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The Storyline From Sochi

from Bruce Arhur of the National Post at Canada.com.

But the hotels are where the Russian Games are visibly straining at the seams. In the Ekaterininsky Kvartal hotel, the elevator is broken and the stairway is unlit, with stairs of varying and unpredictable heights.

Outside the Chistya Prudy, there is a bag of concrete in a palm tree, leaking grey down the trunk. Inside, some of the electrical outlets are just plates screwed into drywall.

Sports Illustrated’s Brian Cazeneuve had to clamber through a window to get out of his hotel on Tuesday morning, since the doors were all unexpectedly locked. Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun was without electricity for the first day.

My Postmedia colleague Cam Cole’s bathtub came loose from the wall, and therefore rocks like a ship. He has a shower curtain, though. In the Rosa Khutor section of the mountains, Stacy St. Clair of the Chicago Tribune was told by the front desk that if the water worked, “do not use on your face because it contains something very dangerous.” When it did come out of the tap, it looked like a lot like cloudy urine.

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added 10:56am, from Neil Davidson of the CP at Yahoo,

Outside the Main Press Centre in Sochi, a line of perfectly measured, manicured palm trees displays the exotic flavour of these Winter Olympics.

There are palms trees elsewhere in Sochi outside the Olympic bubble, but many of them are mired in a sea of mud and looking more than a little tired.

While the Sochi Games clearly have an impressive wow factor with their coastal setting and picturesque mountains, some of the infrastructure remains a work in progress.

Fields of mud or broken rock scream of staging yet to be done, as if the Games were two months away rather than two days. Stray dogs casually go about their business.

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Ajax19's avatar

Stray dogs casually go about their business.

Well, apparently Sochi is taking care of that problem by hiring a company to gather up and kill all of the stray dogs.

This will be interesting.

Posted by Ajax19 on 02/04/14 at 12:37 PM ET

Mistercristo's avatar

National Post link is misdirecting.

Posted by Mistercristo from Cameron Frye's garage, circa 1987 on 02/04/14 at 01:12 PM ET

Mistercristo's avatar

Did anyone expect a different scenario?

Honestly?

Posted by Mistercristo from Cameron Frye's garage, circa 1987 on 02/04/14 at 01:14 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Fixed Mister…

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/04/14 at 01:16 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

A long time ago, Nikita Khruschev said, “We will bury you.” Looks like this is Putin’s attempt to do the same, but in the guise of “hotel service.”

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 02/04/14 at 01:27 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

A country run by Putin struggling to pull off an event the size of the Olympics??

shocked, shocked I say

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 02/04/14 at 03:01 PM ET

awould's avatar

But the hotels are where the Russian Games are visibly straining at the seams. In the Ekaterininsky Kvartal hotel, the elevator is broken and the stairway is unlit, with stairs of varying and unpredictable heights.

There’s a house near Ypsilanti that supposedly was built by Henry Ford’s “security” guy. This house allegedly has a spiral staircase with stairs of varying and unpredictable heights. The purpose for these stairs is to cause someone to fall and break their neck. Seems kind of risky to have a similar staircase, and unlit, in a hotel. Just sayin.

Posted by awould on 02/04/14 at 06:16 PM ET

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