Citing an unprecedented heat wave of 3-6 degrees above normal, Russian officials admitted today the conditions for the 2014 Winter Olympics have not been ideal.

“Any other year, holding the games in such a warm part of the country would have been only borderline ridiculous,” said a local Olympic delegate. “But right now, with temperatures reaching nearly 70 instead of the usual 65, we have the egg on the face, as you Americans say.”

Added the delegate: “If you asked me before the games what our biggest problem was going to be, I would have said the unfinished hotels or general lack of preparedness. Who knew the weather would be such an issue in this, our nation’s finest summer resort town?”