Bobsleigh Venue Poses Environmental Threat
The UN wants to put the ice on a proposed Olympic bobsleigh route. In preparation for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, the bobsleigh track and an Olympic subvillage are due to be built on Grushevy Ridge, threatening endangered flora and fauna. Inspectors from the United Nations Environment Programme recently released a nine page summary of their April inspections, including a recommendation that Russian authorities explore alternative locations for the bobsleigh track. Greenpeace Russia, World Wildlife Fund Russia, and Transparent World have proposed 16 alternative sites to Grushevy Ridge.