Olympics: Countdown to Sochi 2014

Associated Press
FOR STORY RUSSIA SOCHI YEAR TO GO - 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)

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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.