Sochi, Russias largest summer resort, located near the border with Georgia, surrounded by the Caucasus mountains. The metropolitan area extends 147 km along the shores of the Black Sea, making it the second longest city in the world!
Many Russian celebrities have their villas in Sochi.
Sochi, on the Black Sea, until recently was a just cluster of sanatoriums, but will be hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Russia spent $50 billion to host the Winter Olympics - by far the most expensive games in the history of Olympic sport - $10 billion more than the cost of the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and more than 3 times more than the budget of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
The ice-rink events will be held in the city of Sochi. The main facilities, Olympic Stadium and press center was built here.
Fiszt Olympic Stadium, site of the opening and closing ceremonies is named from one of Russia's Caucasus Mountains, Fiszt.
Small Ice Palace / Oddball Arena, Sochi 2014 "Oddball" in Russian means hockey puck. The arena resembles a snow whirlwind. The building is to be dismantled and relocated to another Russian city after the Olympics.
Skating Center Arena Adler, Sochi 2014 This is for the speed skating competitions. The walls of the hall are glazed ice, enabling views of the outside.
Iceberg Skating Palace - designed for figure skating and short distance speed skating competitions.