Reporters: Sochi games already a disaster

Not quite as frightening a prospect as a naked luge run, but close. (Image from Twitter)

Not quite as frightening a prospect as a naked luge run, but close. (Image from Twitter @wyshynski)

Communism is a lot like the Atlanta Falcons. It may look OK on paper but come game time things fall apart.

Reporters arriving to cover the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, a resort town closely linked to mass murderer Joseph Stalin, probably weren’t expecting luxury. But, they likely believed their hotel rooms would have running, non-toxic water and toilets that could handle toilet paper.

It has been reported that only 6 of 9 media hotels are ready in the hastily-and-shoddily prepared resort town, but even the “finished” hotels seem to lack the basics.

The Washington Post recaps some miffed reporters’ tweets, which detail a few of the problems:

  • Some hotels don’t have finished lobbies. Guests have to find the hotel manager’s room.
  • If your room has running water, it may be ‘dangerous.’
  • Hot water is precious.
  • Used toilet paper should not be flushed, but placed in a bathroom waste bin.
  • Door knobs, curtains and other things are falling off.
  • Despite the mass-execution of stray dogs, many are still wandering in and out of rooms.
  • Construction workers are living in some rooms.
  • Manhole covers are missing from sidewalks.

Russia has spent a record $51 billion to get Sochi ready for the Winter Games, which start Thursday. Opening ceremonies will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Atlanta time.

Organizers say rain slowed construction progress, but Russia was awarded the games in 2007 so that’s a feeble excuse.

Why did Olympics organizers decide to award the games to a practically non-existent city instead of a place like Salzburg, Austria?

Some say it was because of politics.

Some say it was because of the efforts of one of the world’s biggest heroin dealers.

Sochi’s winning bid “guaranteed” 57,368 hotel rooms would be built, but it didn’t say they would all have safe drinking water.

The bid also didn’t mention ‘black widow’ terrorists, anti-gay laws, hundreds of thousands of unsold tickets and the need for 40,000 armed troops.

Here’s a crazy thought … the next Olympic city should be chosen by gold medal winners. That might make curling exciting!

Even more excitement:

66 comments Add your comment

Travis Salter

February 5th, 2014
8:53 am

Having been a veteran visitor of former ‘CIS’ nations’ hotels, and having stayed on the ‘Euro’ floors of said hotels (and charged an outrageous room charge), it sounds ‘par for the course’. One thing I guarantee each hotel will have: 1) thick neck thugs at the ground floor elevators, and 2) phone calls from prostitutes as you enter the room (and for some time after that) “Do you want a pretty girl?”
Wait until the hotels are a little ’seasoned’. More things will go wrong and remain in disrepair and all of the spacious windows will be covered with soot from the fumes of passing vehicles and smoke.

joey biden

February 5th, 2014
8:55 am

A preview of the U.S. in the years to come….courtesy of King Obama and his band of merry men, the congress and the msm.

Curious George

February 5th, 2014
8:55 am

Did Sochi use Clayton County as the model for this little utopia they’ve created?

Eric

February 5th, 2014
9:02 am

So, the AJC once again proves their crack researching and reporting skills within the first sentence. You guys DO realize that Russia is NOT a communist country, right?

Travis Salter

February 5th, 2014
9:14 am

Having been a veteran visitor to many of the former ‘CIS’ nations, and having always been placed on the ‘Euro’ floor of said hotel (and charged an outrageous amount), it sounds ‘par for the course’. Two items I guarantee you will have: 1) thick neck thugs milling around the main floor elevators; and 2) phone calls from prostitutes as you enter your hotel room (and for some time thereafter). “Do you want a pretty girl?”
Just wait until the new hotels become ’seasoned’. More items will fall into disrepair and the spacious windows will be covered with soot from the passing vehicles (noxious smoke all around) and never washed.
Their hotel rooms have photos of prime minister Putin glowering at you, while we have Gideon Bibles in USA.
I worry that the athletes will suffer some pulmonary disease.
Not being a capital city, I doubt that Sochi’s infrastructure will ever stay functioning (at least not until the winter passes and it thaws out).

Just Sayin

February 5th, 2014
9:14 am

Many smaller hotels and inns in Europe request that you do not flush paper in the toilet. They are on septic tanks or have ancient plumbing that is easily clogged. I stayed at a 3 star in Rome recently that had the same request.

Curious George

February 5th, 2014
9:25 am

Other than also being a “disaster,” what else does Sochi have in common with Clayton County, the AJC’s accuracy in facts & grammar usage, the Denver Broncos Super Bowl performance and The 0bamaJiveTalker Regime?

Fletch

February 5th, 2014
9:30 am

The Russians can’t do anything right. Having flown in the Navy and seeing a Mig 29 in person compared to my Hornet, it was laughable. Literally, it was thrown together like a Yugo.

These Olympics will be a disaster.

Bernie31

February 5th, 2014
9:30 am

Yep, Sochi..like the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic Circus Games… with Our very own Home Grown Terrorist – A Republican Conservative and a Right to Life advocate running around with everybody’s Head in a very Dark Place.

uh..huh

Jim Fenno

February 5th, 2014
9:31 am

Communism? Russia is not communist. The Soviet Union dissolved long ago.

LydiasDad

February 5th, 2014
9:43 am

Russia is a former Communist nation, and we all know it hasn’t fully shaken off the trappings that come along with Communism. I agree that this Olympics will be a disaster. I just hope inconveniences are the worst of it, and no one is killed, but I fear the latter.

Braves #17 Fan

February 5th, 2014
9:55 am

I was surprised seven years ago when they announced the winning host city. Atlanta had its issues, as did most host cities, but overall did a great job. It will be interesting to see how Sochi holds up.

George Mathis

February 5th, 2014
9:55 am

While Russia may no longer officially be a communist nation, the city of Sochi is a “planned” city straight out of Stalin’s playbook. And that is why the doorknobs don’t work.

Brace4impactz

February 5th, 2014
9:57 am

Any complaints by the athletes are a definite concern….reporters, not so much.

DeezNutz

February 5th, 2014
10:29 am

“One thing I guarantee each hotel will have: 1) thick neck thugs at the ground floor elevators, and 2) phone calls from prostitutes as you enter the room (and for some time after that) “Do you want a pretty girl?””

Service with a smile. Sounds like Vegas.

JOy

February 5th, 2014
10:42 am

It’s common in most of the world to place toilet tissue in trash cans instead of flushing it. Their plumbing simply can’t handle it. I hardly think the inability to flush tissue could be dubbed disastrous.

Newman24

February 5th, 2014
10:42 am

Seriously he has made an extremely bold statement to compare Communism to the Falcons. It’s appalling and not funny. I am disappointed the AJC would allow this Article to be printed. The lack of World History knowledge alone makes me cringe. Every Olympics has had their moments in the past and I am sure Russia will have theirs as well. One thing is for sure I hope the Athletes that have trained so hard enjoy their Olympic Games to the fullest. Judging by the poor representation of facts in this article it makes me wonder if the Hotels are even THAT bad.

Nick Danger

February 5th, 2014
10:50 am

As others have mentioned, most of the world does not flush toilet paper. But give the guy a break – it’s his first time traveling outside of Georgia.

Theron Sapp

February 5th, 2014
11:02 am

This is an embarrassing waste of space for the newspaper of a former Olympic city. There’s the aforementioned “communism” mistake in the lede, some sort of not funny curling joke at the end, and a few grafs lifted from other news organizations in the middle. And then come the obligatory racist and anti-Obama comments. Good grief.

Willydoit?

February 5th, 2014
11:03 am

America needs to be more like Europe!

NOT!!

wizz

February 5th, 2014
11:34 am

Clearly most of the comments,support the well-known fact-americans are brainwashed ignoramuses(especially in the South)…

Peach that Left

February 5th, 2014
11:45 am

Some are acting like it is common knowledge, but I had never heard of not flushing toilet paper before these stories surfaced regarding Sochi’s accommodations. And yes, I have traveled outside of this country.

NYNick

February 5th, 2014
12:07 pm

winter olympics—total boredom–i may not watch any of that stuff

Bumper

February 5th, 2014
12:11 pm

Are we sure Nathan Deal and Kasim Reed were not hired as consultants to get Sochi ready?

Hidden agenda

February 5th, 2014
12:16 pm

The selection of the host city is ALWAYS JUST ABOUT POLITICS. Why does anyone think otherwise? There are enormous profits to be made for SOME while the citizens of the host country and city generally get the giant financial shaft. Probably the only city in which that didn’t happen was LA in 1984 and the complaints continue to this day about the over-commercialization of those Olympics.

Pretending that this kind of crap never happens in the US would be a joke. Whenever government contracts are involved there is abject failure, rampant corruption, and substandard quality. Rightly the economic system to blame is not Communism, but something both Russia and the US suffer greatly from – fascism (the unholy alliance of government and big business).

Let’s just hope for the athletes’ sake that the hundreds of thousands of free condoms they will be handing out aren’t Russian made.

Sochi told me to try the vodka

February 5th, 2014
12:46 pm

As it would make me forget what a dump this city, the accommodations and the food are for the next two weeks.

getyourfstraigh

February 5th, 2014
12:52 pm

@Fletch (The Russians can’t do anything right. Having flown in the Navy and seeing a Mig 29 in person compared to my Hornet, it was laughable. Literally, it was thrown together like a Yugo.

These Olympics will be a disaster.)

Did you really just compare an Mig 29 to the Olympics? You’re an uneducated moron!

@eidsonb

February 5th, 2014
1:08 pm

Funny I did not know Barry was president of Russia as well….welcome to the world of Payoff’s, Kickbacks and run away Liberalism. Barry’s DREAM…

Terminatah-X

February 5th, 2014
1:15 pm

Uh, hello AJC, Russia is NOT communist. it helps to know what the hell you are talking about before you criticize others…..Geez…..

Rich Black

February 5th, 2014
1:19 pm

I love Gay people!!!

Nick Roberts

February 5th, 2014
1:29 pm

Tim

February 5th, 2014
1:35 pm

hey! idiots! Russia hasn’t been Communist since the fall of the Soviet Union

war eagle

February 5th, 2014
1:35 pm

cannot imagine the STINK from the bin from all that toilet paper. Maybe they will have skeet shooting using the terrorists.Wish we would just stay home and not bother to go. theseolympics will be a disater. Better yet, why bother having the Olympics? They serve NO purpose at all but to close down commerce in the city for two weeks.

Businessman

February 5th, 2014
1:36 pm

war eagle

February 5th, 2014
1:41 pm

btw- it is not racist if it is true and the facts are there to back it up. then again, liberals do not let facts get in the way of pushing their immoral agenda in the pursuit of votes and staying in power to oppress the people. FACT OBAMA is PATHETIC as is Pelosi, Reed, Waters, Jackson and the rest of the Racial Grievance committee. USO is now the United States of Obama- part of the 57 islamic states that he knows of.

Class of '98

February 5th, 2014
1:49 pm

American liberals would love it over there. Everyone is equally miserable. And equality is the only thing that matters.

George Mathis

February 5th, 2014
1:53 pm

I added a couple of links to the blog to make obvious Sochi’s links to communism. Enjoy!

Fred ™

February 5th, 2014
2:00 pm

Dear George:

Since you are using this format that is about to be TWO generations behind the rest of the blogs (yet still better than either one), would you PRETTY PLEASE change the default number of posts shown on a page? Ten is too few. 50 is a good number…………

Oh, and great article. I had many laughs haven’t actually been to former communist countries before. You sure nailed it this time.

Fred ™

February 5th, 2014
2:01 pm

joey biden

February 5th, 2014
8:55 am

A preview of the U.S. in the years to come….courtesy of King Obama and his band of merry men, the congress and the msm.

Thank you for reminding me once again that not only is there no cure for stupid, but no one is even researching one.

missnadine

February 5th, 2014
2:02 pm

I have travelled to more than 25 countries and have never been asked to NOT flush paper. I have however seen a Turkish toilet which was pretty wild, as well as a stall with two toilet bowls.

Fred ™

February 5th, 2014
2:03 pm

How did I type haven’t instead of HAVING in my first post? Lack of editing a post is probably the only thing that makes this “old” format bad.

joe

February 5th, 2014
2:08 pm

Ah, we didn’t want him at UGA anyway…he is totally over-rated. Good luck, butt wipe!

George Mathis

February 5th, 2014
2:11 pm

Thanks Fred. I have tried to change the number of visible comments, but for some reason my changes don’t work. I agree that would be a nice change.

I have been to a few former communist countries and the toilets accepted toilet paper.

Businessman

February 5th, 2014
2:13 pm

Yeah but could you fish in them?

moonbat betty

February 5th, 2014
2:16 pm

Hey, Fred!

You still defending Obama? j/k

Hope you are doing well.

As far as Sochi, who the hell would want to go there anyway?

Fred ™

February 5th, 2014
2:16 pm

Thanks George.

LOL Businessman, THAT was hilarious.

Fred ™

February 5th, 2014
2:22 pm

Hey Moonbat. How are tricks? Everything is well. LOL I came back to the AJC during the snow storm to check on roads and such and have since then come back to read George’s columns. He’s been cracking me up. I think I started with the Flatulent opera singer (that wasn’t you was it lol)?

How are things at Jays? You still giving them hell? I’m still boycotting him and the REST of the AJC lol. I have phone numbers or email addy’s for most of the folks I liked over there (you would be an exception), so I keep in contact with my “friends.”

Another “bad” thing about this format is no avatars. I miss your’s lol. Well you be cool. Give the far left wing nutcases hell. Shame you won’t give the far right wing nutcases the same treatment lol.

moonbat betty

February 5th, 2014
2:32 pm

Yep, same ol’ same ol’. Glad all is well with uou. You should do a suprise visit at Jay’s every once in a while. You have been missed. I’m sure I’ll catch you here or there at some point in time. Take care.

I guess if one was to go to Sochi, they would be “forced” to drink Vodka instead of the water. lol

Should make for an interesting Olympics.

Mthoreau

February 5th, 2014
3:31 pm

This is the reason we did not go to the 1980 Games. If Americans knew how bad off Russia was, and still is, we would not pay outrageous taxes to compete with the Russian military. Russia is a third world country. We need to stop spendings huge amounts on a military to fight them. Instead of buying planes and tanks and bullets we should be installing water systems and electrical grids in the undevloped parts of the world. That’s how you win people over to your side; not by arming dictators.

Forgotten Truths

February 5th, 2014
3:32 pm

Funny, I have never seen the town of Lamar, Missouri mentioned as a “town closely linked to mass murder Harry S. Truman.” I guess good for them. Let’s also not forget that FDR basically handed all of eastern Europe over to Stalin so he could murder all those people instead of Hitler. But he was FDR’s “Uncle Joe” so it was ok I guess.