The great Olympic no-show

The great Olympic no-show

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  • Photographs reveal sparse crowds at many event
  • The Winter Olympics at Sochi appear to being falling somewhat flat, as hardly any spectators turn up and senior officials complain the games have no buzz.Photographs of Olympic venues show that entire banks of seats are practically deserted, while the one or two fans who did struggle out to see the world-class sporting events wrap up against the cold.Embarrassingly, an American member of a top Olympic committee said that many of the Russian spectators were seeing the sports for the first time ever, and behaved without enthusiasm – except when Russian athletes took centre stage.
    Room for improvement: The majority of seats at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre were empty yesterday

    Room for improvement: The majority of seats at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre were empty yesterday

    All by myself: A woman checks her phone before the start of a speed-skating event held yesterday

    All by myself: A woman checks her phone before the start of a speed-skating event held yesterday

    Mexican wave, anybody? Senior Olympic figures have spoken out about the lack of atmosphere, as seen here in the sparse crowd at a speed skating event

    Mexican wave, anybody? Senior Olympic figures have spoken out about the lack of atmosphere, as seen here in the sparse crowd at a speed skating event

    ‘I think as time goes on and they get used to it, there will be more excitement. A lot of people have not seen these sports before.’

    Gerhard Heiberg, a Norwegian who helped organise the acclaimed 1994 winter games in Lillehammer, called on Sochi’s organisers to act over the empty stadiums.

    Lack of enthusiasm? One senior Olympic organiser claimed that many spectators had never seen the sports before

    Lack of enthusiasm? One senior Olympic organiser claimed that many spectators had never seen the sports before

    Sparse: At least this spectator for a downhill skiing race had somewhere to put his bag

    Sparse: At least this spectator for a downhill skiing race had somewhere to put his bag

    Valiant effort: These Russian fans cheer and whoop at the men's biathlon, despite rows of emptiness behind them

    Valiant effort: These Russian fans cheer and whoop at the men’s biathlon, despite rows of emptiness behind them

    Embarrassing: Sochi organisers have said they will start calling on volunteers to fill up empty venues

    Embarrassing: Sochi organisers have said they will start calling on volunteers to fill up empty venues

    Bleak: Previous Olympics have also had problems with empty stadia

    Bleak: Previous Olympics have also had problems with empty stadia

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