One would imagine that the host city of the Winter Olympics would be covered in snow, but the truth is that temperatures in Sochi are getting warmer and warmer.
On Friday, ‘not a single Olympic site is expected to even approach freezing at any point during the day, and the sun is likely to shine.’
Here are some pictures you would least expect from Sochi:
The weather in the Russian resort has melted ski and snowboard runs, leaving huge patches of grass exposed, and making the athletes' intricately-prepared runs treacherous.
Austrian ski jumper Wilhelm Denifl shared some of the problems the athletes are facing. “Holes and ruts form if the snow on the landing zone is not hard enough... The snow becomes unstable, and if we are landing consistently in the same area, and at a high speed, the pressure associated with landing can make it unstable. And dangerous.”
While the rest of the world may be imagining sub zero temperatures and people covered in layers upon layers of warm clothes, residents and visitors at the Winter Olympics resorts are actually stripping off and heading to the beach.
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach does not worry though and assures that the weather is not posing a "major risk" to the games since the organizers have stored spare snow. Past Winter Games have also seen warm-weather problems.
Winter games have been delayed in the past as well with Vancouver (2010), Turin, Italy (2006), Japan Nagano, Japan (1998) and Sarajevo (1984) being a few examples.