Sochi Problems In Pictures: Despite Unfinished Construction And Problems, 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Continue On [PHOTOS]

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The athletic competitions of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics officially kicked off on Feb. 7, but much of the media attention has been focused on the preparations for the global event -- because they are still underway.

Even as journalists and athletes started pouring into Sochi, a city situated in southwest Russia on the Black Sea, many were greeted with unfinished hotel rooms, undrinkable tap water and even stray dogs waiting for them in the rooms. Unfortunately that was only the half of it. A look at the surrounding cityscape shows multiple pieces of infrastructure and buildings still under construction, including hotels, shopping centers and roads.

The mess that greeted guests in Sochi sparked a social media uproar, with journalists documenting their experience using the Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) hashtag “#SochiProblems” and more than 219,000 Twitter users following the @SochiProblems account, as of Friday.

While much of the reactions to issues encountered in Sochi are valid, some argue that past host cities of the Olympics had similar issues. The 2004 Athens Olympics had several construction delays and even the 2012 London Summer Olympics had construction workers scrambling to finish work only a couple weeks before the games started.

Despite the facilities and infrastructure issues, the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games will proceed, from Feb. 7 until Feb. 23. In the meantime, take a closer look at some of the surrounding area of Sochi in photos below.

Sochi Olympic Stairs

A worker sweeps the steps in front of the Bolshoy Arena ahead of the start of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Feb. 6, 2014. Reuters/Brian Snyder

Sochi Unfinished Apartment

The side entrance of an unfinished apartment building is pictured in the mountain media village on top of the village of Esto Sadok at the Rosa Khutor alpine resort near Sochi, February 6, 2014. Reuters/Michael Dalder

Sochi Furniture Apartment

Workers move furniture outside an apartment building in the village of Esto Sadok at the Rosa Khutor alpine resort near Sochi, February 6, 2014. Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach

Workers Pavement Sochi

Construction workers work at the pavement at an unfinished apartment building in the mountain media village on top of the village of Esto Sadok at the Rosa Khutor alpine resort near Sochi, February 6, 2014. Reuters/Michael Dalder

Construction Sochi Pavement

Construction workers work at the pavement at an unfinished apartment building in the mountain media village on top of the village of Esto Sadok at the Rosa Khutor alpine resort near Sochi, February 6, 2014. Sochi will host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games from February 7 to 23. Reuters/Michael Dalder

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A worker carries material into an apartment building in the mountain media village on top of the village of Esto Sadok at the Rosa Khutor alpine resort near Sochi, February 6, 2014. Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach

Sochi shopping mall

The entrance of what was supposed to be a shopping mall is seen in the mountain media village on top of the village of Esto Sadok at the Rosa Khutor alpine resort near Sochi, February 6, 2014. Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach

Sochi Construction

Construction workers are pictured through the window of an unfinished apartment building in the mountain media village on top of the village of Esto Sadok at the Rosa Khutor alpine resort near Sochi, February 6, 2014. Reuters/Michael Dalder

Sochi construction worker

A worker moves coat stands outside an apartment building in the village of Esto Sadok at the Rosa Khutor alpine resort near Sochi, February 6, 2014. Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach

Sochi guest delivery

An empty tent for the "guest delivery service" volunteers is pictured at the mountain media village on top of the village of Esto Sadok at the Rosa Khutor alpine resort near Sochi, February 6, 2014. Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach

Sochi Construction material

A worker carries construction materials past the main souvenir store in the Olympic Park, ahead of the start of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 6, 2014. Reuters/Michael Dalder

Sochi construction site

A volunteer walks past a construction site with an unfinished building under a cover decorated with drawings of windows in Sochi, February 6, 2014. Reuters/Eric Gaillard

Sochi Woman Sweeping

A woman sweeps as she cleans a square as preparations continue for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor February 6, 2014. Reuters/Stefan Wermuth

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