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Sochi 2014 Olympic Venue

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THREAD SPLIT FROM SOCHI 2014!
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What's with the whining? I have yet to see an Olympics where someone manages to control the weather. The warming temps did soften some of the courses but doubt that favored anyone. Very impressive so far, Sochi is looking very good.  

Have you been reading and watching the same Olympics? How can the Russians have spent more money than all previous Olympics combined and produce the barely thrown together infrastructure? I think what the athletes are trying to say, in a round a about way, is that the Russians should not have been chosen to host the games at this venue. That's my interpretation, and I hope the IOC comes to grip with this bad decision. I also hope they do some sort of investigation to see how many palms got greased at the IOC to make the decision to host the games there.
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I'm watching the Olympics and rooting for team USA just like everyone else, and I hope all the events go as planned. So far the actual competitions have gone well with their venues, and I'm pleasantly surprised and hope the rest of the games go well too. I guess we'll have to wait and see and decide if they were worth 51 billion dollars.
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I'm watching the Olympics and rooting for team USA just like everyone else, and I hope all the events go as planned. So far the actual competitions have gone well with their venues, and I'm pleasantly surprised and hope the rest of the games go well too. I guess we'll have to wait and see and decide if they were worth 51 billion dollars.


Meh..it's Russia's money..athletes don't care how much it cost..I don't really care..Russian's might but that's not my problem.  And yeah, Cypress Mountain in Van was nearly a washout..so I wouldn't say it's a complete fail..they did get an entire ski resort out of the deal, complete with highway and rail link. 

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I'm just disappointed that our athletes have trained their entire lives for one of the most special events of their lives with the most money spent ever, and this is what they (and the world) got. Yellow water in the tap, not enough pillows for all the beds because the organizers were surprised that the athletes showed up a day early, unfinished construction everywhere, stray dogs everywhere and dealing with the terror threat and the ring of steel. I've been to Russia and former Russian countries and this is par for the course, no surprises for me, I was hoping they would be able to showcase a descent event but it looks and reads like business as usual in Russia, and that is my pet peeve. The IOC had to know the games would be thrown together like this and they still selected the city to host the games, so I bet there was some serious palm greasing going on. I thinks the S. Koreans will do a much better job at being prepared.
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And I'm glad the news shifted away from the lack of preparedness to the athletes and their events and their stories. I just hope they do some investigating when the games are over.
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I'm watching the Olympics and rooting for team USA just like everyone else, and I hope all the events go as planned. So far the actual competitions have gone well with their venues, and I'm pleasantly surprised and hope the rest of the games go well too. I guess we'll have to wait and see and decide if they were worth 51 billion dollars.

Half the money went to corruption, which is one reason why Russian stocks trade at a P/E ratio less than Pakistan. For example, that super-highway they built to Sochi ended up costing more than sending a probe to Mars (really).  Putin's friends alone probably got half the money spent.

 

NBC is doing a better job this time around, so I guess they got the message after the horrible job the network did in Vancouver that forced many to steam events elsewhere even if they had to pay for it. Censoring the opening IOC head's speech was BS (I heard it earlier on the BBC network live streamed on ustream), but overall it isn't too bad.  "The Science Behind" segments are actually interesting, and the announcing isn't that bad and at times very good.  I still can't figure out what Chris Collinsworth is doing there.  He is a great football announcer, but seems like a fish out of water with snow-related sports.

 

This is how you use one of the biggest alleged drug kingpins in the world to secure an Olympic bid:

 

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This discussion of the Olympic Venue and possible misdirection of funds has been separated from the Sochi 2014! thread. 

 

Discussions about the venue, its cost or deficiencies can be posted in this thread: http://www.epicski.com/t/125841/sochi-2014-olympic-venue

 

Discussions about Russian politics or civil liberty issues can be posted here: http://www.epicski.com/t/122775/is-anyone-looking-forward-to-the-olympics-in-sochi-p-ht-thread 

 

Thanks 

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I'm just disappointed that our athletes have trained their entire lives for one of the most special events of their lives with the most money spent ever, and this is what they (and the world) got. Yellow water in the tap, not enough pillows for all the beds because the organizers were surprised that the athletes showed up a day early, unfinished construction everywhere, stray dogs everywhere and dealing with the terror threat and the ring of steel. I've been to Russia and former Russian countries and this is par for the course, no surprises for me, I was hoping they would be able to showcase a descent event but it looks and reads like business as usual in Russia, and that is my pet peeve. The IOC had to know the games would be thrown together like this and they still selected the city to host the games, so I bet there was some serious palm greasing going on. I thinks the S. Koreans will do a much better job at being prepared.


I get what you're saying, but to be fair, discounting all of the backroom money deals to get the Olympics, it IS supposed to be inclusive..so not only wealthy countries get the games.  I'd hope they'd spread it around.  It's kinda like taking the subway..all levels of humanity are on there and I think it's important that people recognize that not all countries are equal unfortunately, but that doesn't mean they can't have their day as well.

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Probably not the best place to ski either. Two people skiing on piste were killed shortly after the paralympics by an avalanche. Apparently the Russians don't do snow safety with explosives because they're concerned about the explosives falling into the wrong hands.

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I'm absolutely shocked!

 

Oh, wait. No I'm not. This is exactly what I thought would happen. I'm just waiting for a report that gives a good estimate of just how much of that $50 billion was stolen.

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