The Sochi accommodations are equal opportunity nuisances. The Paralympics kick off tomorrow, and already Team USA sled hockey goalie Steve Cash has received the traditional Sochi welcome:
Many accommodations in the Sochi area simply weren't ready for the thousands of visitors and journalists who arrived earlier this month. It sounds like it could have been even worse, if not for the IOC forcing the Russians to kick things into overdrive last fall.
At 6'9", Slovak defenseman Zdeno Chara is undoubtedly the tallest Olympian at Sochi, and the most likely to struggle with the spartan living arrangements. But worry not. Organizers wheeled in what's described as an "extended bed," and appears to be an ottoman.
Yes, it means an assortment. Shut up.
There is a quiet war being waged between newly arrived Olympic athletes and members of the games support staff. At stake? The precious few pillows extant in Sochi.
So you want to poop in Sochi. One of the unexpected highlights of the lead-up to the Olympics has been the discovery that many of the bathrooms in and around Sochi are, shall we say, Russian Unorthodox. If you or a loved one are heading to the Olympics, you may need a primer. Allow us to help.
Thousands of residents of Sochi's Imereti Valley were evicted from the land that would become the Olympic complex, and despite their legal challenges and protests (including hunger strikes), were resettled in nearby Nekrasovskoye, a village built from scratch.
The North American media has descended on Sochi, and...how do we put this gently? Sochi's not ready.
Canadian journalist Stephen Whyno has arrived at the Olympic village in Sochi, and he got to take a peek at one of the bedrooms that members of the Canadian hockey team will be staying in. It's going to be like being at summer camp!