Sochi Is Totally Not Ready For Olympics, Reporters Checking In Realize

Views Of Sochi Ahead Olympic Games
On top of the mounting human-rights crisis, Sochi has another nightmare on its hands: It is so not ready for the Olympics.

Only six of nine media hotels are reportedly ready for guests to check in, and journalists who have arrived to cover the Winter Games have already started reporting on appalling conditions, from undrinkable water and broken toilets to a lack of doorknobs.

One German photographer told the AP his hotel still had stray dogs and construction workers wandering in and out of rooms. (We guess Sochi’s canine-killing corps hasn’t gotten rid of all the strays.)

The Washington Post gathered some tragically hilarious tweets from reporters:







This is clearly God’s revenge for Vladimir Putin abusing LGBT people.

Maybe Russia could recoup some of the $51 billion it shelled out on the Olympics with a reality show about C-list celebrities forced to stay in a dilapidated hotel. And since there are no gay people in Sochi, homophobes like Kirk Cameron and Jonathan Vilma would be happy to stay there.



Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.