Athletes, Journalists Say Sochi Appears Unprepared for Olympic Games

Updated: 02/05/2014 6:39 PM
Created: 02/05/2014 3:20 PM
By: Cassie Hart

The first events for the 2014 Winter Olympics kick off Friday, and thousands of athletes, coaches, journalists and fans are already in Sochi, Russia.

However, parts of the city still don't appear ready for them. Workers continue scrambling to finish work on roads hotels and other buildings.

Many of the athletes and journalists arriving for the games say Sochi still looks and feels unprepared for the games.

On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the athletes' village. He saw where the Olympians will work out and where they'll eat.

Putin insists Sochi is prepared for the international spotlight. 

Throughout Sochi, hotels look shiny and new outside but inside it's a whole different story. Rooms aren't finished and toilet paper can't be flushed down toilets. The the tap water also looks more like apple juice or beer. It’s definitely not safe to drink or wash with.

However, the athletes are trying to make the best of a bad situation. "You can tell in the rooms there's just subtle details that would normally be finished,” U.S. snowboarder Taylor Gold said.

"To have dozens of dozens of rooms not ready for journalists or whoever-it’s just absolutely an embarrassment," USA Columnist Christine Brennan said.

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