As builders worked feverishly to get the Black Sea resort ready for winter games, they failed to notice the effects their work was having on the village below. Until the walls of Vorochkova's two-storey home fell. Tell-tale cracks snaked through neighbouring houses.
The 58-year-old housewife now lives in an aluminium shack and is fighting a legal battle for compensation over damage she blames on Olympic subcontractors（1）.
Other villages near Sochi offer similar complaints of ruined homes, illegal landfills（2） and broken promises that their lives would not be poisoned by construction.
Putin is expected to spend more than $50 billion to show off Russia's modern face at the Games in Sochi. Moscow promised to set "new environmental standards" in Olympic construction.
Complaints about construction, along with international concerns about gay rights and security, threaten Putin's efforts to improve Russia's image through the games.
The Sochi 2014 organising committee says construction has minimised harmful carbon emissions, and companies carrying out construction say they are sticking to their promises to meet international standards in protecting the environment.
But some ecologists say the damage is only the beginning and that construction may have put the region in the path of potential ecological disasters, including poisoned drinking water and flooding.
In the village of Akhshtyr, the wells used by villagers for centuries have dried up since Russian Railways started digging a quarry（3） in the adjacent foothills of the Caucasus Mountains.
Since the wells dried up, the company has delivered almost daily barrels of water to Akhshtyr residents.
The quarries have provided rock used in the construction of Olympic venues（4）. Trucks rumble past every few minutes, carrying stones to the construction sites below.
One villager, Alexander Koropov, said that when construction started, local authorities gathered villagers to explain that they would soon be linked into a natural gas grid and a regional water system.
"We thought they would bring us civilisation, development, but instead we are now living worse than the Indians did on American reservations 200 years ago," said Koropov.
Villagers say the trucks bring in trash from other construction sites, dumping it in the gorge within walking distance. A dust cloud covers the village.
Russian Railways says it paid a fine for the illegal dumping and has since stopped the practice, though residents say trucks continue to haul trash into the landfill.
While the trash itself poses no direct danger, rainwater flowing into the ground and into the nearby Mzymta River, which is used by Sochi residents for drinking water, is at risk of being contaminated by the waste, say local environmentalists.
"When the substances accumulate, it can have a toxic effect, because no one knows exactly what those materials in the landfill are comprised of, where they have come from," said Yulia Naberezhnaya, spokeswoman for the Russian Geographical Society in Sochi.
Naberezhnaya is one of many Sochi environmental activists who New York-based Human Rights Watch says have been harassed over her work.
Other environmental activists have had criminal cases opened against them, including Suren Gazaryan, who received asylum in Estonia after facing criminal accusations which he called politically motivated.
Environmental experts say that Olympic construction which has consisted of pouring soil into lowland swamps helped cause the flooding that created a state of emergency in the area in September and could increase the risk for more flooding.
"Those rains were a test to see how prepared we were for a relatively normal occurrence. And it showed the extent to which our Olympic construction failed after getting rid of old drainage（5） systems and installing new ones that don't work," said Valery Suchkov, a lawyer specialising in environmental law.
Months after the flooding, residents complain that the ground even on a sunny day is still damp.
For most residents, they see the attention that the Olympics will bring as a final chance to be heard, but some barely have the strength left to fight.
"I'm just tired, it's too much," says Vorochkova, with tears in her eyes, closing the door to her aluminium shack that sits across from the ruin of her old house. "All I want to do is sleep," she said.（Reuters）