The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia on Feb 7-23, 2014. Ninety-eight events in fifteen winter sports will be held during the games. Russia is spending around $11 billion to prepare.
Fireworks explode above the central square of Rosa Khutor ski resort, a venue of the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Krasnaya Polyana, 37.5 miles east of Sochi, Russia during New Year's celebrations early Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.
In this photo taken Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 and provided by Olympictorch2014.com, an Olympic torch bearer Valentina Volokitina holds an Olympic torch during the torch relay in Kazan, Russia.
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com an elderly man surrounded by performers dressed in costumes of Ded Moroz (Father Frost), plays accordion at a welcome ceremony of the Olympic torch relay in Ufa, the regional capital of the Volga River region of Bashkortostan, about 1200 kilometers (750 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. The 65,000-kilometer (40,389 mile) Sochi torch relay, which started on Oct. 7, is the longest in Olympic history. The torch has traveled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker and has even been flown into space.
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com torch bearer TV anchorwoman Yekaterina Andreyeva swims holding an Olympic torch with a water-resistant flare atop it in the world's biggest lake, Baikal, during the Olympic torch relay in Siberia, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. The Olympic torch has plunged into Russia's Lake Baikal in the run-up to the Sochi Winter Games. The 65,000-kilometer (39,000 mile) Sochi torch relay, which started on Oct. 7, is the longest in Olympic history. The torch has traveled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker and has even been flown into space.
This screen image taken from NASA shows the Sochi Olympic torch being held during a spacewalk on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. Video streamed by the US space agency NASA showed Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazanskiy carrying the unlit Olympic torch, bobbing weightlessly at the end of a tether in a darkness dotted by stars.
Russian lawmaker Artur Chilingarov, center, and a group of torch bearers hold various countries national flags and an Olympic torch at the North Pole, Arctic Ocean on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. For the first time in history the Olympic flame was brought to the North Pole, on board the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Victory) as part of the torch relay to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, ceremoniously lit the Olympic flame with a torch at the Red Square in Moscow on Oct. 6. after it was flown over from Greece.
Standing behind the Olympic Flame, gay activists protest at the steps of the Acropolis' museum before the handover ceremony of the Olympic Flame in Athens, on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013.
Torch bearer Manolis Katsiadakis general secretary of Greece's Olympic Committeeposes after lighting the cauldron with the Olympic Flame in front of Parthenon temple atop of the Acropolis Hill in Athens on Oct. 4.
Actress Ino Menegaki, playing the role of high priestess, lights the torch with the Olympic Flame during the Oct. 5 handover ceremony in Greece. After a seven-day run through Greece, the flame was flown to Russia where it will cover 40,000 miles on Russian soil. The record-setting relay will start in Moscow and finish in Sochi on the opening day of the games.
Actresses playing the role of traditional Greek priestesses perform during the lighting ceremony of the Olympic Flame for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games at Ancient Olympia on September 29, 2013 in Olympia, Greece.
The Shayba Arena is covered in diagonal strips of blue and white paneling. It will host hockey and sledge hockey during the Olympic games. Russian hockey fans shout "Shaybu!" (Deliver the puck!) during games, which is how the arena got its name, according to the <a href="http://en.sochimediacenter.ru/references/20130501/935376087.html" target="_blank">Sochi site</a>.
David Murdoch throws a stone during a training session after being selected for the Team Great Britain Curling team for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games at The Peak, Stirling Sports Village in Stirling, Scotland.
The gold, silver and bronze paralympic medals are displayed for journalists during presentation of Sochi 2014 medals.
The 2014 Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia on Feb 7-23, 2014. Ninety-eight events in fifteen winter sports will be held during the games. Russia is spending around $11 billion to prepare. Here. Magnus Krog of Norway makes a jump in Sochi. Take a look at great photos of the preparation and athletes who may participate.
Journalists take photos and video of the newly minted 2014 Olympic medals during a presentation at the SportAccord International Convention in St.Petersburg, Russia.
Former Olympic champion in speed skating and current Russian Parliament deputy Svetlana Zhurova shows a gold medal during a presentation of Sochi 2014 Olympic medals.
The Iceberg skating arena is seen at night at the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, with less than one year till the opening ceremony of the winter Olympic 2014 Sochi Games. The Black Sea resort of Sochi is now a vast construction site sprawling for nearly 40 kilometers (25 miles) along the coast and 50 kilometers (30 miles) up into the mountains.
Russian Olympic Ice Skating Champion Tatyana Navka presents the Olympic torch and uniform for relay of the Olympic Flame for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Moscow's Red Square, with the Kremlin Spassky Tower at the background.
The Rosa Khutor Extreme Park includes the Snowboard Park that seats 15,000 spectators and the Freestyle Center, which seats 14,000 spectators, according to the <a href="http://en.sochimediacenter.ru/references/20130501/935376087.html" target="_blank">Sochi site</a>. It's used for Aerial, Mogul, Ski Cross, Halfpipe, Slopestyle and Snowboard Cross events.
Gold, left, silver, center, and bronze medals are displayed for journalists during a presentation of Sochi 2014 Olympic medals.
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Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek performs during an exhibition at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Lysacek is returning to competitive figure skating and says his goals are to make the U.S. team for Sochi and defend his title, something no man has done since Dick Button in 1952.
Sochi was selected as the host city on July 4th, 2007 during the 119th IOC Session in Guatemala City, defeating bids from Salzburg, Austria; and Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Jan Schmid of Norway makes his jump during the Team Gundersen event at the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Sochi, Russia.
An inside view of the new railway station "Esto-Sadok", between Adler and Krasnaya Polyana Olympic venues in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi. Many of the games will only be accessable by rail lines leading into the vast anow-covered mountain region.
A general view of the Olympic shooting range of the Laura Cross Country and Biathlon Center in Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin smiles during a meeting in his residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, home of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
In this photo the outside view of the Bolshoy ice dome is seen. It is the main Olympic ice hockey arena, at the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi.
Crowds enjoy snow at a ski resort in Krasnaya Polyana near the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia, scene of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
People walk by a ski resort under construction in Krasnaya Polyana near the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia, with less than one year till the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic 2014.
Fireworks explode as crowds burst in cheers and applause as the Russian resort city of Sochi becomes the host of the 2014 winter games in Sochi early Thursday, July 5. 2007. Sochi was competing against Salzburg, Austria, and Pyeongchang, South Korea. Russia has never hosted the Winter Games.
The Adler Arena is located in the central section of the Olympic Park. The facility sports orange, yellow and white in its interior design and stands. It contains two speed skating tracks for competition and one training track, according to the <a href="http://en.sochimediacenter.ru/references/20130501/935376087.html" target="_blank">Sochi site</a>.