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Saturday, February 08, 2014

US Bobsledder Johnny Quinn Trapped in Bathroom and Other Interesting Olympic Stories

What an interesting start to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi!  So far, we have had an array of news stories coming out of Russia that either scares, surprises, or tickles me.  And we're only a day in!

For example:

  • US bobsledder, Johnny Quinn, apparently got trapped in his hotel bathroom on Saturday and had to bust his way out.  This probably won't do much to improve frosty US/Russia relations, but it did, at least, show that our US team is pretty fit.
     
  • Check out the Twitter picture he posted of his VERY dramatic 'breakout' here.
  • Sage Kotsenburg, who only barely made the US Olympic Team and was nowhere on the radar of potential medal winners, became the first US Olympian of the 2014 Games to bring home a gold in the snowboarding Slopestyle event.  What's particularly interesting, though, is that before squeaking onto the team via a last minute win at the Mammoth Grand Prix, his last snowboarding win came when he was ELEVEN!  That's a loooooongy nine year drought, but it does show some stick-to-it-tiveness.
What's even more amazing, though, is he did it with a trick he only decided to throw in 3 minutes before he actually did it.  More than that, he had never even done it before.  In his own words:
"I'd never even tried it before, literally," Kotsenburg said. "Never ever tried it before in my life."
Wow.  Just. . . .wow.
  • The Russian Police Choir covers Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" in the opening ceremonies.  
'Nuff said.  :)
  • Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak accidentally divulges that some showers in hotels catering to Olympic tourists are fitted with an extra little feature. . .CAMERAS!  Responding to criticism about the lack of water and other problems, he apparently became defensive and announced:
“We have surveillance video from the hotels that shows people turn on the shower, direct the nozzle at the wall and then leave the room for the whole day.”
Yikes.
  • Amidst complaints of half-finished Olympic Village hotels, in which some rooms are lacking furnishings like light bulbs, tables, chairs, and even doorknobs (!!!), and seriously yellow water coming out of faucets, Sochi visitors are told not to flush toilet paper down the loo (they're supposed to put it in the bin provided) and are encouraged not to fish in the toilets.  
Um.  EEEEWWWWW!  That just doesn't seem very 'Olympic Champion' to me.
  • Reports of odd bathrooms with double toilets are surfacing.  Kind of like the pioneer 'Two and Four Holer Outhouses,' I guess.  But what, exactly, is the purpose of having two toilets right next to each other?
On second thought. . .I don't want to know.

Picture HERE if you're curious.
Stay tuned for more. . I have a feeling this is going to be an interesting two weeks!



(photo courtesy of publicdomainpictures.net and can be found here)

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