- Posted February 17, 2014 by
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Winter Olympics 2014
The Latest Mishaps from the Sochi Olympics
The Sochi winter games got off to a highly publicized rocky start, yet the games themselves have so far gone on without major issue for the most part, but Sochi always has a new mishap or two up its sleeve.
Fog Takes Over
One of the most prominent issues for the actual games themselves has been the weather, Sochi has recently reported fairly warm weather, especially for a winter Olympics.
Yet now a fog has rolled into the Olympic host city, causing some visibility issues for the games, forcing several events to be rescheduled. Both a men's biathlon and a men’s snowboarding event were postponed. Rescheduling an Olympic event is no easy feat either, with packed schedules for venues, Olympians, and broadcasters alike.
However these events are the first to have been rescheduled at these games, and winter sport athletes are well-aware that weather can often be disruptive for these sorts of events. The games should soon resume normally.
Some of Sochi’s courses are proving not only difficult to Olympians, but also dangerous. A slope course that has been used for both snowboard cross and ski cross events has already caused three significant injuries throughout the games.
Two women during the snowboard cross seeding runs crashed and were helped by medics. The day before a Russian skier suffered a significant back injury while running the course.
Activism Results in an Arrest
A well known Italian figure, Vladimir Luxuria, who was also the first openly transgender member of the Italian Parliament as well as a current major LGBT rights activist in Italy, was detained in Sochi recently after displaying a sign reading “Gay is OK”, in Russian.
Luxuria made her intentions well known, posting on social media her goals for the Sochi games, besides displaying her sign she also planned to dress in rainbow attire whilst attending a hockey game.
While being detained the activist reached out to colleagues in Italy, such as the heads of the Italian organizations the Di'Gay Project and ArciGay, who spread the message of her arrest. Several Italian news outlets reported on the arrest, as well as several Italian officials and members of parliament voicing their support of Luxuria and calling for her release, one calling upon Italian president Giorgio Napolitano to take action .
Luxuria was later released, after several hours of detention, and claims to have been treated kindly. Russian police and officials now deny any record of the detainment and thus the circumstances and any charges filed are still unclear.
The Games Must Go On
Despite the few mishaps, the Sochi organizers and athletes continue with the games unphased, all trying to create an Olympics as untroubled as possible. However, Russian officials once again have stated that they want these Olympics to be about the sports not politics or activism.