SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The main news conference room at the media center in Sochi has seemed comically oversized for most of these games, with a couple dozen reporters filing into the 530-seat hall for various question-and-answer sessions.
Why build it so big? Why so many seats for an Olympics that isn't as high profile as the Summer Games and isn't as well attended by media across the world as, say, the London Games were in 2012.
Then the Russian men's hockey team arrived. Suddenly this great, expansive space seemed almost claustrophobic. Hundreds of reporters piled into Pushkin Hall on Tuesday to get a look at the stars of this Sochi show.
Alex Ovechkin, Pavel Datsyuk and the rest of the team squeezed on to the stage, along with three-time Olympic champion Vladislav Tretiak to talk about playing in their home country and trying to restore some pride to the hockey program after a poor showing in Vancouver. Here's what they were looking at as they spoke: https://twitter.com/APkrawczynski/status/433178474258636800.
And like big stars do, the Russians made everyone wait. The initial press conference was scheduled for 1 p.m. Sochi time, but just as everyone was sitting down a press officer announced that it would be another 20 minutes.