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Russia Has Spent $51 Billion On The Winter Olympics — Did Any Of That Go Towards The Dorm Rooms?


The upcoming Winter Olympics will be the most expensive games in history. Russia has spent an estimated $51 billion to prepare the coastal city of Sochi for an influx of athletes, media, tourists and, potentially, terrorists.

Where’s all that money going, you ask? Well, it’s not to make sure the infrastructure is ready on time, as we’re just days away from the Opening Ceremony and there are still hotels yet to be completed. It also didn’t go towards housing the stray dogs of the region, as Russia found a stereotypically Russian way to deal with those.

In fact, after taking a video tour of the Sochi Olympic Village dorm rooms, we aren’t sure where any of that money went, except perhaps into the pockets of Russia’s politicians and businessmen. Video via Russian journalist Pavel Lysenkov:

(UPDATE: As you can see, this video is no longer available. I’d like to make a joke about how Lysenkov — who hasn’t tweeted since posting the video — has been sent to a gulag for dishonoring Russia, but, what if it’s true? I’ll feel bad if it’s true. You can still see the photos below.)

Olympic Village bedrooms are never ostentatious, and we got some pretty hilarious pictures of athletes living in the cramped London conditions back in 2012. But you’d think for $51 billion, Russia could have done better than this:


These athletes are in Russia to compete, not relax. But I can’t imagine having to snowboard/figure skate/curl all day and then come home to get some rest on these beds, or unwind in those showers. Plus, how are they expected to get their freak on in those tiny twins?

Not cool, Russia.

[BI Sports]


  • Anonymous

    They aren’t that bad. The one change I’d make is having a large shower stall that could be segmented into two, and preferably a 2nd toilet and vanity though I’d understand that’d be more expensive to do. For the shower, once the athletes left and these were turned into regular apartments they’d just end up with shower heads and controls on both ends of a long shower. Since it’d have the room, they could even swap the pan out and make it a tub/shower, and have the 2nd set of controls feed a tub fixture.

  • BYODecor

    Nicer than most university dorms. A little sparse and I’m not sure why they chose those metal tables (resemble something found in a horror film) but I don’t see what the fuss is. They look just as I would imagine something Russian to look like and I mean that with no disrespect, they just look very… communist, each ration equally limited kind of thing.

  • Da Poker Donkey

    Not sure if it was in the collage, but you see the photo of saying to put the poopy toilet paper in the bin and not flush? How would you like to be the guy using the toilet at the end of the day.

  • Jenn

    The beds and washroom are fine for the purpose they’re serving. Athletes are there to complete. Hockey players shouldn’t be treated better than any of the other athletes. Regarding the room though, I don’t see why they couldn’t at least put a small couch or at least something more comfortable than those two chairs, and a small tv at least , in the room. Maybe a dresser to put your clothes in as well would have been nice… but I guess they shouldn’t complain, if they get this room when some of the buildings still aren’t even completed.


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