Behind the Scenes at Sochi


karrie
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The Tweets have started rolling in, and the world is watching with anticipation, to see just how badly the Sochi Olympics run.

No, this thread is not for competition results, this is for the behind the scenes issues.

http://cheezburger.com/179717
 
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darkbeaver
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Behind the scenes are the killers NATO has hired to ruin any Russian success.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaverView Post

Behind the scenes are the killers NATO has hired to ruin any Russian success.

Serves them right for not hiring muslim terrorists for security.
 
Locutus
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Fun facts about Sochi:





















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BaalsTears
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Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

Fun facts about Sochi:





















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Cute. I wonder how many Russian hackers are now following this thread? I also wonder how many medals Canadians will bring home?
 
darkbeaver
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

Serves them right for not hiring muslim terrorists for security.

Muslims terrorists were invented by NATO, they're way more dependable if you own them, schedualing and all that, easier than waiting for the wild ones to show up in the right place. More cost effective, efficiency improves, the jobs get done on time.
 
Locutus
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Quote: Originally Posted by BaalsTearsView Post

Cute. I wonder how many Russian hackers are now following this thread? I also wonder how many medals Canadians will bring home?


 
EagleSmack
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SOCHI!



Oh yeah
 
SLM
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Anybody die yet? Cuz if not, well, you know, they're still one up on us. Just saying.

 
tankNZ
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Quote: Originally Posted by karrieView Post

The Tweets have started rolling in, and the world is watching with anticipation, to see just how badly the Sochi Olympics run.

No, this thread is not for competition results, this is for the behind the scenes issues.

These Tweets Prove that Russia is Completely Unprepared for the Winter Olympics - Cheezburger

Lots of hotel issues
 
tay
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Russia won the right to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, beating out Austria and South Korea, with the help of a mysterious Russian businessman, Gafur Rakhimov, who U.S. authorities describe as a top organized crime boss and heroin kingpin currently under criminal indictment in Uzbekistan.


"He is one of the four or five most important people in the heroin trade in the world," Craig Murray, a former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, told ABC News for a report to be broadcast tonight on "World News With Diane Sawyer".


"He's absolutely a very major and dangerous gangster," Murray said.


Yet, after the International Olympic Committee voted in 2007 to award the games to Sochi, the head of the Russian Olympic Committee publicly thanked Rakhimov for his "singled minded work" in getting the votes of some Asian countries, "without which… it would have been hard for Sochi to count on the victory."


Rakhimov confirmed to ABC News, through a translator, that he played a role in helping Russia win votes through his contacts in Central Asian Olympic circles.


"He convinced them because of his good relations with these people. He has great influence," the translator, who was also a spokesman for Rakhimov, said during a phone interview from Dubai where Rakhimov moved after being indicted in Uzbekistan.


Rakhimov has long been connected by law enforcement authorities to heroin trafficking.


He was banned from attending the Olympic games in Australia in 2000 because of his alleged criminal ties.


In 2012, U.S. Treasury officials sought to freeze Rakhimov's bank accounts around the world, describing him in public documents as a "key member" of a huge Russian-Asian criminal syndicate called the Brothers' Circle.


"He has operated major international drug syndicates involving the trafficking of heroin," the Treasury statement said.


Former ambassador Murray said the heroin from Rakhimov's network moves through Central Asia to St. Petersburg, Russia and then on to Europe and the United Kingdom.


Despite the criminal allegations and indictment, Rakhimov continues to serve as a vice president of the Olympic Council of Asia, a group of nations that are members of the International Olympic Committee.
Repeated requests for comment to the council were not answered.


Russian investigative journalist Sergei Kanev said Rakhimov has close ties with the mafia family in Sochi and with top officials in the Kremlin.


"There was obviously some sort of agreement between the Kremlin and the 'thieves-in-law," referring the common name use to describe Russian mobsters.


Kanev said members of Rakhimov's inner circle have boasted that "bags of cash" were used to secure the Olympic votes.


Rakhimov, through his translator, denied paying bribes. "It was not necessary," said the translator.


A spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin wouldn't comment on Rakhimov.




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Alleged Heroin Kingpin Helped Russia Win Olympics for Sochi - ABC News






A Russian businessmen said he is a "marked man" after publicly alleging officials in the office of President Vladimir Putin demanded payoffs in exchange for Olympic construction contracts in Sochi.


"You will be drowned in blood," Valery Morozov said he was told after fleeing Russia for Great Britain in the wake of his allegations of rampant corruption surrounding the Olympics.




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Threats to Sochi Olympics Whistleblower: 'You Will Be Drowned in Blood!' - ABC News
 
EagleSmack
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The more you win the more you pay!

Americans for Tax Reform : Achieve Olympic Glory - Now Pay the IRS
 
coldstream
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On a positive note.. the Opening Ceremonies.. and i've only seen the Russian Anthem and Parade of Mations so far.. seemed to go off well, in the very impressive Fisht Olympic Stadium.
$50 Billion worth i'm not sure.. but the venues i've seen look first class.

The Canadian Parade Gear actually looks pretty good.. with the traditional Hudson Bay Wool Duffle Coat in a deep crimson.. much better than the stuff Roots used to put out.

I just wish Peter Mansbridge would get off his soapbox about homosexual rights, this is a sports not a political event.. it'd make the spectacle more enjoyable.
Last edited by coldstream; Feb 7th, 2014 at 01:48 PM..
 
Blackleaf
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It may be well run, but it won't be as well run as the London Proper Olympics.

The BBC, predictably, were salivating at the Communist section of the Sochi opening ceremony, in the little I've seen of it.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaverView Post

Muslims terrorists were invented by NATO

Yeah, alright then.

Quote: Originally Posted by coldstreamView Post

seemed to go off well, in the very impressive Fisht Olympic Stadium.

A British-designed stadium.
 
damngrumpy
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It could be the expectations of a five star hotel here in the west are far different
from those in Eastern Europe. Imagine a fifteen hundred mile defense perimeter
around the place. Lots of room for trouble makers to slip through. You would
think they would have made the ring a little tighter.
We need a permanent site on each continent and everyone pays stop this madness
and infusion of cash no one has
 
darkbeaver
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

Yeah, alright then.
Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaver

Quote:

Muslims terrorists were invented by NATO

And continue to arm and pay the worst cutthroats the world s sewers have to offer.
 
Mowich
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Quote: Originally Posted by coldstreamView Post

On a positive note.. the Opening Ceremonies.. and i've only seen the Russian Anthem and Parade of Mations so far.. seemed to go off well, in the very impressive Fisht Olympic Stadium.
$50 Billion worth i'm not sure.. but the venues i've seen look first class.

The Canadian Parade Gear actually looks pretty good.. with the traditional Hudson Bay Wool Duffle Coat in a deep crimson.. much better than the stuff Roots used to put out.

I just wish Peter Mansbridge would get off his soapbox about homosexual rights, this is a sports not a political event.. it'd make the spectacle more enjoyable.

I enjoyed the opening ceremonies especially all that neat stuff they did with lasers - the Troika bit was really cool. Nice to see Zedeno carrying the flag for Russia. Our Canadian folks looked way cool in their gear and Hayley Wickenheiser gave a great interview during the ceremonies. Hope all goes well for the games and the athletes and may the best people/teams win.
 
lone wolf
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Behind the scenes, I can't help but feel for the people who have to put their lives on hold and all the strays bound for some kind of farm. If you need window dressing that badly, the windows should be installed elsewhere.

Go Team Canada!
 
Toro
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Quote: Originally Posted by tayView Post

Russia won the right to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, beating out Austria and South Korea, with the help of a mysterious Russian businessman, Gafur Rakhimov, who U.S. authorities describe as a top organized crime boss and heroin kingpin currently under criminal indictment in Uzbekistan.


"He is one of the four or five most important people in the heroin trade in the world," Craig Murray, a former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, told ABC News for a report to be broadcast tonight on "World News With Diane Sawyer".


"He's absolutely a very major and dangerous gangster," Murray said.


Yet, after the International Olympic Committee voted in 2007 to award the games to Sochi, the head of the Russian Olympic Committee publicly thanked Rakhimov for his "singled minded work" in getting the votes of some Asian countries, "without which… it would have been hard for Sochi to count on the victory."


Rakhimov confirmed to ABC News, through a translator, that he played a role in helping Russia win votes through his contacts in Central Asian Olympic circles.


"He convinced them because of his good relations with these people. He has great influence," the translator, who was also a spokesman for Rakhimov, said during a phone interview from Dubai where Rakhimov moved after being indicted in Uzbekistan.


Rakhimov has long been connected by law enforcement authorities to heroin trafficking.


He was banned from attending the Olympic games in Australia in 2000 because of his alleged criminal ties.


In 2012, U.S. Treasury officials sought to freeze Rakhimov's bank accounts around the world, describing him in public documents as a "key member" of a huge Russian-Asian criminal syndicate called the Brothers' Circle.


"He has operated major international drug syndicates involving the trafficking of heroin," the Treasury statement said.


Former ambassador Murray said the heroin from Rakhimov's network moves through Central Asia to St. Petersburg, Russia and then on to Europe and the United Kingdom.


Despite the criminal allegations and indictment, Rakhimov continues to serve as a vice president of the Olympic Council of Asia, a group of nations that are members of the International Olympic Committee.
Repeated requests for comment to the council were not answered.


Russian investigative journalist Sergei Kanev said Rakhimov has close ties with the mafia family in Sochi and with top officials in the Kremlin.


"There was obviously some sort of agreement between the Kremlin and the 'thieves-in-law," referring the common name use to describe Russian mobsters.


Kanev said members of Rakhimov's inner circle have boasted that "bags of cash" were used to secure the Olympic votes.


Rakhimov, through his translator, denied paying bribes. "It was not necessary," said the translator.


A spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin wouldn't comment on Rakhimov.




more




Alleged Heroin Kingpin Helped Russia Win Olympics for Sochi - ABC News






A Russian businessmen said he is a "marked man" after publicly alleging officials in the office of President Vladimir Putin demanded payoffs in exchange for Olympic construction contracts in Sochi.


"You will be drowned in blood," Valery Morozov said he was told after fleeing Russia for Great Britain in the wake of his allegations of rampant corruption surrounding the Olympics.




more


Threats to Sochi Olympics Whistleblower: 'You Will Be Drowned in Blood!' - ABC News

Heroin kingpins were invented by left wing activists, they're way more dependable if you own them, schedualing and all that, easier than waiting for the wild ones to show up in the right place. More cost effective, efficiency improves, the jobs get done on time.
 
tay
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Liberal Journalists at it again..............




The Russian MP who lit the Olympic torch tweeted a racist picture of the Obamas






Racism is rife in Russia, and black football players often face racial abuse involving bananas. In 2011, the Brazilian Roberto Carlos, playing for Russian team Anzhi Makhachkala, left the pitch in anger after a banana was thrown at him from the stands. In a separate incident, the club Zenit St Petersburg was fined the equivalent of about £6,300 when a fan offered Carlos a banana before a match.


Rodnina, who lived in the US for many years, deleted the photograph but has not apologised and remains unfazed by accusations of racism. Instead, she suggested that the wave of criticism she prompted from liberal journalists and other Russians was a conspiracy.




Russian MP's Obama with banana picture sparks racism debate | World news | theguardian.com












 
tay
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U.S. bobsledder breaks down his bathroom door in Sochi hotel






Y! SPORTS
 
Blackleaf
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Jenny Jones has made British sporting history after becoming the first British person in the history of humanity to win a medal, in any event and any competition, on the snow. She won a bronze in the snowboarding. Never before have we won a medal in any snow event.

Great Britain are hoping to beat their 2010 total medal tally of 1 medal. And we've already equalled that after just two days.
 
Sal
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The Russians are rocking out the skating the pairs were breath-taking ♦
 
Blackleaf
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From chalet maid to Sochi bronze medallist: Snowboarder Jenny Jones, 33, wins the first ever Olympic medal on the snow for Britain (a country lacking in Alpine landscapes)


The 33-year-old, from Bristol, managed what no Briton had achieved in 90 years of Winter Olympics going back to the Chamonix Games of 1924 - winning a medal on snow. She had to endure an agonising 20-minute wait after finishing her second and final run while 10 of her rivals took to the slopes in their attempts to beat her score. Jones is pictured (left) on her board riding to glory, celebrating her medal (centre) on the podium (right) and with her parents (inset), who surprised her after the medal ceremony. Jones, who started snowboarding aged 17 when her local dry slope was offering free lessons, was toppled off gold-medal spot by Finland's Ennu Rukajarvi, who finished with silver, and the gold medal winner, America's Jamie Anderson.


That's the one: Britain's Jenny Jones celebrates after her second run in the women's slopestyle in Sochi


Rad: Jones performs a stylish jump during her successful run



Jenny Jones competes in the Women's Snowboard Slopestyle Finals during day two of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics


High flying: It was Britain's first ever medal on snow




The Bronze medalist celebrates during the flower ceremony for the Women's Snowboard Slopestyle Finals


(Left to right) Silver medallist Enni Rukajarvi of Finland, gold medalist Jamie Anderson of the United States and bronze medallist Jenny Jones of Great Britain pose on the podium



Apres-ski? British snowboarder Jenny Jones tweeted this, suggesting she might be out celebrating tonight with her fellow medals winners






Read more: Snowboarder Jenny Jones wins Britain's first ever medal on the snow at Sochi 2014 | Mail Online
Last edited by Blackleaf; Feb 9th, 2014 at 01:05 PM..
 
Sal
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Awesome, happy for her and you guys must be thrilled!!!!!
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post

Awesome, happy for her and you guys must be thrilled!!!!!

Looks like Blackie is suddenly gaining an interest in the Olympics. -

Quote: Originally Posted by tayView Post

U.S. bobsledder breaks down his bathroom door in Sochi hotel






Y! SPORTS

Must be a slow news day! -
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by JLMView Post

Looks like Blackie is suddenly gaining an interest in the Olympics. -

Yes! That rocks for them that it is a first. Very exciting. The kid must be thrilled. US just blasted past us in the couples dancing.... 4 points ahead....
 
Nuggler
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Yay Jennie Jones. She's been to a dentist.
 
Cannuck
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Quote: Originally Posted by NugglerView Post

Yay Jennie Jones. She's been to a dentist.


I here they now have one or two operating in the UK.
 
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