Inside Photos Of Sochi …Some Beautiful….Some Not So Much

 

Russia went $39 billion over budget in staging the 2014 Sochi Olympics. It’s the most expensive venue by far— beating the 2008 Beijing Olympics by nearly $10 billion.A significant portion of that cost came from the construction of nearly a dozen new venues. Sochi was a resort town before it won the right to host the games. Two massive groups of venues had to be constructed essentially from scratch, at a high cost. Some of the venues (the mountain ones especially) are spectacular. Others are a little bland. 97% of the Buildings are completed the other 3% leave a lot to be desired. So Far it appears only the Journalists’ accomodations are the subject of some horrible news out of Sochi

The Olympic venues are divided into two areas — the “coastal cluster” and the “mountain cluster.”

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The Olympic venues are divided into two areas — the "coastal cluster" and the "mountain cluster."

Let’s start in the mountain cluster, which sits in the Caucasus Mountains.

Let's start in the mountain cluster, which sits in the Caucasus Mountains.

The biathlon and alpine skiing center in Krasnaya Polyana.

The biathlon and alpine skiing center in Krasnaya Polyana.

It’s the hub of the outdoor mountain sports.

It's the hub of the outdoor mountain sports.

The stands at the biathlon center.

The stands at the biathlon center.

The RusSki Gorki Jumping Center, which will host the ski-jumping events.

The RusSki Gorki Jumping Center, which will host the ski-jumping events.

The jump from below.

The jump from below.
A nice touch.

There’s nothing around there.

The Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, which hosts the skiing events.

The Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, which hosts the skiing events.

The lift at Rosa Khutor.

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It doesn’t get cold by the coast, but the mountains have unpredictable weather.

Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at night, from a distance.

The aerials course at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.

The aerials course at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.

The half-pipe — which will host bobsled and skiing events — at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.

The half-pipe — which will host bobsled and skiing events — at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.

The Olympic Village at the mountain cluster.

The Olympic Village at the mountain cluster.

The recently constructed base, with hotels and resorts, at the mountain cluster.

The recently constructed base, with hotels and resorts, at the mountain cluster.

The Sanki Sliding Center, which will host bobsled, skeleton, and luge.

The Sanki Sliding Center, which will host bobsled, skeleton, and luge.
A luge athlete slides down the track.

The start house.

The start house.

The inside of the track.

The inside of the track.

The coastal cluster sits on the Black Sea. The arenas are right next to each other.

The coastal cluster sits on the Black Sea. The arenas are right next to each other.

It’s also home to the Olympic Park, Main Olympic Village, and media center.

It's also home to the Olympic Park, Main Olympic Village, and media center.

The Olympic Village.

The Olympic Village.

Fisht Olympic Stadium will host the opening and closing ceremonies.

Fisht Olympic Stadium will host the opening and closing ceremonies.

The stadium has yet to open. The Opening Ceremony will be its first test.

The stadium has yet to open. The Opening Ceremony will be its first test.

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The roof is translucent, and it will be converted into a soccer stadium after the games.

The roof is translucent, and it will be converted into a soccer stadium after the games.

It’s beautiful at night.

It's beautiful at night.

Not so much during the day.

Not so much during the day.

The Bolshoy Ice Dome is the most striking arena.

The Bolshoy Ice Dome is the most striking arena.

It will host the ice hockey finals — the main event of the entire Olympics.

It will host the ice hockey finals — the main event of the entire Olympics.

During the day.

During the day.

The view from across the Olympic Park.

The view from across the Olympic Park.

Its roof iscoated with thousands of lights.

Its roof is coated with thousands of lights.

Hardly the view you’d expect at a Winter Olympics.

Hardly the view you'd expect at a Winter Olympics.

Iceberg Skating Palace will host the figure skating and short-track speed skating events.

Iceberg Skating Palace will host the figure skating and short-track speed skating events.

It has a more radical design than the other arenas.

It has a more radical design than the other arenas.

It’s a moveable arena, meaning it can be dismantled and reconstructed somewhere else after the Olympics.

It's a moveable arena, meaning it can be dismantled and reconstructed somewhere else after the Olympics.

The interior.

The interior.

Adler Arena, an understated venue that will host long-track speed skating.

Adler Arena, an understated venue that will host long-track speed skating.

Shayba Arena is the secondary hockey arena.

Shayba Arena is the secondary hockey arena.

At 7,000 seats, it’ll be an intimate environment for hockey.

At 7,000 seats, it'll be an intimate environment for hockey.

The media center.

The media center.

Inside the media center

Inside the media center

The center of the Olympic Park, which will be heavily guarded.

The center of the Olympic Park, which will be heavily guarded.

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