Originally Posted by primoz
Ski Otter I don't know if you don't know this or you just ignore this, to make it look worse. All this what you are writing (except for weather conditions, which werent all that bad comparing it to Vancouver for example) is not responsibility of Russia/Russians/Olympic organizer but guys responsible for building skiing courses. And believe it or not, these guys are not Russian but guys who are building these courses for every single Olympics or World championships.... in alpine skiing that would be Bernhard Russi and his team, and Olympics organizer doesn't have a vote on this. So if there's problem with courses and how they are planned, right address to complain is FIS and Mr. Russi, not Putin ;)
Objections were raised to this venue but ignored. A hastily built, seaside resort ski area with no track record on both snow conditions and slope conditions, with, in fact, suspect snow conditions, no previous halfpipe or slope style builds, no advanced experience possible for anyone, local or not, was a poor selection.
No one from outside could plan, inspect or gain needed experience with this venue, because it was being hastily finished behind schedule (due, allegedly, to both inexperience and graft) even as people, including those you mention, were needing to build, set up and practice.
The resulting real problems were predictable, and were predicted by many.
The selection committee(s) and site promoters ignored those with some common sense about all this including the tech folks you try to blame.
At, say, Copper Mountain, the snow is good at known times of year. At Copper, a team works with their well-worked Olympic half pipe over the whole season, multiple seasons, to coordinate the snow, angles, heights, slope, etc. with the evolving contestant needs, especially for safety. It requires experience and adjustment over time - including localized experience and trail and error - again, over time - to get it right. This is the opposite of the Sochi venue.
So why select such a white elephant locale? Just politics (in this case, at the expense of results and safety)? Or also bribery?