2014 Games in Sochi, Russia

Re: 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia

Postby manga2read on Sun Feb 23, 2014 11:27 pm

Was I the only one spooked by how the mascots on wheels moved? The characters looked like something from a storybook yet their movements were kind of eerie especially when the cameras seemed to get looked at directly. Noticed the wheeled platforms had antennae or receivers of some kind-remote controlled or programmed rides?
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Re: 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Feb 24, 2014 8:23 pm

The Olympics are over.
Time for the Paralympians to count down to Sochi! http://www.sochi2014.com/en/paralympic

There are five sports: alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, ice-sledge hockey and wheelchair curling. No number of countries or number of athletes is yet posted, as the final list is being prepared between February 27 and March 6.

What accessibility has been provided in the new venues and infrastructure for the 2014 Games:
http://www.sochi2014.com/en/paralympic/spectators-accessibility

There are widgets and apps related to the 2014 Games so the smartphone users can keep up with the latest news.
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Re: 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia

Postby fishandchips on Sun Mar 16, 2014 4:41 pm

Glimpsed clips of action of Paralymians doing the cross-country (men's) event on CBC today. Missed the closing ceremonies.
Which countries placed in the top three for medals?
http://www.sochi2014.com/en/paralympic/medal-standings
Medal countRank Country Gold▼ Silver Bronze Total
1 Russian Fed. 30 28 22 80
2 Germany 9 5 1 15
3 Canada 7 2 7 16


Noticed in the men's event above, Canadian placed first, followed by Ukraine, then Russia.

Have the Paralympians being discussing how accessible Sochi and area are for their mobility needs?

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/sochi2014/

Paralympians (from Russia or Ukraine) who were adopted by foreigners brought attention to the foreign adoption ban during the Paralympics. http://www.themoscowtimes.com/sochi2014/paralympians-a-reminder-of-foreign-adoptions-issue.html One US athlete wants to adopt a child from Russia as she had been but since she is American, she cannot proceed.

Uh oh. A company that worked on Olympic projects is subject to several lawsuits, so company is ending its business. Why I have not seen this news in Toronto papers. http://www.themoscowtimes.com/business/article/olympic-contractor-to-fold-over-sochi-construction-cost-disputes/496160.html
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Re: 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia

Postby CielOnTap on Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:02 pm

The Roza Khutor ski hill was opened to the Russian public yesterday and an avalanche claimed the lives of three skiers.

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/03/23/avalanche_kills_skiers_on_sochi_olympics_slopes.html
One witness told the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper that the avalanche “appeared literally within seconds and practically swept away everything in its path. Those sitting and resting were knocked over and carried away in the direction of a ravine.”


That is a very sad situation to have occur for people wanting to enjoy a new sporting facility.
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Re: 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia

Postby mousepad on Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:53 pm

That is a very sad situation to have occur for people wanting to enjoy a new sporting facility.


Ciel - that is the tip of the iceberg. The olympic village is a virtual ghost town, and falling apart at the seams. Once the last athletes left after the Paralympics, the place emptied out and no one is there. Sidewalks falling apart, weeds everywhere, grass missing in other areas. FIFTY BILLION, and all for nothing. Putin's buddies made their money and walked away.

Considering the condition the place was in during the olympics, they should just bulldoze the Olympic Park instead of letting Mother Nature and time do it for them

The Sochi Olympics aren’t even a month expired, and the place is already in disrepair


http://blogs.theprovince.com/2014/03/19 ... disrepair/

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Careful where you step, the manhole covers are still missing -

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Re: 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Feb 10, 2015 11:24 am

An update on what became of promises to continue use of some of the facilities from the Sochi Games, one year later:
There was apparently a third choice, which is lucky for the ol’ oligarchs. The AP reports that Russia’s largest bank, run by a Putin confidante, is dumping the $1.7-billion loan that created the ski jump and nearby ski resort onto the state in exchange for the media centre, which was supposed to become a mall for a small seaside town that already had a mall. Also, that Russia’s third-richest man was dumping his Sochi luxury hotels next to the former Olympic Park, and the $450-million loan he took to build them, into Mother Russia’s lap.

http://www.thestar.com/sports/sochi2014/2015/02/07/sochi-olympics-legacy-empty-venues-fresh-layer-of-corruption-one-year-later-arthur.html

The media centre was slated to become a mall!


Sochi was a white elephant before the Games were over, too. Putin told a Russian town hall that after the Games were gone, “additional investment can’t really be expected after the enormous resources invested here. For all the love for Sochi, it now must be developed through very different means.” The estimated cost of maintenance was $7 billion over three years, and that was before the ruble crashed.

The 2018 World Cup is coming up, by the way. Russia is paying for it in rubles.

So yes, it’s only been a year since Sochi was such a bloated sham that the IOC finally reformed the way bids will be handled, with an emphasis on not being Sochi. Going forward there will be the option of multi-city and country bids, with the theoretical goal of better sustainability. Even in the IOC, den of thieves and grifters, nobody objected.


That next sporting event for 2018-I'm sure there will be some changes.
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