Sochi's in bad shape. With two weeks to go before the most expensive Olympic Games ever, the sleepy city on the Black Sea sort of looks like a giant garbage dump. All it needs now is a giant torch to start a giant tire fire.
Seriously, though, we already knew that Sochi was screwed; we just haven't quite been able to picture it. Now, though, thanks to Alexander Valov, we can picture it. Valov took a jaunt through Sochi's Imerati Valley, home to the official Olympic Park. While most of the main complex is shiny and new, Valov found crumbling sidewalks, half-finished hotels, and acres upon acres of filthy trash all around it. It's like a scene from City of God, only colder, cloudier, and thirsty for vodka.
Of course, we recently saw how Rio de Janeiro is similarly unprepared for its own Olympics. The important difference is that Rio's Olympics are still two years away. Valov's photos were taken 15 days before the opening ceremony. And, since the train wreck of a project is already $39 billion over budget, it's hard to imagine how they'll manage to clean everything up in time to host the entire world. [BlogSochi.ru via Business Insider]
All images via Alexander Valov / BlogSochi.ru