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Sochi: The Olympic city

<p>A view of the Fisht Olympic Stadium under construction for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, in Sochi August 20, 2013.  REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski</p>

A view of the Fisht Olympic Stadium under construction for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, in Sochi August 20, 2013. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

A view of the Fisht Olympic Stadium under construction for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, in Sochi August 20, 2013. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

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<p>A view of the Fisht Olympic Stadium (L) under construction for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, in Sochi, August 20, 2013.  REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski</p>

A view of the Fisht Olympic Stadium (L) under construction for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, in Sochi, August 20, 2013. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

A view of the Fisht Olympic Stadium (L) under construction for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, in Sochi, August 20, 2013. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

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<p>The Fisht Olympic Stadium (foreground) is pictured under construction for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, August 20, 2013. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski</p>

The Fisht Olympic Stadium (foreground) is pictured under construction for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, August 20, 2013. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

The Fisht Olympic Stadium (foreground) is pictured under construction for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, August 20, 2013. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

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<p>An interior view shows the building of the Main Press Center for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, August 20, 2013. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski</p>

An interior view shows the building of the Main Press Center for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, August 20, 2013. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

An interior view shows the building of the Main Press Center for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, August 20, 2013. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

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<p>An interior view shows the Iceberg Skating Palace for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, August 20, 2013. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski</p>

An interior view shows the Iceberg Skating Palace for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, August 20, 2013. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

An interior view shows the Iceberg Skating Palace for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, August 20, 2013. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

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<p>An exterior view shows the Iceberg Skating Palace for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, August 20, 2013. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski</p>

An exterior view shows the Iceberg Skating Palace for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, August 20, 2013. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

An exterior view shows the Iceberg Skating Palace for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, August 20, 2013. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

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<p>A view of the Fisht Olympic Stadium under construction for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, in Sochi August 20, 2013. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski</p>

A view of the Fisht Olympic Stadium under construction for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, in Sochi August 20, 2013. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

A view of the Fisht Olympic Stadium under construction for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, in Sochi August 20, 2013. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

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<p>Two men are seen on the seafront in Sochi, the host city for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 18, 2013.  REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach</p>

Two men are seen on the seafront in Sochi, the host city for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 18, 2013. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Two men are seen on the seafront in Sochi, the host city for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 18, 2013. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

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<p>A sign stands at a construction site during the men's skeleton test event at the "Sanki" sliding center in Rosa Khutor, a venue for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics near Sochi February 15, 2013. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach</p>

A sign stands at a construction site during the men's skeleton test event at the "Sanki" sliding center in Rosa Khutor, a venue for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics near Sochi February 15, 2013. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

A sign stands at a construction site during the men's skeleton test event at the "Sanki" sliding center in Rosa Khutor, a venue for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics near Sochi February 15, 2013. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

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<p>Gondolas are seen near a track in Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort at the Aibga Ridge, part of the complex of facilities to be used for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, November 7, 2012. The venue will host all Alpine Skiing disciplines - Downhill, Combined (downhill and slalom), Giant Slalom and the Super Giant Slalom. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski</p>

Gondolas are seen near a track in Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort at the Aibga Ridge, part of the complex of facilities to be used for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, November 7, 2012. The venue will host all Alpine Skiing disciplines - Downhill, Combined...more

Gondolas are seen near a track in Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort at the Aibga Ridge, part of the complex of facilities to be used for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, November 7, 2012. The venue will host all Alpine Skiing disciplines - Downhill, Combined (downhill and slalom), Giant Slalom and the Super Giant Slalom. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

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<p>A volunteer stands on the ground of the construction site of the "Fisht" February 10, 2012, that will host the opening and the closing ceremonies of the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay</p>

A volunteer stands on the ground of the construction site of the "Fisht" February 10, 2012, that will host the opening and the closing ceremonies of the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. REUTERS/Wolfgang...more

A volunteer stands on the ground of the construction site of the "Fisht" February 10, 2012, that will host the opening and the closing ceremonies of the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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<p>A picture shot through the window of a house that has to be torn down as it is within the perimeters of the Olympic Park shows the Olympic stadium for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Olympic Park in Adler, near Sochi February 18, 2013. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach</p>

A picture shot through the window of a house that has to be torn down as it is within the perimeters of the Olympic Park shows the Olympic stadium for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Olympic Park in Adler, near Sochi February 18, 2013....more

A picture shot through the window of a house that has to be torn down as it is within the perimeters of the Olympic Park shows the Olympic stadium for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Olympic Park in Adler, near Sochi February 18, 2013. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

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<p>A worker stands on top of a cable car pillar at the "Sanki" sliding center in the winter sport resort of Rosa Khutor, a venue for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics near Sochi February 22, 2013.  REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach</p>

A worker stands on top of a cable car pillar at the "Sanki" sliding center in the winter sport resort of Rosa Khutor, a venue for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics near Sochi February 22, 2013. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

A worker stands on top of a cable car pillar at the "Sanki" sliding center in the winter sport resort of Rosa Khutor, a venue for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics near Sochi February 22, 2013. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

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<p>Course workers prepare the slope for the finals of the ski cross test event at the winter sport resort of Rosa Khutor, a venue for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics near Sochi February 19, 2013. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach</p>

Course workers prepare the slope for the finals of the ski cross test event at the winter sport resort of Rosa Khutor, a venue for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics near Sochi February 19, 2013. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Course workers prepare the slope for the finals of the ski cross test event at the winter sport resort of Rosa Khutor, a venue for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics near Sochi February 19, 2013. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

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<p>A local resident fishes, with the under-construction Olympic Park in Imeretinskaya Valley seen in the background, in the Russian Black sea town of Sochi, June 1, 2011.  REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov</p>

A local resident fishes, with the under-construction Olympic Park in Imeretinskaya Valley seen in the background, in the Russian Black sea town of Sochi, June 1, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

A local resident fishes, with the under-construction Olympic Park in Imeretinskaya Valley seen in the background, in the Russian Black sea town of Sochi, June 1, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

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<p>A ski lift is seen in front of the Aibiga Ridge in the western Caucasus before the men's downhill Alpine Skiing World Cup Downhill race in the Rosa Khutor skiing resort of Krasnaya Polyana near Sochi February 11, 2012. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay</p>

A ski lift is seen in front of the Aibiga Ridge in the western Caucasus before the men's downhill Alpine Skiing World Cup Downhill race in the Rosa Khutor skiing resort of Krasnaya Polyana near Sochi February 11, 2012. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

A ski lift is seen in front of the Aibiga Ridge in the western Caucasus before the men's downhill Alpine Skiing World Cup Downhill race in the Rosa Khutor skiing resort of Krasnaya Polyana near Sochi February 11, 2012. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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<p>A view shows the construction works of the "RusSki Gorki" Jumping Center, located in Esto-Sadok village on the northern slope of the Aibga Ridge, part of the complex of facilities to be used for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, November 7, 2012. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski</p>

A view shows the construction works of the "RusSki Gorki" Jumping Center, located in Esto-Sadok village on the northern slope of the Aibga Ridge, part of the complex of facilities to be used for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, November 7, 2012....more

A view shows the construction works of the "RusSki Gorki" Jumping Center, located in Esto-Sadok village on the northern slope of the Aibga Ridge, part of the complex of facilities to be used for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, November 7, 2012. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

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<p>A general view of the Olympic village to be used for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, which is under construction, is seen in Sochi December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski</p>

A general view of the Olympic village to be used for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, which is under construction, is seen in Sochi December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

A general view of the Olympic village to be used for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, which is under construction, is seen in Sochi December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

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<p>The Olympic rings are seen in front of the airport of Sochi, the host city for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 18, 2013. Although many complexes and venues in the Black Sea resort of Sochi mostly resemble building sites that are still under construction, there is nothing to suggest any concern over readiness. Construction will be completed by August 2013 according to organizers. The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics opens on February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach</p>

The Olympic rings are seen in front of the airport of Sochi, the host city for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 18, 2013. Although many complexes and venues in the Black Sea resort of Sochi mostly resemble building sites that are still under...more

The Olympic rings are seen in front of the airport of Sochi, the host city for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 18, 2013. Although many complexes and venues in the Black Sea resort of Sochi mostly resemble building sites that are still under construction, there is nothing to suggest any concern over readiness. Construction will be completed by August 2013 according to organizers. The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics opens on February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

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<p>A view shows "Iceberg" Skating Palace, part of the complex of facilities to be used for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, November 6, 2012. The Olympic Skating Center is a moveable venue, making it possible to be dismantled and transported for post-Games use as a skating center in another Russian city. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski</p>

A view shows "Iceberg" Skating Palace, part of the complex of facilities to be used for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, November 6, 2012. The Olympic Skating Center is a moveable venue, making it possible to be dismantled and transported for...more

A view shows "Iceberg" Skating Palace, part of the complex of facilities to be used for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, November 6, 2012. The Olympic Skating Center is a moveable venue, making it possible to be dismantled and transported for post-Games use as a skating center in another Russian city. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

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<p>A journalist walks inside the under-construction Bolshoi Ice Palace in the Olympic park in Imeretinskaya Valley, near the Russian Black sea town of Sochi, May 30, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov</p>

A journalist walks inside the under-construction Bolshoi Ice Palace in the Olympic park in Imeretinskaya Valley, near the Russian Black sea town of Sochi, May 30, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

A journalist walks inside the under-construction Bolshoi Ice Palace in the Olympic park in Imeretinskaya Valley, near the Russian Black sea town of Sochi, May 30, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

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<p>A view of the road and railway link to Krasnaya Polyana, a venue for the Sochi 2014 winter Olympics, is seen under construction near Sochi December 9, 2012.  REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski</p>

A view of the road and railway link to Krasnaya Polyana, a venue for the Sochi 2014 winter Olympics, is seen under construction near Sochi December 9, 2012. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

A view of the road and railway link to Krasnaya Polyana, a venue for the Sochi 2014 winter Olympics, is seen under construction near Sochi December 9, 2012. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

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<p>Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C) visits the Olympic press center with deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak (R) in the Black Sea city of Sochi, February 7, 2013. REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Pool</p>

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C) visits the Olympic press center with deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak (R) in the Black Sea city of Sochi, February 7, 2013. REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Pool

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C) visits the Olympic press center with deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak (R) in the Black Sea city of Sochi, February 7, 2013. REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Pool

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<p>Snow guns are seen near a track in Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort at the Aibga Ridge, part of the complex of facilities to be used for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, November 7, 2012. The venue will host all Alpine Skiing disciplines - Downhill, Combined (downhill and slalom), Giant Slalom and the Super Giant Slalom. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski</p>

Snow guns are seen near a track in Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort at the Aibga Ridge, part of the complex of facilities to be used for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, November 7, 2012. The venue will host all Alpine Skiing disciplines - Downhill, Combined...more

Snow guns are seen near a track in Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort at the Aibga Ridge, part of the complex of facilities to be used for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, November 7, 2012. The venue will host all Alpine Skiing disciplines - Downhill, Combined (downhill and slalom), Giant Slalom and the Super Giant Slalom. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

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<p>Judges look out of a makeshift judge tower before the trial round of the Sochi Ski Jumping World Cup tournament in Krasnaya Polyana December 7, 2012.  REUTERS/Michael Dalder</p>

Judges look out of a makeshift judge tower before the trial round of the Sochi Ski Jumping World Cup tournament in Krasnaya Polyana December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Judges look out of a makeshift judge tower before the trial round of the Sochi Ski Jumping World Cup tournament in Krasnaya Polyana December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

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<p>A general view of the accommodation and facilities complex, which is under construction, is seen in Sochi December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski</p>

A general view of the accommodation and facilities complex, which is under construction, is seen in Sochi December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

A general view of the accommodation and facilities complex, which is under construction, is seen in Sochi December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

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<p>A view shows the track at "Sanki" Sliding Center at the Alpika Service Mountain Ski Resort, part of the complex of facilities to be used for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, November 7, 2012. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski</p>

A view shows the track at "Sanki" Sliding Center at the Alpika Service Mountain Ski Resort, part of the complex of facilities to be used for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, November 7, 2012. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

A view shows the track at "Sanki" Sliding Center at the Alpika Service Mountain Ski Resort, part of the complex of facilities to be used for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, November 7, 2012. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

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<p>A worker carries a ladder in the construction site of the "Olympic Oval" skating center during an organized tour to the Olympic venues in Sochi February 10, 2012. The "Olympic Oval" will host the speed skating events of the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay</p>

A worker carries a ladder in the construction site of the "Olympic Oval" skating center during an organized tour to the Olympic venues in Sochi February 10, 2012. The "Olympic Oval" will host the speed skating events of the 2014 Olympic and...more

A worker carries a ladder in the construction site of the "Olympic Oval" skating center during an organized tour to the Olympic venues in Sochi February 10, 2012. The "Olympic Oval" will host the speed skating events of the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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<p>Debris of an abandoned private house is seen, with the under-construction Olympic Park in Imeretinskaya Valley seen in the background, in the Russian Black sea town of Sochi, June 1, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov</p>

Debris of an abandoned private house is seen, with the under-construction Olympic Park in Imeretinskaya Valley seen in the background, in the Russian Black sea town of Sochi, June 1, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

Debris of an abandoned private house is seen, with the under-construction Olympic Park in Imeretinskaya Valley seen in the background, in the Russian Black sea town of Sochi, June 1, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

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<p>Workers are seen on the roof of the "Bolshoy" Ice Dome, part of the complex of facilities to be used for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, November 6, 2012.  REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski</p>

Workers are seen on the roof of the "Bolshoy" Ice Dome, part of the complex of facilities to be used for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, November 6, 2012. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

Workers are seen on the roof of the "Bolshoy" Ice Dome, part of the complex of facilities to be used for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, November 6, 2012. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

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