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Where is Sochi Russia? Winter Olympics XXII 2014!

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Sochi has mild winters and here's more about the small city:

A city of about 343,000 people, Sochi is situated on the eastern side of the Black Sea and in the southwestern corner of Russia. It borders Georgia to the southeast. Directly south across the Black Sea is Turkey; across the sea to the west are Bulgaria and Romania. Ukraine borders the northern portion of the Black Sea.

Sochi organizers are calling the event "the most compact Winter Games in the history of the Olympic Movement." With two hubs of activity – the mountain cluster and the coastal cluster – travel time between venues within each cluster will be very short. A new train service will make the trip between the two clusters in less than 30 minutes.

At the coast, where indoor sports such as figure skating, hockey and curling will be contested, Sochi has a humid subtropical climate – the average high temperature in February is about 50 degrees, with a low of just under 40 degrees. The mountain cluster will host skiing and snowboarding as well as the Nordic and sliding sports, and although it's colder at the higher elevations, organizers will have 250,000 cubic meters of snow stored underground in case the weather doesn't cooperate.

I never realized how close to Georgia the city is:

sochi map

So... they have barely any snow, weak mountains, half of it is on the beach, and it's like terrorism central?  Sounds freakin' PERFECT for the Winter Olympics man.  Of course I'm from Alaska so what do I know from snow and ice?!??!

Winter Olympics XXII run February 6-23, 2014:

Competition kicks off with action in figure skating, snowboarding and freestyle skiing on Thursday, Feb. 6, ahead of the Opening Ceremony on Friday, Feb. 7. The Games end on Feb. 23 and are followed by the Paralympic Games.

For the United States, Sochi represents a chance to build on recent Winter Olympic success. The U.S. has shown great improvement since winning no more than 13 medals at any of the three Games in the 1990s. The Americans finished second in the medal standings at the 2002 and 2006 Games with hauls of 34 and 25 medals; in 2010, the U.S. topped the standings with a record 37. The U.S. has 253 medals in Winter Olympic history, second behind Norway's 303.

It's too early to know for sure which athletes will compete in Sochi, but some key names to watch are Lindsey Vonn (United States, Alpine skiing), Shaun White (United States, snowboarding), Yuna Kim (South Korea, figure skating) and Yevgeny Plushenko (Russia, figure skating).

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