Sochi Olympics off to an interesting start with poor hotel conditions

Joe Bittner, ‘Doah Staff Writer
February 12, 2014

'Doah photo courtesy of The Washington Post

‘Doah photo courtesy of The Washington Post

Olympic athletes trained for years and worked as hard as they could to become the world’s best.

When performing on a world stage, one would assume that they would be treated extremely well. However, Sochi has not had the most welcoming accommodations for these athletes, and has made the athletes uncomfortable at times. This brought about a popular trend on Twitter–  #SochiProblems.

The first questionable living condition is the toilet situation.

In every bathroom, there is a diagram that explains the proper use of the toilet, as well as the improper uses.

The most surprising image is a person fishing. Needless to say, people do not normally fish in a toilet.

This brings an important question to the forefront of the Russian culture: do people fish in toilets? Is this a common practice? If so, why not go out on a lake instead? To each, their own, I guess.

But you can’t even flush the toilet paper? You are instructed to dispose of it in a marked bin next to the toilet, which is next to another toilet.

Yes, two people for every bathroom. Very cozy conditions; sitting less than two feet away from your teammate with your pants down. Not exactly quality living.

The next living condition that scares people is the water. The best advice they were given: do not drink it.

Normal water is clear and colorless; here in Winchester, we get cloudy water. In Sochi, they get yellow water that resembles urine.

Stacy St. Clair of the Chicago Tribune tweeted about the advice her hotel front desk gave her- do not use the water on your face because it contains something dangerous. What a warning to receive after your water is finally restored after days without it.

Noise is a considerable issue for people staying in Sochi.

Both inside and outside of their hotels, people have complained about construction workers and their activity.

Whether it’s working with loud machinery at obscene hours of the night or blasting techno music as loud as they possibly could, peace and quiet is hard to come by.

Not to mention the stray animals that run around, trying to live in people’s rooms.

If President Putin was attempting to make this year’s Winter Olympics memorable, he is off to a great start.

Athletes will never forget the terrible living conditions they have experienced. Things can only get better from here, right?

Stay tuned to the Olympics to find out.

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