Mark Byrnes is a senior associate editor at CityLab who writes about design and architecture.
Canadians are not impressed with their hockey team's accommodations.
Canadian Twitter woke up this morning to this picture, of one of the rooms their men's hockey team will be staying in during the Winter Games in Sochi:
One of rooms Canada men's hockey team will stay in pic.twitter.com/7OJQd2m4bq— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) February 4, 2014
The photo, taken by Canadian Press writer Stephen Whyno, showed three small beds separated by nightstands. He later added that it's not the only room in the Olympic Village with three beds, nor is it any smaller than others.
But for a country that always expects Gold in hockey and really hates losing to Russia, the accommodations provoked quite a reaction.
But before any Russian conspiracies could take off, Whyno pointed to Pavel Lysenkov's video tour of a Russian Olympic team room. One less bed, but hardly more comfortable:
Canada's athletes are actually receiving some of the best accommodations in Sochi, according to an article Whyno later wrote for the Canadian Press. Thanks to their 14 gold medals in 2010, Canada's chef de mission Steve Podborski told CP, the country had extra leverage in room negotiations.
"That helped us a lot dealing with the Russians in terms of where we got to live in the buildings," adding shamelessly, "people love winners, that's what we are."
So Canucks won't be the only ones rearranging their beds or adjusting to modest amenities. These Austrian alpine skiers are looking extra cramped, but it's not stopping them from inviting a few people over to hang out:
Even the big boss, IOC President Thomas Bach, won't live in luxury these next few weeks. He at least appears to not have a roommate:
The athletes that end up with this room will have small beds and children's art to match:
And yes, Russian athletes will have to suffer a similar interior design fate: