Sochi transformed – The sun rises over Sochi's Olympic Park on January 10, 2014. The 2014 Winter Olympics will run February 7 - 23 in Sochi, Russia. Six thousand athletes from 85 countries are scheduled to attend the 22nd Winter Olympics. Here's a look at the estimated $50 billion transformation of Sochi for the Games.
Sochi transformed – Soaring snowcapped peaks, some topping 10,000 feet, tower over the Black Sea resort city of Sochi on January 22, 2007. These are Russia's first Olympic Games, although the former Soviet Union hosted the 1980 Summer Olympic Games in Moscow.
Sochi transformed – The city of Sochi, which is also a fishing town, was among three finalists bidding for the Olympics. Salzburg, Austria, and Pyeongchang, South Korea, also competed.
Sochi transformed – In the Imeretinskay Valley, a woman plays with a dog in February 2007, near an advertisement for the Olympic Park soon to be built in the area. Organizers of the Sochi Olympics say they want these Games to be the greenest, most environmentally aware games ever staged.
Sochi transformed – Construction vehicles travel along the Imeretinskaya Valley, the site of Olympic facilities for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, in April 2009.
Ice events will be held in a "cluster" near the Black Sea in the Imeretinskaya Valley. The second "cluster" will be for skiing and sliding events and will be held in the Krasnaya Polyana Mountains.
Sochi transformed – People work on their vegetable gardens near the construction site of the Olympic facilities in the Imeretinskaya Valley in April 2009.
Sochi transformed – This September 2010 photo shows ski facilities under construction in Krasnaya Polyana near Sochi.
Sochi transformed – The Grand Ice Palace, intended for ice hockey, is under construction here in October 2010.
Sochi transformed – A construction worker walks on the top of the building site of the Bolshoi Ice Palace in Sochi in June 2010.
Sochi transformed – Pictured here from the Krasnaya Polyana ski resort is the combined motor and rail road that runs between Olympic sites.
Sochi transformed – Central stadium is under construction in Sochi's Olympic Park in December 2011.
Sochi transformed – Sochi's new Adler Arena for speed skating is pictured in November 2012.