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'What can you do? It's Russia'

Updated: February 6, 2014, 10:06 PM ET
By Brett Forrest | Special to ESPN.com

SOCHI, Russia -- When I arrived in Sochi from halfway around the world, my room wasn't ready. They were housing us in an isolated compound of dormitories. The reception room spilled over with reporters from every corner of the known sport-o-sphere. They were waiting for rooms. Their laptops were cracked open, and they were typing up their personal agonies. Things looked bleak.

I joined the line to check in. "See that guy over there?" The man ahead of me was pointing to someone teetering ...

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