With one day to go before the Opening Ceremonies of the Sochi Winter Olympics, construction crews are still finishing accommodations and security is an ongoing concern. (Feb. 6)
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Sochi, Russia - February 6, 2014
1. Tight Olympic torch being passed on its way to the Olympic Stadium
2. Mid International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach running the Olympic torch through Sochi
3. Mid Bach passing the Olympic flame to United Nations Security-General Ban Ki-moon
4. SOUNDBITE (English): Thomas Bach, IOC President (Transcript Below)
5. Wide of spectators lined up for the snowboard slopestyle qualifiers
6. SOUNDBITE (English): Markus Anderson, spectator (Transcript Below)
7. Wide volunteer warming up the crowd, spectators starting to wave and shout
8.SOUNDBITE (English): Jonathan Muller, spectator (Transcript Below)
9. Mid workers fixing pavement
10. Wide crane working at the Rixos Hotel in the media village
11. Wide worker climbing ladder
12. Mid worker drilling at entrance
13. SOUNDBITE (German): Eva Hain, Austrian tourist (Transcript Below)
14. Mid police officer with dog
15. Mid Cossacks (south Russian guardsmen) and police officer guarding line of people near ticket box office
16. Wide exterior of airport
17. SOUNDBITE (Russian): Dmitry Kozak, Russian Deputy Prime Minister (Transcript Below)
18. Tight of empty cardboard boxes and garbage piled up in the street
19. Wide hotel valley and mountains
A DAY BEFORE THE OPENING CEREMONIES, FINAL PREPARATIONS ARE BEING MADE FOR THE SOCHI WINTER OLYMPICS.
TOP WORLD LEADERS CARRY THE TORCH AS IT MAKES ITS WAY TO THE OLYMPIC STADIUM.
SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Bach, International Olympic Committee President::
"Now that is a very special and very significant, to be able to be together with the Secretary-General of the United Nations to send our Olympic message of peace and understanding."
THE FIRST QUALIFYING EVENTS ARE UNDERWAY.
SOUNDBITE (English) Markus Anderson, spectator from Park City, Utah:
"I just came to support everyone in the United States, enjoy the Games."
EXCITEMENT AND ANTICIPATION FOR THE GAMES ARE HIGH.
SOUNDBITE (English) Jonathan Muller, spectator from Park City, Utah:
"I think it is great being in Sochi. Not many opportunities to come to Russia, so this is a sweet chance for us. It's a little different than we were expecting though."
(Nat sound of construction)
EVEN AS THE FANS AND DIGNITARIES ARRIVE...CONSTRUCTION WORK IS STILL GOING ON IN SOME PLACES.
SOME PEOPLE ATTENDING THE GAMES HAVE COMPLAINED OF POOR ACCOMMODATIONS AND UNFINISHED INFRASTRUCTURE.
SOUNDBITE (German) Eva Hain, 64, Austrian tourist from Heiligenkreuz:
"Three days before my departure, I was told that my hotel will remain closed until February 7th, that I will be re-booked into two other hotels, of which the first one was just a boarding house."
SECURITY HAS ALSO BEEN AN ONGOING CONCERN. THE U-S GOVERNMENT WARNED AIRLINES FLYING TO RUSSIA THAT MILITANTS MAY TRY TO SMUGGLE EXPLOSIVES IN TOOTHPASTE TUBES, BUT RUSSIAN OFFICIALS REMAIN CONFIDENT.
SOUNDBITE (Russian) Dmitry Kozak, Russian Deputy Prime Minister:
"All the information on threats and risks that we have now allows us to say that the security of the Olympics and Sochi city will be conducted in a necessary way."
WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE READY, ALL EYES ARE ON SOCHI.
MATTHEW BURGOYNE, ASSOCIATED PRESS