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Stray dog barks at cross-country skiers in Sochi (Video)

Sochi-Olympics-dogThe presence of stray dogs is one of the many concerns that has been raised in recent weeks from reporters who are in Sochi for the Winter Olympics. Dogs have been roaming the streets near the Olympic park, and there have even been reports about Russian officials rounding up dogs and killing them before the start of the Games.

On Thursday, one of the dogs was there to cheer on cross-country skiers during their training runs. As you can see, this little fella was wagging his tail and looked like he wanted to play.

On the other hand, I can see how this might be distracting to athletes who aren’t used to being barked at while they’re competing. Given all the well-documented problems there have been so far in Sochi, cross-country skiers can probably bank on this dog being there for the next two weeks.

Video via The Big Lead

Olympic officials give out 100,000 condoms to athletes in Sochi

Safety-first-signThe Olympics are officially back, and we all know what that means. Yes, most of our television sets will be tuned into NBC around the clock for the next two weeks or so. And yes, we’ll get to watch some of the best athletes in the universe compete on the world’s biggest stage. But it also means a whole lot of sex is about to go down in Sochi.

The amount of hooking up that goes on in the Olympic Village has been well-documented over the years. Olympic officials always try to prepare for it, and they have done so this year by distributing 100,000 condoms throughout the Olympic Village in Sochi. The same was done in Vancouver two years ago, yet an emergency batch of rubbers was still needed.

“The distribution of condoms in the village is part of the IOC’s involvement in the HIV and AIDS prevention.”

As TMZ noted, there are roughly 7,650 Olympians competing in Sochi. That’s about 13 condoms per athlete during the 16-day period in which the Games take place. Some unauthorized batches tend to find their way into the village as well, so I’m sure the athletes will be covered — no pun intended.

Mass amounts of sex in the Olympic village has basically become a foregone conclusion. One table tennis player said he got laid more during the 1992 Olympics than he did throughout the rest of his life. Keep it safe, people.

H/T SI Hot Clicks

Olympic skier Julia Mancuso poses for GQ

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Julia Mancuso is one of the best alpine skiers the United State will feature at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. She also happens to be very attractive. The 29-year-old recently posed for a photo shoot in GQ Magazine’s February “Love, Sex and Madness” issue, and she did not disappoint. Mancuso is really, really talented.

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She also dominates on the course. Mancuso took home a gold medal in the giant slalom in Turin back in 2006. She also won two silver medals at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, finishing just a half-second behind gold medalist Lindsey Vonn in the downhill event. When people ask Mancuso how she wins, she has a very simple response.

“It is not a shock to me when I have a good race,” she told GQ. “I started to tell people I’d just worn my lucky underwear.”

Mancuso actually designed her own underwear line called Kiss My Tiara in 2010. She’ll probably take home another medal or two in Sochi — assuming the courses are in shape for competition and all.

Photos: Marc Hom/GQ

Women’s downhill skiing delayed because jump was too big

Daniela-Merighetti-OlympicsAdd another blemish to a week that has been pretty much a complete disaster for Olympic organizers in Sochi. Training for women’s downhill skiing was delayed for more than an hour on Thursday after it was determined that one of the jumps was too large. After one skier injured her knees, you could even argue it was downright dangerous.

American Laurenne Ross was the first skier down the trail, and she described her run as “intimidating.” Two more women followed her before workers decided to shave some snow off of one particular jump. Italian Daniela Merighetti said she injured both of her knees during the first practice run.

“I’m upset they didn’t have more expert forerunners,” Merighetti said, via Madison.com Sports. “They would’ve known not to send us down.”

Apparently the forerunners who tested out the track did not reach the same speed that the Olympic skiers reach, so they did not sail as far through the air when hitting the jump.

“The problem is we don’t have really good test runners and forerunners,” Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather explained. “We should have two very good forerunners, just retired, paying them for one or two years, doing just that. Then we would have a responsible test run and then it would be much safer.”

Other skiers said they did not have any issues, while Ross said the jump made you “feel like you are never going to come down.” Merighetti said she was going to have medical examiners check out her knees. Fortunately, no other skiers appear to have been hurt.

No toilet paper, brown drinking water, construction problems and dangerous ski jumps — welcome to Sochi.

Jamaican bobsled team arrives in Sochi without equipment

Jamaican-bobsled-teamThe Jamaican bobsled team was able to raise over $120,000 for the Winter Olympics through an online crowdfunding campaign. The money, most of which was donated by complete strangers, has been used to cover equipment and travel costs. Unfortunately, the equipment is of no use if it isn’t in Russia with the team.

Two-man bobsled team pilot Winston Watts told USA Today on Wednesday that the team’s equipment, including runners, shoes and other gear, has not yet made it to Sochi.

“We didn’t have nothing — no equipment at all,” Watts explained. “There’s nothing I can do right now. I’m just going to leave it to the chef de mission to deal with it. I just want to concentrate on the track.”

Watts had hoped to get a couple of unofficial practice runs in on Wednesday so the team can familiarize itself with the track. He said he is hoping the equipment will arrive Thursday at the latest. In the meantime, Watts said other nations have offered to lend a hand.

“We have a lot guys who’s going to help us,” he said, noting that the team may borrow runners and other equipment. “They want to help us.

“We’re the most lovingest people in the world. Every moment is positive. We always keep the guys smiling. That’s our motto.”

Judging by some of the disturbing images we have already seen from Sochi, lost luggage is just one of a number of issues Olympic athletes have been dealing with.

Sochi Olympics are a mess: no toilet paper, brown water, and construction problems

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The Sochi Games begin on Thursday, and they will most likely look great on TV. They’ll probably be a good experience for the athletes. But the horror stories coming from the media descending upon the city have been plentiful.

Reporters have been sharing photos and first-hand accounts over the past few days that paint the Olympics as, putting it nicely, a less than completed work. Reporters have said most hotels are missing things ranging from light bulbs to wifi to toilet paper to hot water. Three of the nine mountain hotels haven’t been completed, according to Canada.com’s Bruce Arthur. Numerous reporters have talked about stray dogs being all over the area.

From the sounds of things, Sochi will be all ready in a month.

Unfortunately, they were supposed to be ready this week.

Well let’s take a look at this disaster in the making. Perhaps the best photo to come from Sochi was taken by Yahoo! Sports hockey writer Greg Wyshynski, who shared this picture cautioning people against putting toilet paper in the toilet:

But that’s just the beginning of the toilet problems in Sochi!

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Definitely don’t drink the water at the Sochi Olympics

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The Winter Olympics in Sochi are set to begin on Friday, and much of the talk we have heard leading up to the Games has centered on the conditions in and around the Olympic park. There have been reports of stray dogs being killed and pictures of unfinished construction sites that are littered with garbage. And now, the Sporting News has provided us with a warning about the drinking water.

The liquid in the two glasses you see above is water. Or, should we say, it came from a tap that is supposed to produce water. There is certainly more than just H2O in those glasses.

Athletes and visitors would be wise to drink bottled water during their stay in Sochi. Fortunately, water treatment technology is being used for the water that is making the ice for the games. We shouldn’t have any trouble following the puck during hockey games.

Photo: Twitter/Sporting News
H/T The Big Lead