Feb 5, 2014 12:03 PM by Sean Mooney
Flying in to Sochi, which is right on the Black Sea, reminded me of a New England coastal town. Place has been around for a long time and of course several new coats of paint have spruced it all up.
The plane actually touched down in Adler which is a town between Sochi and the Olympic venues, where the Olympic Village is and all the hotels are located. The first taste of the level of security happened as soon as we exited the NBC charter. Right at the door was a man in uniform with a video camera shooting faces as we came off.
Not quite sure what capturing our smiling faces was all about but I can't imagine they plan to use it in the opening ceremonies.
The entire ring of steel surrounding the Sochi Olympics is incredible. I honestly believe you cannot walk more than fifty yards and not run in to a security person (police or military).
You pretty much can't enter or exit any building here without being checked out...thoroughly.
The hotel I am staying in is brand new, as are all of the other hotels, and there are many they are still putting the finishing touches on. One cameraman told me he found sawdust in his shower.
So far, most of my time has been spent getting set up at the International Broadcast Center or IBC. I break out the camera tomorrow. Many tales to come.
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