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Here's 2005 vs late 2013 (I hope it can be enlarged to its original size!)

Okay, another tip Tony. If you're commenting on pics, no need to hit the quote button and repost all those pics again - especially if it's a long series of hi-res pics. Some people have older tech or

Well, depends. The apline skiers seemed okay with the test event two years ago (some grumbling about the downhill course, but a lot of it was with the setup rather than the hill, and that's out of the

Hmmmm, I wouldnt have thought snow fall would have been a problem in Sochi city, does it often get rain at this time of year? Im sure if it is going to be a closed roof ceremony, the ultimate design will allow for views, as that has surely been the big selling point of the stadium location. Perhaps during the athletes parade the roof will open for the culmination of the ceremony? (depending on what ever stadium ceremony rigging they have of course). I know this was the case for the opening of the 99 Rugby World Cup in Cardiff - a closed roof opening ceremony and at the conclusion, it opened for the match propper.

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The roof is to protect against meteor participants gone wrong.

It's going to be for ceremonial purposes...which means an indoor cauldron again.

Re all the new hotels, I hope I'm wrong but I can't help thinking all of those will be half empty come winter 2015; and then probably close in the fall of 2015.

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Some picture from Sotchi this week.

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This week end there is freestyle ski worldcup in Krasnaya Poliana.

After the first training the majority of athletes are unanimous, there isn't enough snow and the isn't very good too have a good competition... They hope to have best weather and snow condition this week end. Yesterday the weather was raining... :(

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The things are not going as well as what we can see in the pictures from Sochi 2014 official sources and websites

Some news and articles from Russian media ( translated by Google ) :

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February 15 19:14
Denis Tikhomirov, "We do not understand why the Russian team and the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee are vrozn"
Head coach of the Russian national snowboard Denis Tikhomirov criticized the work of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee on preparation route for World Cup competitions.
"It's not the weather. Track made very late. Do not run the car on time, snowmobiles. The work had to start the evening. We do not understand why the game is a double standard. Why the Russian team and the organizing committee of Sochi are vrozn.
Foreign teams also do not understand why, in Italy and Switzerland to plus 20 were able to make present and foundation, and in Sochi - no. And after a judge in Sochi work great. They try, but do not sleep. But the organizing committee ... We must put all these tracks professionals.
Maybe the guys from the organizing committee of the right, but given that before the Olympics was only a year - it's probably already diagnosed. Understanding with the Ministry of Sports we have. I think it will be taken seriously and the tough decisions "- quoted by Gazeta Tikhomirov.
Recall that the parallel slalom competition at the World Cup in Sochi have been canceled.
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Stepan Chaushyan: Trampolines are, and snow - no
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Clock, counting down the time until the start of the Olympic Games in Sochi. Photo: Author: Stepan Chaushyan
"In Sochi stolen billions!" "Tickets to a hockey finals just got up!" "People were evicted from their homes by paying a penny of compensation!" "Russia has failed in the Olympics!"
About such accusations and prophecies rushing with TV screens and speakers of radios, spilling out of weekly and daily newspapers, megabytes downloaded from news portals and from social networks. "Olympics for" their "organize our money" - sure almost every second Russian. He, this Russian, throw mud and refuses even to advance on the TV to watch that after 30 - 40 years will be remembered with tears in her eyes, feeling indescribable pride for the country and nostalgia for the "sweet heart mascot", personifying a magical event - the Olympic Games.
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Olympic rings at Sochi airport. Photo: RIA Novosti
All of the above - the standard scenario in which:
money slipping through your fingers, time is constantly shifting, but the Olympics are done and shines like a glossy picture;
Athletes fail the competition in all the pre-Olympic year, but are set to head start in life and succeed;
all refuse to even hear about the Olympics, but as a result of TV ratings hit record, and stands packed to capacity even in the group games in the women's hockey.
But there is also a custom script, and arrange it may not even be guest workers who failed in life, not embezzlers, squandered too much budget money, not politics, not athletes or even fans ...
Surprise can give ... weather.
Though, can this be called a surprise if the Winter Olympics held in the subtropical latitudes, at the southernmost point in its history? With whom do not speak in Sochi, zero temperature in the middle of February - it's not nonsense, but rather a fact of life even the South. Even the motto of the Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014 saying: "Hot! Winter! Yours! "Hot! That's it, it's hot! Now Sochi +11 +13 degrees - hot for the middle of February!
Yes, the ski jump with them on skis built for too long. Vladimir Putin personally inspected this mess, he marveled at the cost of the amount of money and time, made ​​a public flogging Ahmed Bilalov and temporarily forgot about the Olympics - to the next spanking.
But the fact remains that the trampoline is built. To the competition, they are ready. A national championship in jumping ski jumping was moved from Sochi in Nizhny Tagil. The question is why? Answer: there is no snow!
"We want to jump in the snow, in the snow and that's going to jump," - said the executive director of the Federation jumping ski jumping and Nordic combined Russia Andrey Vorobiev .
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View of the ski jump in the Olympic center "Russian hills" in Krasnaya Polyana. Photo: RIA Novosti
A year later, the Olympics, we also carry over to Nizhny Tagil? Along with hotels, ice arenas, jumps, bobsleigh track - in Tagil!
But in fact the climate problem is not so easy to solve. It will not come from Moscow on the first board and excoriated. No matter how strong we were not presidential, that is to say, the executive branch, the snow did not charge it. Mighty doubt Mr. Putin, of course, do not have to, but because that is in the celestial office distributes snow flows as easy as Bilalova not whipped, not fire ...
"We have a huge snegohranilischa" - deny from all doubts about climate Olympic officials. "In the 2014 Sochi Winter snow will be in any case."
And now? Why no snow now, in 2013? Really, you can not hold a dress rehearsal "snowing" Sochi? So, just in case, so after a year everything went as on the thumb. Especially since the weather has given such a great opportunity.
In good, in a country where more than half of the area in February is perfect for the winter Olympics, give it exactly Sochi, which is ready in February to take the Summer Games - is folly. While that may be expected from people every December in shock throws the onset of winter, the heating season and the pores black ice on the roads?
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another Russian article dated September 2012 criticizing the Sochi 2014 project
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The Olympic Games in Sochi. It's hot. Winter. Of jokes
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Author: Andrew Sidorchik
Posted on 27 September 12 (11:30)
The appearance of the slogan of the Games in Sochi in 2014 people will inevitably respond to new stream of jokes
Attitudes in society for the Winter Olympics 2014 in society is constantly changing.
Back in now in 2007, before the IOC Session in Guatemala, society is in prostration and disbelief. 2008-th year, winning the world championship gold in hockey, football and Euro Dima Bilan was still ahead, and the average Russian is about a possible Olympic Games in Sochi reasoned like this: "I would like, but who will give us?"
The happiness of a sudden, in the silence, knocked on the door ...
Therefore preferred citizens twirled and shook her head at the temple, watching the news reports about banquets with caviar, generously arranged by the Russian delegation, and Russian ice rink at the wrong climate.
But when Jacques Rogge opened the envelope and said, "Sochi!" Country literally got to the ears of the fallen at her happiness. Good manners shows to a 6 or 7 year old kids with a shout: "Here they are, the future champions of the Games in Sochi in 2014!" Amid the general rejoicing somehow lost the usual arithmetic, which assures that the kids do not physically have time to grow to a greater triumph . The country has won and I was sure that with the Olympics, it will fall very lucky.
Feed happiness was slack at the same time as the Games in Sochi becomes something familiar, inevitable as visiting hairdresser. To many suddenly realized that this holiday, they only see on TV, like the Olympic Games in Vancouver, some, because neither the means nor the opportunity to go there they do not have and never will. How to become a regular at the ski resort of Krasnaya Polyana.
Olympic duty
And then suddenly it turned out that many of the recently exulted Sochi residents have to move from their homes because their portions catered exactly under the area of ​​Olympic construction projects. Vacationers have found that the already not cheap Sochi expensive on the eyes, also received the dubious "decoration" in the form of construction sites.
Euphoria vanished completely when the large-scale construction began, and the budget of the Games suddenly began to grow in breadth and depth. And the more the budget grew, the harder going construction. At times it seemed that the order on the objects produced solely with the first persons of the state and lost with their departure.
In general, became the Sochi Olympics in public opinion of the winged dreams in another mandatory conscription. And, in the Russian tradition, showered jokes:
"Winter Olympics 2014 it was decided to be held in Sochi after of its holding in its territory refused to Equatorial Africa.
Citing the fact that the snow is flying in Sochi will bring in much closer and much cheaper. "
"As a result of the President's inspection costs at the Sochi Olympics, it was decided to rename the Krasnodar region in Krasnodoyarsky."
"The money allocated from the budget to prepare for the Sochi 2014 will not steal as usual and faster, higher, stronger!"
Zoych in the minds of
New explosion of emotion marked by the appearance of the Games logo, solemnly presented in Moscow on Red Square. This is already in the community welcomed the frank sarcastically: Well, if the Winter Olympics in the subtropics - this is normal, the logo for the thousands of kilometers from the Games - also nothing.
However, the logo itself also caused a lot of feedback, most of them openly mocking. Of a new generation of digital reality and the public does not want to listen, wondering: "What is that Sochi Zoych this?"
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Having gone through a logo, citizens once removed to the back of the Olympics attention, exactly before the mascot.
It should be noted that there could be a creative component of Russians turned on full, and their ideas offer everything from small to large.
Given the experience of the beloved Olympic Bears in 1980, the organizers could not miss, and put the question to a popular vote on TV. But who said that such elections be able to give a universal favorite?
Sochi residents, for example, were holding a cute dolphin on skis, which is not inferior to charisma-Bear 1980. Online community puts on gipnozhabu Zoycha candidacy of enchanting, but previously no-go.
Triumvirate of fables
However, the result of the election was much more fun for the Games mascots was a unique triumvirate of White Bear, bunny and leopard, all of which are constantly confused with Snow Leopard.
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Illogic two tethered predators with one dinner ... with herbivores immediately put it in a new series of anecdotes:
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"Man was created to be happy, like a leopard for the Olympic Games in Sochi."
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"- And you know that once the Olympics three animals become symbols?
- Really?
- Guess what.
- Swan, cancer and pike.
- Well, almost. "
"At the opening of the Olympic Games 2014:
- Why only two mascots ? Where's Bunny?
- His two other mascots eaten ... "
"Choice of Sochi 2014 mascot.
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Medvedev: I personally cute white teddy bear, the symbol of our party ...
Putin: I would vote for Leopard - sports, calculation was done in the Caucasus, it is time to
revive it ...
The people: "And we do not care, but we do not care ..."
Ground for folk art
Probably, after the election of talismans against the Games in Sochi in the community to form relationships that define the phrase "not ours, and your Olympics."
The project, which reflects an ambition of authority people, rather than some national cause that unites all.
So the appearance of a slogan for 500 days before the Games, hardly anything has changed. Is that enrich the collection of Russian anecdote new series, plays with the formula "hot. Winter. Your ".
This is not to say that in less than a year and a half of Russian fans will not worry about their athletes in the arena of the Olympic Winter Sochi. Just "friends" they have on society will be no more than the Games in Vancouver and London.
Is that the jokes about them will be much greater. A picture plays with the newly-born slogan already on the space network.
"- Why the Olympic mark of Sochi 2014, only four rings?
- Rollback, 20%. "
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Some picture from Sotchi this week.

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This week end there is freestyle ski worldcup in Krasnaya Poliana.

After the first training the majority of athletes are unanimous, there isn't enough snow and the isn't very good too have a good competition... They hope to have best weather and snow condition this week end. Yesterday the weather was raining... :(

They have canceled six world cup events this week end (men's and women's ski and snowboard slopestyle, men's and women's snowboard parallel slalom). The moguls course looked horible, even though they managed to get the competition in.

As much a the ice venues, the sliding centre and the cross country venues look nice, I am somewhat nervous about the freestyle events (even more than I was pre Vancouver).

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Warm weather halts snowboard races at Sochi Olympics venue


Parallel slalom postponed & then cancelled outright


The Associated Press Posted: Feb 15, 2013 8:12 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 15, 2013 8:10 AM ET


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Competitors linger at the Snowboard and Free Style Centre in Rosa Khutor, Russia, on Friday. (Javier Soriano/Getty Images)


Snowboard World Cup races at the Sochi Olympics venue were cancelled because of warm weather on Friday.


Organizers first postponed the parallel slalom races for an hour at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park then cancelled them because of deteriorating snow conditions.


In Thursday's races, snowboarders struggled on an icy and bumpy course, but the snow became more loose on Friday.


"There is always a balance of risk if you run two events on two consecutive days on the same slope because you don't have that much preparation time," FIS snowboard race director Uwe Beier said. "But we have proven in the past that this is definitely possible.


Here in Sochi, we faced some very warm temperatures right from the beginning, which in the end made it impossible to provide a proper World Cup slope."


Because of a tight time frame in Sochi, there was no space to reschedule parallel slalom at Rosa Khutor.


The next World Cup parallel slalom is scheduled for Feb. 23 on a ramp in downtown Moscow.


Unusually warm weather earlier in the week also forced the cancellation of slopestyle races.


The organizers said time trials for snowboardcross will be held on Saturday with finals scheduled for Sunday.


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Russian like Korean don't have knowledge about organization in wintersports like freestyle, Alpin ski, bobsleig etc. They haven't organize this kind of competition before 2013... I don't understand how it's possible to give WoG to countries whom aren't experience... It's a joke.

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Russian like Korean don't have knowledge about organization in wintersports like freestyle, Alpin ski, bobsleig etc. They haven't organize this kind of competition before 2013... I don't understand how it's possible to give WoG to countries whom aren't experience... It's a joke.

That's WHY they have the test events the year before-- to iron out and fine-tune all the kinks. So after this, the federations will take over and install their own key people to run and oversee the actual Games-time competition in 2014.

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That's WHY they have the test events the year before-- to iron out and fine-tune all the kinks. So after this, the federations will take over and install their own key people to run and oversee the actual Games-time competition in 2014.

You can't become perfect in 1 year... All athletes say Sotchi is the worst place they have seen in their life to practice their sports...

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