"Putin World" not finished in time for Sochi Olympics

Posted Thursday, February 6, 2014 8:43 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The massive hotel and amusement park development, dubbed "Putin World" after Russian President Vladimir Putin, has caught the attention of nearly everyone nearby. Development has been marred by mysterious distractions, said TODAY’s Matt Lauer, who recounted a story circulating in the area that the oversized steel bolts crucial to attaching the roller coaster to the concrete slabs in the ground somehow got “misplaced.” Russian officials later apparently “found” the bolts after tracking them down.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014 9:41 AM

The winter Olympics is one of my favorite things ever, (who wouldn't like to be on the bobsled team?) and I was delighted to see an amusement park resort associated with the main venue.
However, sadly, the whole thing looks like it could be a disaster. Not only are the rides something I would never even approach (see those bolts halfway out of the ground? Yikes!) but as a whole the basic facilities for athletes and guests are beyond unacceptable, according to reports. And with scary security reports flying around as well, I hope and pray everyone, no matter what they're doing, remains safe.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014 10:23 AM
Raven-Phile's avatar

This whole thing is such a cluster. Budweiser pulled out because they weren't comfortable having their American representatives there. That's a HUGE thing to happen, if you ask me.

I'm not even interested this year.


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Thursday, February 6, 2014 10:45 AM
Jeff's avatar

Yeah, it's amazing how much failure there is. The corruption stories about the various developers and contractors are sad too.Maybe if Putin takes off his shirt and picks up a tool belt, he can get it back on track.

Last edited by Jeff, Thursday, February 6, 2014 10:46 AM

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Thursday, February 6, 2014 10:53 AM

I'm hearing the revised opening date is in June.

I am not, however, booking my flight.


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Thursday, February 6, 2014 10:55 AM

...and that web site will happily play its video ads but then says "due to usage restrictions we are unable to show this video".

Seriously? You show me the ad but no content?!


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Thursday, February 6, 2014 12:02 PM

We know you've been to much scarier places, and I dare say ridden sketchier rides, but don't make us worry about you, Richard Bannister. Yes, stay outta there.
These may be the credits none of us ever get.

:-)

Last edited by RCMAC, Thursday, February 6, 2014 12:04 PM
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Thursday, February 6, 2014 2:25 PM
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Jeff said:
Maybe if Putin takes off his shirt and picks up a tool belt, he can get it back on track.

IF Putin takes off his shirt? I think that's more of a *when* - the tool belt is another question.

He is WAYYY too comfortable in his own skin...

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Thursday, February 6, 2014 3:30 PM
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And other peoples Super Bowl rings.


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Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014 4:34 PM

RCMAC said:

We know you've been to much scarier places, and I dare say ridden sketchier rides, but don't make us worry about you, Richard Bannister. Yes, stay outta there.
These may be the credits none of us ever get.

That sounds like a challenge.


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Thursday, February 6, 2014 5:16 PM

Taste the rainbow...

http://www.brewdog.com/blog-article/hello-my-name-is-vladimir

Oh, those bolshie Scots... ;)

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Thursday, February 6, 2014 6:15 PM

Politics on a coaster website WTF?

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Thursday, February 6, 2014 7:12 PM
Jeff's avatar

Where are the politics exactly, and why would that be bad?


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Thursday, February 6, 2014 7:35 PM
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Clearly we've never had any political discussion here whatsoever.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014 9:06 PM
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Sochi was an inside job.

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Friday, February 7, 2014 12:08 PM

Some of the pictures I've seen from the Athelete's Village would be hilarious if you didn't think about the fact that these athletes have trained night and day their whole lives only to be in jeopard of hurting themselves walking around their dormitories. Missing manhole covers, restrooms with no partitions between toilets, no sidewalks...they are walking around in mud.

Good luck to them all.

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Friday, February 7, 2014 3:16 PM
rollergator's avatar

The whole scene REEKS of the kind of corruption we've leanred to expect from the two main parties involved: the IOC, and the Russian government.

(Sidebar: on a more positive note, the Russian gov't is SO corrupt that we have no need to fear another Cold War situation - they're mainly a threat to themselves at this point).

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