The future of Sochi’s ‘faulty’ infrastructure

 An incomplete corner of a hotel is seen at Gorky Gorod 900 prior to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
An incomplete corner of a hotel is seen at Gorky Gorod 900 prior to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
Credit: Getty Images

Editor’s Note: The following piece is from the perspective of Metro World News reporter Alexey Shunaev.

My elevator shuddered twice when I was going down to have breakfast. The light went off for a moment, the elevator stopped and the doors opened. I took one step out and suddenly I found myself almost doing the splits. The shiny tiled ground was bizarrely awash with water. I thought to myself, “Am I on the right hotel floor?”

“Come on, it’s okay,” a repairman motions towards me from the other side of the lobby. “It’s just water.”

With the wadding gait of a penguin, I crossed the pool and got out of the building, tiptoeing past half a dozen women drying the floor with big duster cloths. I asked the handyman about the faulty elevator, wondering if its woes were caused by the lake in the lobby.

“Listen, you got a bit of a shake, but not by the electricity, right? So don’t worry. The elevator will behave like that until April, then they will do something about it,” the man said.

I protested, saying it’s already a recipe for a disaster, but the man retorted, “I’m just a sanitary engineer,” before muttering some offensive word about the Olympics.

After breakfast, I spoke to a couple of maintenance men hanging outside the hotel lobby. “Everything has been cleared and fixed,” one of them said.

“What about the water pipe?” I asked, to which they replied, “Oh, we don’t know, we are just carpenters.”

“I hate this Olympics,” a security guard by the hotel said, after I asked on how he feels being a part of the big event. “Why here? What for? Austria, Switzerland, they are perfect places. Why in Russia? Who will come here after the Games?”

I wanted to find out more of his thoughts. “What do you think they will do with all infrastructure?” I asked.

“The only reasonable option is to dismantle them and sell the territory,” he replied. “The hotel buildings could become nice dormitories for students, but I’m afraid the houses will not last. If something keeps breaking right now, then what will happen in a year’s time when people are living here permanently?”


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Memorial held for Sean Collier, MIT police officer…

More than 1,600 people gathered at MIT on Friday for a memorial service for Sean Collier, the police officer shot to death a year ago in the aftermath of the…

National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

NHL

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump…

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump Bruins in Game 1

MLB

MLB video highlights: Orioles top Red Sox, 8-4…

John Lackey roughed up for second straight outing

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox score two in…

Lester shines in Red Sox win over White Sox

Sports

2014 Boston Marathon preview: Elite American, International runners…

2014 Boston Marathon: Elite American, International runners to watch

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.