Olympics: Countdown to Sochi 2014

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Moscow's Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, center, stands surrounded by a crowd of various sports enthusiasts waving Russian and Moscow flags during a ceremony of the launching the one-year count down clock for the upcoming 2014 Sochi Olympics, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

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One year before Russia hosts its first Winter Olympics, this Black Sea resort is a vast construction site sprawling for nearly 25 miles along the coast and up into the mountains. For Russia and its leadership, the 2014 Sochi Games is a point of national pride. President Putin has made the Olympics his personal project and, determined to use them to showcase a powerful and prosperous Russia, has spared no expense to make sure the games are a success.

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