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Crosby: Cramped Sochi accommodations ‘pretty similar to Vancouver’

Feb 5, 2014, 11:09 AM EDT

Yesterday, this picture from the Canadian Press’ Stephen Whyno was making the rounds…


That’s a snapshot of the accommodations NHL players will be utilizing when they get to Sochi — single beds, three to a room, shared bathrooms, etc. The works.

The size and style of the rooms has garnered a lot of attention on social media and across the Internet, with many wondering how NHLers will adjust to cramped quarters. One player that doesn’t seem fazed by the potential of bunking up, though, is Canadian captain Sidney Crosby.

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

As reports from Russia filtered in Tuesday about the cramped quarters of the Olympic Village for Canadian hockey players, many were aghast at the twin beds and three-to-a-room format.

Not Sidney Crosby, who gave a figurative shrug.

“Pretty similar to Vancouver,” he said, referring to the 2010 Games. “Not quite that tight, but we had three guys in a room, and I think (Boston Bruins star Patrice) Bergeron was sleeping in a closet. … To house that many athletes in that small a (town), it’s probably what you’re going to see.”

Other players have chimed in as well, saying they won’t be bothered by the rooms. Tampa Bay forward Steve Stamkos said he’s not that far removed from his youth days of bunking up with teammates, noting only one thing would make the situation uncomfortable.

“I remember playing an under-17 tournament and we had little dorm-style (rooms) like that,” he said, per the Canadian Press. “You just hope you don’t have anyone who snores in the room.

“That’s my only concern.”

  1. penguins87and71 - Feb 5, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Wow that’s pretty tight.

    • nobandwagoners - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      I think Crosby is being polite. Do people recall Vancouver’s accommodations for athletes at the “Olympic Village” at False Creek just across from Rogers Arena? Go google videos showing the accommodations and facilities where the athletes hung out. They were/are very nice condos now occupied by purchasers (albeit after a huge fiasco with the developer going into receivership).

      From what I’ve seen of the Sochi accommodations, they appear very spartan and, IMO, cold and drab; a huge difference from Vancouver. Hopefully, though, the Games will be as entertaining as Vancouver’s Winter Games were.

  2. cupquest - Feb 5, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    I don’t think Ovi will be sleeping 3 to a room, unless the other two are hot Russian chics!

    • titansbro - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      Haha, well done sir.

  3. lonespeed - Feb 5, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Syd, why are you moving the beds together?

    • theageofquarrel - Feb 5, 2014 at 11:26 AM

      It would have been funnier if you would have spelled his name right.

  4. jpelle82 - Feb 5, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    cue up the gay jokes….

    • killerpgh - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      Like Bergeron being in the closet?

      • valoisvipers - Feb 5, 2014 at 3:00 PM

        He better not come out of the closet in Russia.

  5. nyjetblue - Feb 5, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Hockey players rule the sports universe. Can you imagine the prima donna baseball, football or basketball types shrugging and saying “no problem”?

  6. scoops1 - Feb 5, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    they may look like Vancover but they will end up looking like Nagano if the USA loses early…

  7. lowenni - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    You know I hate Crosby as a caps fan, but I admire his humbleness in regard to these comments. He’s a multi million dollar superstar, the face of an entire sport, and he doesn’t mind sharing a room with a few teammates as if he was 16. Classy and humble. Journalists all over are complaining about their rooms and their all a sliver of the public figure Crosby is. I know people are still stuck up on ‘Crybaby Crosby’ from when he was younger, but the guys a class act.

  8. titansbro - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Sochi… lol

  9. muckleflugga - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    keep repeating that nonsense about crosby being the face of an entire sport you may eventually convince yourself …

    platitudes repeated ad nauseam … there’s no way anyone wetting themselves over sidney ever played hockey

    look at his numbers held against greats of the game in proportionate periods –teemu selanne got 76 goals in his rookie season alone

    crosby … the face of an entire sport


    • theageofquarrel - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      Well,he is whether you like it or not.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:08 PM

      crosby ranks 4th all time in points per game at 1.41. probably the most fair and impactful statistic you can conjur up…is that comparable enough to the greats for you?

  10. hosewater2 - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Love the accommodations the media are getting, its pretty hilarious. Search twitter for Sochi hotel rooms.

    At least Russia puts the media in their rightful place.

  11. joey4id - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    And some commenters are calling the Olympics a vacation. Ha! Only fools who have no idea about how a professional hockey player’s life is cushioned by the CBA.

  12. shamu1the1whale - Feb 5, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    I don’t think that Steve Whyno snapshot of just the beds gives the full picture of what the athlete’s rooms are actually like. The athlete’s village rooms are quite enormous and nice actually. Check out this Russian journalist’s detailed video of one of the athlete’s rooms at the Olympic Village:

    • shortsxit34 - Feb 5, 2014 at 6:54 PM

      Have you seen the media’s rooms? God forbid the village is anything remotely close to those conditions.

      • shamu1the1whale - Feb 5, 2014 at 7:29 PM

        I agree! Unfortunately, it seems like a lot of the hotels aren’t ready for occupancy by the media…

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