Updated Feb 12, 2014 - 1:31 pm
I Got 5 On It: The best-worst things about Sochi so far
Without delay and only a brief introduction, here are the five best-worst things that have happened at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia so far.
Best-worst, you ask? You know, if you were to put all the bad things that have happened at this Olympics and I were to choose the best of the worst? Make more sense now? Good. Onwards.
1) Johnny Quinn
Johnny Quinn is a member of the USA men's bobsled team. He's a pusher (no, not a drug pusher). His Olympic experience hasn't all been about the competition though. On Sunday, Quinn was locked in his hotel bathroom in Sochi. He left his cell phone in the other room and couldn't call for help. So, he did what any other red-blooded American would do: Quinn broke through the bathroom door, and then posted this picture on Twitter.
Quinn's penchant for getting stuck behind locked doors didn't stop there either. The very next day, he and bobsled teammate Nick Cunningham were trapped inside an elevator. Quinn took the liberty to post a couple of those photos on Twitter as well to show his attempted escape.
Talk about bad luck. Or maybe it's just Sochi luck. Luckily, Quinn is out of the elevator and ready to try and win a medal for Team USA.
2) The toilets
There have been numerous stories about the hotel conditions in Sochi (outside of Johnny Quinn's experience). There's even a hashtag on Twitter (#sochiproblems) for people to share their horror stories. Journalists who first arrived to cover the Olympics were the first to jump on board. They showed a litany of problems with their rooms. Some showed floods and stray dogs. Others showed unfinished rooms and construction equipment. Plenty focused on the lack of running water and the conditions of the toilets. This one is the one that took the cake.
There's a toilet. There's a black bin. And there's a sign warning guests not to flush toilet paper down the actual toilet. Instead, place it in that bin. Ummm, no thanks. I think I'll pass.
3) The weather
Remember, this is the Winter Olympics. One of the major requirements is snow. Average high temperatures in this city along the Black Sea in February are about 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Some could even argue why give Sochi the Olympics games in the first place based on the weather alone, especially given this past week's temperatures reaching a high of 63 degrees. This has caused all kinds of havoc on the Olympics events schedule.
Organizers had to postpone several of the ski jumping events because the snow in the landing area had softened too much. It became dangerous for the jumpers to land. The half-pipe has also been criticized by just about every American. Snowboarder Danny Davis called it "garbage." Shaun White said the warm weather conditions will prevent him from doing his best tricks on the half pipe. Spoiler alert: White, the defending gold medalist failed to even medal, finishing fourth.
4) The fans, or lack thereof
Quite simply, they just aren't showing up despite the fact that 80 percent of the tickets have been sold. Call it fears of terrorism, call it bad hotel rooms, call it a lack of enthusiasm, call it whatever you want, there have just been plenty of empty seats.
The same thing happened in London back in 2012. There's a huge difference though. In Sochi, only 500,000 total tickets are available. Two years ago, during the London Summer Olympics, there were eight million potential seats. They didn't sell them all out either, so to make it look good on TV, Olympic organizers filled the empty London seats with members of the military. In Sochi, they are finding "volunteers" to make the crowds look full for television audiences.
Apparently, the Olympics are just that much better to watch on TV.
5) Bob Costas
The poor NBC sportscaster has come down with some type of eye infection. He toughed it out it at first because the problem was contained to his left eye. Then it spread to his right eye.
Now, he's taking a couple days off to recover.
It didn't stop him from drinking some vodka on the air. He said, "My eyes can't get any redder."
Way to go Bob Costas! When in Russia, drink vodka, especially if you have an eye infection.
Rob Hunter, Host, Rob & Karie