A total of about 3,000 athletes will be competing in 98 medal events.
Alarm bells ringing in Olympic construction zone: It’s almost impossible to pin down how many hotels will be finished ahead of the Winter Games, which officially open Friday, though events get under way Thursday. Construction was still being done in Gorki Plaza on Sunday. The plaza was always supposed to be a hive of activity, but it just wasn’t supposed to be a hive of building activity this late. “I’m not fully satisfied, it’s true,” said Oleg Soloshchansky, president of the Inteco company responsible for construction of buildings. “Frankly speaking, it was a tough situation here, but we are set to cordially meet our guests.”
Another twin toilet seen in Sochi: Side-by-side toilets in a men’s bathroom caused a social media sensation last month when they were discovered at the biathlon venue for the Sochi Olympics, swiftly becoming a national joke in Russia. Now, another privy without privacy has been found - right under the noses of the media. The Associated Press found the toilets built for two in a lavatory for female staff and volunteers conducting security checks of journalists at the new Main Media Center.