So, as promised, I brought my camera to practice today. Luckily, the sun came out!
Sochi has been great so far. The rink is new and nice and the volunteers are friendly and will check your accreditation more times that you can count. The biggest thing that we have all noticed is that the entire area from our hotel to the Olympic park (about a 15 min drive without traffic, 45 with traffic) is one enormous construction zone. Everything is being built. Roads, train tracks and stations, hotels, Olympic venues. You name it. Even one part of the road that we drive on is open only to us as its still under construction. It seems like there is a TON of work still to be done, but I’m sure that they will finish it all up for next year and that everything will look great!
The main stadium under construction.
The iceberg is huge!
Security is tight even for a test event. X-ray scanners, metal detectors and pat-downs everytime we get to the rink
This building will house the IOC during the games. The dirt construction area is what everything around the rink looks like
The temporary dirt road that we use to access the rink
Contruction of something Olympics related
Flat roofed building is the Long track oval.
- Morning view of the Black sea from my hotel room
The stadium that will be used for the opening and closing ceremonies is, like so many other things in Sochi, still under construction
Some snow up in the mountains. Kind of reminds me of Vancouver. Warm and ocean influenced city with snow capped mountains in the background
The biggest rink is home to men’s hockey.
Inside our rink.
The Iceberg, the arena for Short Track and figure Skating
LOTS of construction all around the Olympic park