Russia's gearing up for the 2014 Olympics. Though construction began six years ago (when Sochi won the bid), it's kicked up over the last 12 months. As colleague Alan Taylor writes:
[The city] has been preparing ever since - upgrading telecommunications, transportation, and other infrastructure, and constructing many huge new venues in two main locations: the Coastal Cluster along the Black Sea shore in the Imeretinskaya Valley and the Mountain Cluster in Krasnaya Polyana.
He's pulled toagether additional photos, which you can see here.
Top image: A snowboarder passes by an advertising poster for Gorky Gorod, an under-construction ski resort in Krasnaya Polyana, some 40 km (25 miles) outside of the Black Sea city of Sochi, late February 18, 2012. During the 2014 Olympics, Gorky Gorod will be used as the Olympic Media Village. (Reuters/Denis Sinyakov)