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What an ugly, un-distinguished-looking Olympic venue. Is that the best those Ruskies can do?

It really feels like Beijing on ice - in the best and worst senses. I still can't get over the fact Beijing rerouted the water supply from an entire rural suburb to serve their Olympic complex. It's a completely different mindset.

That said, Olympic development has to stop somewhere, especially if you're going to use it to regenerate an area. There's always going to be a point not far from the development where you can find that contrast in wealth from the Olympics. That's certainly true of London.

But the contrast seems particularly stark and less defensible when we're talking about the basics of life such as heating and water vs the wild "look at me" extravegance of Sochi's and Beijing's venues.

I blame the IOC for this. The host nations are putting up all these prestige structures to "please" the IOC. Now, the IOC should come down hard on them from the beginning to make the Games a socially sustainable and equitable venture from the start -- and if the IOC doesn't give the venues AND surrounding social conditions an endorsement, I am sure the local authorities will do something. The stupid IOC also has to put its money where its mouth is.

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You misunderstood. The bread lines reference was to Russia's past, as the Soviet Union came apart. I certainly do not predict the collapse of the Russian economy based on the Sochi Olympics, I was speculating on the ability of the economy to handle things if the infrastructure did not turn out to be used to the degree of projection. That's all.

As opposed to the US, which some would say is only months away from bread lines? What an absurd suggestion. At this point, Russia is a wealthy, mineral rich nation, with non-marginal politics. I personally wouldn't want to live there, but in terms of stability I'd say the US is in a far more volatile position going into the 21st century.

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Well, the word "allegedly" is there, but still :o ....

One of Russia's top crime lords was gunned down Wednesday in Moscow in what police described as a war between two powerful mobs over lucrative construction projects, allegedly including ones for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.


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Sochi 2014’s mountain venues set to provide lasting legacy
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The “mountain cluster” of venues that will be used during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games look set to provide a lasting legacy for the local region – and Russia as a whole.

Located in Krasnaya Polyana, approximately 40km from Sochi, the newly-built mountain venues will be home to all the skiing and sliding sports during Sochi 2014. After the Games, many of the venues will continue to host major international competitions, such as World Cup events, while also providing modern facilities for the region.

The RusSki Gorki Jumping Centre, Sanki Sliding Centre and Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, for example, will all become national training centres, providing world-class facilities for Russia’s next generation of Olympians.

The Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre, meanwhile, which will host the Alpine skiing events during Sochi 2014, will become part of a major new ski resort.

Prior to its successful bid for the Games, Sochi was more widely known as one of Russia’s most popular summer holiday resorts, but the new facilities that have been constructed – such as those at Rosa Khutor – will see it become an important winter destination as well.

"The key achievement of the Sochi Winter Games will be that Sochi is no longer regarded simply as a summer resort, but as a place where people can visit all year round,” said Sochi mayor Anatoly Pakhomov in November 2012. “Sochi has 300 days of sunshine a year. It has a unique sub-tropical climate, so in March and April you can come skiing here and still find people sunbathing on the coast. It can be 10 or 15 degrees below freezing in Krasnaya Polyana and 15 degrees on the coastline.”

"This is really a unique place,” Pakhomov added. “Sochi has always had the capacity to be an all-round resort, not just the most popular Russian summer resort. We never had the infrastructure or the conditions to make it happen before – but the Winter Games have prompted us to take that opportunity.”

Previously, the limited infrastructure in the mountains of the Krasnaya Polyana region made it difficult for visitors to take advantage of the excellent skiing conditions.

As a result of hosting the Winter Games, however, a high-speed train line has been built – linking the region with Sochi – while a new resort has also been developed in Rosa Khutor, with shops, restaurants and international hotel chains all due to open in the coming months. After the Games, it is hoped that Rosa Khutor will become a major ski destination for both Russian and overseas holidaymakers – providing another long-lasting legacy from the Games.


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Sochi 2014 Resort Will Lie Empty - Official


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19:34 27/01/2013

MOSCOW, January 27 (R-Sport) - The Olympic legacy of Sochi 2014 could include a near-abandoned resort and elite cross-country skiers forced to live in temporary builders' accommodation due to costs, a senior official said Sunday.

Organizers say Sochi will become the heart of Russian winter sport after the games, with the mountain resorts attracting elite skiers and tourists alike, but Russia's cross-country ski federation president said tourists were unlikely to travel to the resort and athletes would be priced out of the new hotel complex.

“At the moment, there’s no accommodation we can afford. If it’s like that in the future, then it’ll be a luxury even for the national team to spend that sort of money,” Elena Valbe said.

“There should be an Olympic legacy, or otherwise who will need these runs? Tourists won’t be coming here to ski.”

Olympic cross-country skiing and biathlon will take place at the Gazprom-built "Laura" complex on a plateau of the Psekhako Ridge near Krasnaya Polyana.

The complex is equipped to host up to 8,000 spectators.

Initial plans were for a transformation into a hotel and year-round training facility after the Games.

Valbe said her federation and the Russian Biathlon Union were in talks with the government to keep a temporary accommodation block used by builders as a place for athletes to live after the games.

“If they come to a compromise with us, that complex will be a good place for training camps,” she said.

Building work could prevent Russia’s cross-country skiers enjoying much home advantage next year by reducing their opportunities to train, Valbe added.

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Sochi 2014 Arena Wins Praise from Speedskaters


Sochi 2014's Iceberg Skating Palace

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19:17 31/01/2013

MOSCOW, January 31 (R-Sport) – The second international test event for Sochi 2014's Iceberg Skating Palace is still two days away, but the arena is already earning rave reviews from top figures in the short-track speedskating world.

The fifth stage of the ISU short-track speedskating World Cup starts this weekend at the futuristic 12,000-seater arena, which only opened in December.

“The facility is great,” said Canada's short-track program director Yves Hamelin, who led the Canadians to two goals and five overall medals at Vancouver 2010.

“Everything required for short track has been done here. Everything is provided for the athletes, all details were considered including, the issues of ice safety.”

More than 180 athletes from 27 countries will skate over the weekend; some have already had their first training sessions on the Sochi ice.

“Everything is good here,” Dutch skater Daan Breeuwsma said. “The arena is great and the outlines of the circle are clear.

The ice is getting better and we are building up our speed, skating with pleasure. I’m eagerly waiting competition.”

The blue-and-white arena is one of six Games facilities in the coastal Olympic Park.

It is due to stage figure skating and speed-skating events a year when they start a year from now.

Along with Ice Cube Curling Arena and the Shayba Arena, the Iceberg Arena was designed to be dismantled and relocated so other parts of the country can benefit from the Sochi legacy.

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