Twitter account targets so-called 'Sochi problems'
Sochi Olympic bloopers find an eager audience online
Many people are celebrating the achievements of athletes competing in the Sochi Winter Games, but hundreds of thousands are also keeping an eye on what goes wrong behind the scenes.
A Twitter account called @sochiproblems is pointing out some of the headaches that journalists, visitors and the athletes themselves are reporting from Sochi.
They include retweets from people like Johnny Quinn, the U.S. bobsledder who had to smash through the bathroom door of his Sochi quarters after getting locked in, and then got stuck in an elevator while heading to dinner.
Alex Broad, a journalism student at Toronto’s Centennial College, is the man behind the account.
He said the idea came to him when he was seeing some of the photos being tweeted from Sochi.
"I spilled a Tim Hortons coffee on my plaid jacket, and I call those [types of events] 'Canadian problems,'" Broad told CBC News, listing a broken hockey stick and the overuse of the word "eh" as other examples.
"Immediately, that triggered the idea of 'Sochi problems.'"
Broad said he would have been happy with just 15 followers, but the account has attracted more than 342,000 followers as of Monday night.
The account started out as a joke, but it’s turned into an exposé of the problems athletes are facing at Sochi.
Broad said that tweeting the problems should motivate officials to fix them.
He intends to keep on posting items of interest for the rest of the current Olympic Games.
With reports from The Associated Press