… with the ever-popular prologue event, Journalistic Carping. Strong opening contender Dan Wetzel, from Yahoo Sports:
… One of the great things about the Olympics is how the entire world comes together and immerses itself in the culture and way of life of the host city. This is a global community. It’s not supposed to be three weeks of opulence and seven-star hotels – unless you’re an IOC official or LeBron James, of course. It’s, hey, you’re in China, you’ll live a little like the Chinese.
Well, old Mother Russia has a treat for everyone.
You want a Soviet snapshot? How about a brilliant testament to soulless central planning, federal inefficiencies, widespread corruption and inexplicable architecture, such as the now famous double toilets…
Besides, a lot of the construction here is beyond spectacular and will play exceptionally well on global television broadcasts, which is the point of the entire operation. It stands to reason the competition facilities (which are what matter) will be fine. The Games will go on…
Right now everyone is laughing at Russia. From the photos going viral around the world to the snickering about an overambitious construction project falling short to the likelihood that posing in double toilet stalls will become the Sochi version of planking or Tebowing.
The only bright side for Putin is no one is talking about gay rights anymore. Or terrorism. Yet….
The Washington Post also helpfully collects a series of journalists’ “hilarious and gross hotel experiences“, such as:
@DChernyshenko Our media hotel is not ready Dmitry….11 rooms booked five months ago, only one ready. Please help.
— Harry Reekie (@HarryCNN) February 4, 2014
Apart from staring at our own mountains… of snow-melting chemicals, dammitIamsotiredofthiswinter… what’s on the agenda for the day?