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The Russian resort town gears up for next year's Winter Games.

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.

Security guards walk along the debris of abandoned buildings with the Olympic Park in Imeretinskaya Valley seen in the background, in Sochi, on February 17, 2012. (Reuters/Denis Sinyakov)
 Construction of the Olympic Oval skating center during a media tour of the Olympic venues in Sochi, on February 10, 2012. The Olympic Oval will host the speed skating events of the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The stadium will be used as a trade and exhibition center after the Games. (Reuters/Wolfgang Rattay)



The Bolshoi Ice Palace under construction at the Olympic park in Sochi, on May 20, 2011. (Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin)



Residents work in their garden, with the under-construction Olympic Park in Imeretinskaya Valley seen in the background, in Sochi, on February 17, 2012. (Reuters/Denis Sinyakov)



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)

 

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