This is the first time that the Russian Federation has hosted the Winter Olympics.

February 6, 2014, 5:52 PM • 8 min read. A weekly update on music, movies, cultural trends, and education solutions. Maybe they were too busy installing the curtains. On the first night of Olympic coverage, NBC’s Bob Costas kicked off the broadcast by explaining his surprisingly grotesque swollen eye, which required him to forgo contacts in favor of glasses until it clears up.

Obviously much more important than a floor.

Consider the new 31-mile road and railway that run from the beachfront town of Adler to the Krasnaya Polyana ski resort, overseen by Vladimir Yakunin, a former KGB general and Putin pal who heads Russian Railways.

Stay informed about the latest scientific discoveries & breakthroughs. What is that?Corruption. The Games begin Feb. 6. According to the Washington Times, instead of airing the malfunction, Russian state television aired an edited version that utilized pre-recorded footage of the demonstration in which things went off without a hitch. With the opening ceremony fast approaching, it's safe to say the road to the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia hasn't been the smoothest in Olympic history. Sochi was elected on 4 July 2007 during the 119th International Olympic Committee (IOC) session held in Guatemala City, Guatemala, defeating bids from Salzburg, Austria; and Pyeongchang, South Korea. Sounds kind of familiar, no? Congressional hearings and official comments on security threats during the runup to the Olympics stoked fears further. Said women’s goalie Shannon Szabados via Canada.com, “We rearranged our beds so they weren’t side-by-side. First reported by the BBC’s Steve Rosenberg via a tweet on January 20, the double toilets in Sochi continue to make headlines three weeks later. Maybe they should’ve just sent out an email a few weeks ago suggesting that athletes travel with their own pillows. But this seems like a waste of manpower considering the slew of problems in the Olympic Village. ", The Pentagon's troubled, expensive new fighter jet, The simplest way to serve carrots is also the most delicious, 5 outrageously funny cartoons about Republican voter suppression, The Olympic rings stand outside of Sochi International Airport in Alder, Russia.

Lewis explains that the IOC has pushed hard to make the environment a key pillar of the Olympics movement, tracing its efforts back to the early 1990s and lauding its environmental achievements with the Sydney Summer Olympics in 2000. Hosting a Winter Games is often more challenging from an environmental perspective than hosting the Summer Games: “If you look at the environmental footprint of hosting a Games–including things like travel, construction and hospitality–doing that halfway up a mountain in what is often a delicate and pristine environmental habitat is going to be difficult,” he says. He spoke French — he never speaks French." Though the build-up to most mega-sporting events like the Olympics usually involves some kind of controversy, since being awarded the Games by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) back in 2007, Putin’s pet project by the Black Sea has been overshadowed by fears of terrorism, a crackdown on civil society, persecution of homosexuals and claims of environmental damage to one of Russia’s most ecologically valuable regions.

contact customer service Will trade for a door handle. To be sure, much of the American press arrived in Sochi in a grumpier mood than usual. He was nice. In Vancouver, one of the pillars designed to hold the Olympic flame failed to rise out of the floor. Nicknamed the 'Russian Riviera' for its mild climate and location next to the Black Sea, Sochi has a history as a resort town — but has never hosted an event on such an international scale. "Putin believes that the Winter Games are his personal project and his personal triumph," says Nemtsov. The many, many problems of the Sochi Olympics… Thankfully the issue was sorted out by the next day, and the Jamaicans were back in business by the second day of practice runs. The robotic versions featured in the opening ceremony are even worse. The bill raised widespread calls for world leaders and athletes to boycott the Games, and though the IOC says it's "fully satisfied" the legislation doesn't violate the Olympic charter, President Barack Obama nevertheless announced he wouldn't be attending Sochi, defiantly appointing two openly gay ex-athletes, Billie Jean King and Caitlin Cahow, to go instead. The "Sochi Problems" Twitter feed, after all, has more followers than the official feed. Put it in the bin provided.” #NoFlushingAllowed. You don’t have a Christian Science Monitor "There were lots and lots of empty seats.". Sochi organizing officials did not respond to TIME’s request for comment on the apparent environmental damage. Of course, leaving some of the media temporarily homeless is not a shining star on Sochi's legacy. For Russia's president, however, what's most important is that the Games themselves go off successfully. The new route into Sochi cost an estimated $8.7 billion — more than Vancouver spent staging the entire Winter Olympics in 2010. Here it is as translated by the fantastic folks over at Vocativ: ATTENTION, DEAR COLLEAGUES! "Every leader has a mega-project," said Alexander Gentelev, director of a film on Sochi, Putin's Games.