Danny Davis Sochi Halfpipe Criticism - Olympics 2014 Results at Stake, Should be Flawless
Count Danny Davis as another US snowboarder unhappy with the halfpipe conditions in Sochi, ripping officials for the poor conditions and arguing that they didn't invest enough money to build the pipe.
Davis knows the results of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi are at stake and said officials should have taken that into consideration and had conditions in premium shape.
"It's the Olympics. It should be flawless. What a lame showcase of snowboarding, and what a lame way to treat the athletes," Danny Davis said in an interview with Yahoo's Jeff Passan.
Were officials too cheap to do the job right?
Davis believes that is the case and blamed officials for looking at the budget, instead of providing a world-class course for the snowboarders in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
"The IOC probably didn't want to pay the right guys to do it. I'm pretty sure what they're focused on is keeping as much money in their hands as possible. That's the shame of it all. All these kids, myself included, worked very hard to get here. And then the pipe is just no fun and boring and [expletive]. Halfpipe is super fun. But riding a crappy pipe and having to perform in it is the worst."
The real criticism appears to be that the the IOC and the FIS (the skiing federation that overseas snowboarding sports) didn't hire "the right guys" (in this case Snow Park Technologies) to construct the pipe.
An SF Gate article calls Snow Park Technologies "the most respected halfpipe building company in the world," and the IOC didn't use that company for the building of the pipe.
How much did they save and are the athletes and the fans paying the price for a cheaper build of the pipe?
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