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Is Sochi ready for the Olympics
(ABC) A major American Olympic star is scaling back his schedule for Sochi.
Two- time Olympic Gold Medalist Snowboarder Shaun White announced this morning he will not compete in the slopestyle event because he's worried about getting injured.
It's as if the Olympics snuck up on Russia, one day before the games officially get underway, finishing touches are still being put on infrastructure. Hotels are not completely ready. And now officials are scrambling to adjust the slopestyle snowboarding course after several athletes got hurt.
This morning two-time Olympic Snowboarding Gold Medalist Shaun White said he's pulling out out of that event because the risk of injury is not worth jeopardizing his other goals.
Slopestyle is a new Olympic sport, exciting but dangerous.
The course runs 650 feet. The final jump is over 70 feet high. Picture six school buses stacked end to end on top of each other!
Yesterday White fell and jammed his wrist during a training run. A female snowboarder crashed and suffered a concussion and a Norwegian medal favorite broke his collar bone.
But the biggest buzz in Sochi is about how unprepared the city seems to be.
On the outside, hotels look sparkling and new. But inside - well take a look this is tap water. Yes tap water the color of apple juice or beer! Too toxic to even wash your face.
Toilets are flushing but without paper.
These American Snowboarders said their rooms are okay but not quite finished.
You can tell in the rooms there's just subtle details that would no normally be finished.
For example paint. to have dozens of dozens of rooms not ready for journalists or whoever, it's just absolutely an embarrassment.