OT: Sochi must be Russian for "FUBAR" (Updated 2/6)

Submitted by mGrowOld on February 5th, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Two days to the start of the 2014 winter olympics and it seems the Russians aren't quite ready for their guests to arrive.   The media began to arrive today and found non-function toilets & water, hotel rooms unfinished and littered with stray dogs & cats and a breakfast buffet one could only describe as "interesting" to say the least.  They have begun tweeting pictures and descriptions of the city and I'm pretty sure this isn't what Putin had in minds when he got the games.


UPDATE: Looks like they are now running out of pillows:

"Due to an extreme shortage of pillows for athletes who unexpectedly arrived to Olympic Village in the mountains, there will be a transfer of pillows from all apartments to the storehouse on 2 February 2014.:

Apparently they didnt expect the athletes to arrive in the Olympic Village.



Sochi reporter Tweets



February 5th, 2014 at 7:25 PM ^

I saw some things yesterday claiming not only could you not drink the water, but that you could even have the water touch your face. Imagine how much fun showers must be...

In Soviet Russia bottle water wash you!


February 5th, 2014 at 7:28 PM ^

Is it bad to root for a catastrophe of Olympic proportions for these games?!

I mean, I do enjoy the games, very much so, but I'd also enjoy seeing Russia fail.  No politics. 

It'll suck for the athletes if things go poorly, though, and that's not cool.  Also, by fail, I mean fail in the sense they weren't prepared and Putin has to live with the embrassment, not anything of terrorist activity; that would be downright terrible (obviously).


February 5th, 2014 at 9:36 PM ^

No, it's not cool to root for catastrophe, even if it is disconnected toilets, unless it's Putins..  For many of the athletes, it is a one and done...four years of hard work for this one chance.  Ditto for guests...people have spent a lot of money to go there for what is hopefully a great experience.

I'm too much of a realist to think that things will go off without a hitch. I just hope there is no violence or it wouldn't surprise me if some of the teams pull out and go home.


February 5th, 2014 at 7:30 PM ^

These Games are turning out to be the biggest joke ever...and they haven't even officially started yet.  Roads unpaved, buildings still under contruction, event courses carelessly made, the list goes on.  Sochi is like that stupid roommate everyone had in college who never went to class, and when he did, it was soley to beg his professor for an extension on the paper that he just found out about was due that day.  What I want to know is which IOC moron was the one who accepted Putin's envelope full of rubles to convince everyone else that this would ever work out?


February 5th, 2014 at 7:34 PM ^

Whoever picked the location for these games should be banned from ever having any input again.  It's ridiculous.  They should be held in Europe or the U.S. every time.


February 6th, 2014 at 5:37 PM ^

Believe what you like, but there's no significant danger.

Those links are silly. The first and third one are completely hearsay and admit it: "it was unclear exactly where the images come from."

The second one has severe methodology problems and makes the classic mistake of invoking Chernobyl. Chernobyl has killed fewer than 100 people, by the UN's own estimate, in almost thirty years. More people die from watching Wisconsin's offense every week. Fukushima was no Chernobyl.


February 6th, 2014 at 12:21 AM ^


Don't worry; the Alpine Skiing events won't be in Sochi--they will be about 25 miles away in a semi-nice (relative to the rest of the area, at least) resort area, with real mountains and real snow.  My point of course was that Sochi's problem isn't the 40-50 degree weather, any more than that was a problem 4 years ago in Vancouver.


February 5th, 2014 at 7:37 PM ^

That's funny (and thanks for explaining - I was wondering why you did).  And to think I started to write Clusterfuck (and then knew some people wouldn't like that too much) so I change to Clusterf*ck and then remembered OMG Shirtless downvotes any fake swearing.  

So I went with "Fubar" and thought I'd be safe.  No such luck.


February 5th, 2014 at 7:57 PM ^

Don't feel bad (and thanks for the compliment).  I respect anybody with a voting code they follow (like OMG Shirtless) cause you know exactly where they stand and why.

Sounds like it was a great toast BTW.  I can only imagine.......