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Photo Credit: Matt Gutman ABC

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Prefacing this blog by saying that IN NO WAY do I want any actual harm (terrorism, et al) to come to the people of Sochi, Olympic Athletes or the media in Russia on assignment.

Okay, now that I said that – WTH is going on with the Olympic event planners?

I have planned an event or two in my day – sometimes on short notice and almost always with various fires needing to be put out just seconds before “showtime.”

But I have never, ever seen anything like this!

Water the color of beer?

Urinals without  pipes?

Doors without handles?

Dead bugs in the food?

Spray painting grass to make it look green?

Murdering stray dogs wandering around the unfinished media hotels? 

(And this is not even counting the anti-gay sentiment by the nation, which I am not even going to touch here or could go on for hours.)

Opening ceremonies are tonight – but in my book, all signs point to this being more of an embarrassment than the Broncos’ play in the Super Bowl last weekend.

Where are the event professionals?

Where are the contingency plans?

Where are the crisis communications?

And finally, who is steering this PR nightmare – and how are they going to avoid a Titanic-sized black eye for Russia from here?

You all are the pros – can anything be done to save this mess?

Alison Bailin
Alison Bailin
Senior Account Executive Alison has a lot to say…about pretty much everything...all the time. From the current state of public relations to the social media impact on Shark Week to crisis communications in the sports world, Alison’s blogs are focused on “amusing through her PR musings,” and then some. Check out Alison's full bio

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