Putin's Winter Fairy Tale Russia's Big Plans for Sochi 2014

The Winter Games are set to be held in Sochi in 2014, heralding Russia's 21st century coming out. But the path to the celebration isn't an easy one -- the project has been plagued by construction delays, homeowner protests and oligarch investors hit by the economic downturn.
The countdown to Sochi has begun, but it is already clear it will be a thorn in the eye of the IOC for the next five years.

The countdown to Sochi has begun, but it is already clear it will be a thorn in the eye of the IOC for the next five years.

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Then Russian President Vladimir Putin (center) sits together with children from a local sport school as they wait to be lifted up the mountain in Sochi in 2007.

Then Russian President Vladimir Putin (center) sits together with children from a local sport school as they wait to be lifted up the mountain in Sochi in 2007.

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