Journalists Are Having A Rotten Time At Sochi, And Their Tweets Are Pretty Funny

Everything’s ready for the Sochi Olympics, except the hotel rooms, the door handles, the shower curtains, the tap water, and the floor. posted on

1. While the athletes are ready for the Sochi Winter Olympics, which get under way at the Black Sea resort on Thursday, let’s just say some of the facilities are not.

Murad Sezer / Reuters

2. Journalists are known to complain a bit on foreign trips and at big events, but this is something else.

Congrats to @Dave_Schwartz only media personality who's arrived in Sochi with a hotel room that's ready, with doorknob that doesn't fall off

My hotel has no water. If restored, the front desk says, "do not use on your face because it contains something very dangerous." #Sochi2014

CNN booked 11 rooms in one @Sochi2014 media hotel five months ago. We have been here for a day and only one room is available. #cnnsochi

Still waiting for "preparations" on hotel room to finish. Hoping they're origami-folding toilet roll, rather than, say, putting the roof on.

First rule of staging an Olympics. Keep the hacks happy. Rooms, facilities sound atrocious. #Sochi

8. And when the water does work, you think twice before drinking any.

Water restored, sorta. On the bright side, I now know what very dangerous face water looks like. #Sochi #unfiltered

9. Curtains are optional.

10. At least hotels know who’s boss.

The reception of our hotel in #Sochi has no floor. But it does have this welcoming picture.

11. And beware the cartoon-style uncovered manhole on the sea front.

Watch your step @Sochi2014 -- I've noticed on walkway and on sidewalks that not all man holes are always covered.

12. You could always get a refreshing drink to calm the nerves… oh.

Sochi hotel not quite finished, & has no record of my reservation. I'll go to the bar while they try to sort it. Oh.

13. This was the view this morning from the Ice Cube Curling Center — we’re assuming the piles of earth are not decorative.

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14. Construction workers could still be seen this week finishing hotels in the area.

Kai Pfaffenbach / Reuters

15. Bruce Arthur of writes of a chaotic scene greeting foreign journalists, one of whom had to climb out of his hotel room window because the doors were locked.

One found his room was full of debris, while the next had construction workers sleeping in it. Journalists are known to complain about a lot of things, but this does sound like mismanagement on a very large scale.

16. Still, at least the views are nice.

17. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said on Monday: “The Olympic stage is ready for the best winter athletes of the world.”

Stefano Rellandini / Reuters

18. The Sochi games are costing Russia $51 billion to stage, which is five times the the cost of the last Winter Olympics, which were in Vancouver, Canada, in 2010.

Marko Djurica / Reuters

Vladimir Putin has rejected the allegation that one-third of the total cost of the games is being siphoned off by corrupt officials and construction companies.

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