Sochi 2014: How We’re Living

My daily morning view while waiting for the shuttle bus to the Gorki Media Center in front of our apartment building (at left) in the Rosa Khutor village of Russia.

When I first got settled on the ground here in Rosa Khutor (the area I’m actually living in, which is in the “mountain cluster” about an hour north of Sochi proper), I got a lot of texts and Facebook messages asking me about our living conditions. At the time, the American media was making a big to-do about the poor shape of the hotels many were arriving at. True enough, I had colleagues in Sochi who had to deal with brown running water, nights without electricity, on down to simple things like no shower curtains.

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Sochi 2014: Soaking Balance

Matt Margetts (CAN) competes in men’s ski halfpipe qualification during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.

I’m a strong believer in things being cyclical, that is, nature finding a balance for everything in life. Today, nature balanced out all those days I shot cross country skiing here at the Winter Olympics comfortably in a t-shirt by unleashing a day filled with cold temperatures, along with a constant downpour of rain and snow thrown in for good measure.

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Sochi 2014: Aerial Enthusiasm

Travis Gerrits (CAN) competes in men’s freestyle skiing aerials during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.

I woke up today to a text from my editor that said, “Go shoot some features if you get enthusiasm.” Translation: “Go shoot some features.” So, after grabbing a great pizza lunch with said editor and several other members of the team, myself and colleague J.D. Mercer headed out on the streets of Rosa Khutor to find some interesting subjects for photos.

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Sochi 2014: Night Life

Two customers embrace at Pub O’Hara in Rosa Khutor, Russia, during the Sochi 2104 Olympic Winter Games.

On Valentine’s Day evening, I got to trade my snow pants and crampons for my “nice jeans” (the ones not covered in mud splatters from the knee down) and the dressy shoes I forgot I packed for an assignment with USA Today on the night life of Russia. Specifically, exploring the night life of Rosa Khutor, the neighborhood myself and many other Olympics journalists as well as athletes are lodging in here in the mountain cluster.

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