Countdown to Sochi 2014: City a point of national pride for Putin's Russia

In this photo dated Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, the sun shines over the ski stadium during the FIS Cross-Country World Cup in Sochi, Russia. With just one year till the opening ceremony of the winter Olympic 2014 Sochi Games, the Black Sea resort is still a vast construction site sprawling for nearly 40 kilometers (25 miles) along the coast and 50 kilometers (30 miles) up into the mountains, with no escape from the clang and clatter of the construction works, the drilling, jack-hammering and mixing of cement. (AP Photo/Igor Yakunin) Photo by
In this photo dated Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, the sun shines over the ski stadium during the FIS Cross-Country World Cup in Sochi, Russia. With just one year till the opening ceremony of the winter Olympic 2014 Sochi Games, the Black Sea resort is still a vast construction site sprawling for nearly 40 kilometers (25 miles) along the coast and 50 kilometers (30 miles) up into the mountains, with no escape from the clang and clatter of the construction works, the drilling, jack-hammering and mixing of cement. (AP Photo/Igor Yakunin) Photo by
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