Let it be said that I pick on people and countries who deserve it, not just the US.
So Russia. Oh Mother Russia.
I'm a Canadian. So come the Summer Olympics, I generally tune out. Winter Olympics, though? That's my jam. 4 years ago, we had them here in Vancouver, and they were well run and generally a super success unless you're from the country Georgia (that's not funny, I'm sorry).
This year, as most of you are probably aware, they're in Sochi, Russia and they start this weekend.
And based on every tweet coming out of there, barely anything is complete, and anything that is complete, is terrible and/ or will kill you if you use it. Like this tap water from a journalist's room. Don't worry though, the journalist was warned (and I directly quote): "Don't use it on your face because it contains something very dangerous".
Not just "dangerous".
You think that's bad. Here's another quote:
"-when the first journalist arrived, someone had left an indeterminate amount of semen on the sheets of the second bed, and those sheets had been taken away for cleaning, and hadn’t come back."
This is downright embarrassing for the nation of Russia. These Olympics don't just sprout up a couple days in advance, they've had 7 years to plan and build the facilities. The same 7 years that Vancouver, Turin, Salt Lake City, etc had before it. And after a worldwide scandal re: gay rights, terrorist attacks, corruption, THIS is how you want your country to be represented on the world stage when the spotlight is on you? It's not just embarrassing, it's shameful. Not only that, in Vancouver the TOTAL operating cost was $8 Billion.
Fifty Billion Dollars, and half the thing isn't even finished yet. HOW?
I am genuinely worried for Olympians the world over. If the hotels, and streets aren't even close to completion, just how safe are the actual sporting facilities? In 2010 there was a death in Vancouver on a properly built bobsled track. It's bad if in 2014 I'm expecting a grandstand to collapse or a stadium roof to fall in.
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