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Russia’s Winter Olympics to Break Records - for Spendingi
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April 02, 2013 6:20 PM
In 2007, when Sochi won the right to hold the 2014 Winter Olympics, people wondered if Russia's only subtropical city would build skating rinks and ski areas from scratch for the premiere sporting events. The city set out to prove that even in the south, they could have a Winter Olympics. But there is a price to pay. As VOA’s James Brooke reports, at $51 billion the Sochi Olympics will be the most expensive in the history of the Games.

Russia’s Winter Olympics to Break Records - for Spending

Published April 02, 2013

In 2007, when Sochi won the right to hold the 2014 Winter Olympics, people wondered if Russia's only subtropical city would build skating rinks and ski areas from scratch for the premiere sporting events. The city set out to prove that even in the south, they could have a Winter Olympics. But there is a price to pay. As VOA’s James Brooke reports, at $51 billion the Sochi Olympics will be the most expensive in the history of the Games.


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