The day before the opening ceremonies and last-minute construction continues in Sochi, along with reports of broken infrastructure, unsanitary conditions, and botched logistics. Timothy Heritage, Brussels bureau chief and European affairs editor for Reuters, reports from Sochi on whether Russia has properly prepared for the Olympics.
These Tweets Do Not Inspire Much Confidence About How Ready Sochi Is...
My hotel room has no internet, no hot water, no curtains and no furniture. On the plus side, three of the four lights work. #Sochi2014— jian ghomeshi (@jianghomeshi) February 5, 2014
Ok, so my hotel doesn't have a lobby yet.— Mark MacKinnon (@markmackinnon) February 4, 2014
To anyone in Sochi: I am now in possession of three light bulbs. Will trade for a door handle. This offer is real: pic.twitter.com/7AeesqDi8Y— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) February 4, 2014
My hotel has no water. If restored, the front desk says, "do not use on your face because it contains something very dangerous." #Sochi2014— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) February 4, 2014
Parts of Sochi remind me of Phoenix in 2009. Unfinished, lavish buildings incongruously placed. pic.twitter.com/FtZ2x0gSS1— Anton Troianovski (@AntonWSJ) February 5, 2014
...But These Give Us A Little Hope
Go Canada Go!!! pic.twitter.com/8xPYqBkTbY— Maxence Parrot (@MaxParrot) February 4, 2014