A view of the Bolshoi Ice Palace construction site at the Olympic Park in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, on December 16, 2011. The Olympic Park will be able to accommodate about 75,000 visitors when full, and all the ice arenas will be within walking distance of one other. Sochi will host the 2014 Winter Olympics that start on February 7, 2014. (Mikhail Mordasov/AFP/Getty Images)

There is slightly more than a year left before the Opening Ceremonies take place on February 7, 2014 for the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. The city nestled on the coast of the Black Sea has been diligently preparingsince it won its bid to host the games in 2007. Crews are working non-stop to improve transportation, create an infrastructure for the Games, and build hotels to accomodate all the visitors that will attend the Winter Games.

An aerial view of the construction area of the Olympic Park in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, on May 18, 2012. (Mikhail Mordasov/AFP/Getty Images)

Dmitry Feld, Marketing Manager for the World Financial Group-sponsored USA Lugecommented on the city’s construction progress.  “It’s been unbelievable,” Feld told TeamUSA.org. “Last time I was there in March, I was taking pictures and everything was just … there were 45 cranes moving around and it looked like Mars or the moon. And now I came, it was like, holy guacamole! They’re working 24/7. They don’t stop. They were working right next to our hotel, moving earth, and every day I looked at it, it was like they moved another half of the earth.”

 

The uphill curve 13-14 section of the Krasnaya Polyana luge track

The 2014 Winter Games are set to take place from Feb. 7-23, 2014, with approximately 2,800 athletes competing in various sports including skating, skiing, luge, ice hockey, curling, and bobsleigh.”

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