them will never forget.

After President Vladimir Putin spent more than $50 billion on the games, it appears that the unforgettable experience will be one you don’t want to remember. Hotel horror stories are rolling in on Twitter, blogs and news reports everywhere.

Only 6 of the 9 media hotels have been completed. Those in those unfinished lodgings have been left scrambling for temporary accommodations as Russia scrambles to be ready for the games on February 7th 2014. Which, at the time of writing this, is just 21 hours, 26 minutes and 32 seconds away for Russia. Never a good sign when you see workers still laying bricks.

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Chicago Tribune reporter Stacy St. Clair shared an image of a water issue plaguing the area. When she arrived at her unfinished hotel, she had to make arrangements elsewhere. When she arrived at her new digs, the water wasn’t working and was told this when she inquired at the front desk…

“It will be fixed in 40 minutes. But when it comes back on, please do not use on your face because it contains something very dangerous.”

This launched a Tweet with an image of the “dangerous face water” that has been retweeted thousands of times. While America is used to “excess” when it comes to our creature comforts, reports that most hotels are missing things like shower curtains, light bulbs pillows and hot water continually surface. One reporter offered to trade 3 light bulbs for a working door handle. Other tourists are glad to have something as simple as a functioning door and working toilet.

Alas, the games are facing many other issues…

Putin is trying to flex his power by attempting to out-do anything he can. The Olympic Flame was on a record setting journey, but has gone out 44 times and counting. It has been re-lit by random people with cigarette lighters.

Dogs are running around everywhere according to tourists. Russia has been trying to deal with issue, but one wonders what is happening to man’s best friend when the guy running the company hired for the job calls the dogs “biological trash” on ABC. A Yahoo reported stumbled upon several dog’s heads on the retail boardwalk area of Sochi’s mountain complex. They were quickly removed after the reporter questioned nearby workers.

The WorldWatch Institute and the World Wildlife Fund has voiced concerns about “illegal waste dumping, contaminated drinking water, dangerous construction on unsound ground, light pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and disruption to native animal populations and habitats.”

A snowboarding course is being altered after several athletes have been injured. A top Norwegian snowboarder, Totstein Horgmo, broke his collarbone on the course and will no longer be competing thanks to the extremity of the course. Shaun White also just announced that he has pulled out event stating “the potential risk of injury” was serious concern.

Let’s all hope these issues are sorted out…soon.

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  1. Shiny says

    Dangerous face water. That’s a first. What a shit show.

  2. MK says

    This whole Sochi thing is a complete nightmare, I really hope nothing bad happens! I would never risk going there, I wish they had another city host the winter Olympics!

  3. Jocelyn says

    This whole thing sounds like a complete disaster. I really feel for all the press people who have to go and cover it!

  4. DD says

    Yeah I really am glad I am not there. Too bad we could have had a different city.

  5. Erin says

    32 BILLLION and this is what they have to show for it?

  6. Jocelyn says

    You couldn’t pay me to go to Russia and cover the Olympics. At least they’ll all have stories to tell their grandchildren!

  7. Nikki says

    Wow that is pretty scary, I would love to visit Russia but this scares me..

    1. BusyBee says

      That is what I was thinking, too, Nikki. I would love to go to Russia, but this makes me not want to go … ever!

  8. Robyn says

    The water is so yucky looking. Russia didn’t deserve the Olympics, but hey we know the committee is totally corrupt.

  9. MK says

    Well, hotel horrors aside, at least the opening ceremony went off without anything awful happening. The show was decent but I liked China’s better!

  10. Allie says

    This truly is deplorable. Why are we holding the Olympics there again?

  11. Janelle says

    I have a feeling this year will be a major money loss, for everyone involved. So sad.

  12. BusyBee says

    And they chose this hole over Austria why? There has to be someone counting piles of money.

  13. Jen says

    The journos covering this and complaining about the hotels need to remember that the residents there don’t have the most very basic of human rights.

  14. Jen says

    I also wish that they’d chosen Austria. I really hope an athlete doesn’t get hurt because I do worry about the safety standards.

  15. Pamela says

    I am sad about the dog issue, hope they haven’t slaughtered them.

  16. BusyBee says

    If you can’t wash your face with the water can you shower with it? blech!

  17. Pamela says

    That whole dangerous face water thing sounds just awful. Why didn’t they make sure everything was perfect?!

  18. Jocelyn says

    I am shocked by what those poor reporters and family members are having to deal with!

  19. DD says

    i WOULD NOT WANT TO BE THERE FOR THAT. I’ll sit here from home and watch

  20. DD says

    I’m thinking this could go down as the worst host in history!

  21. DD says

    I hope that nobody gets too sick from these accommodations. Yikes!

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