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Why the Hell Are the Olympics Being Held in Sochi, Anyway?

It seems crazy to host the Winter Olympics in a subtropical beach town nestled in a historically war-torn region that's still plagued by an insurgency. But Vladimir Putin has his reasons.<p><i>Photo via</i><p>Hosting the Olympic Games is a pain in the ass and costs a fortune. Most hosts lose money on the deal, …

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Olympic Beer Fridge Only Opens For Canadians

If you're in Sochi right now, better make some Canadian friends. There's a fridge on the scene that only opens for them.<p>And it's full of beer.<p>Here's how it works: Find a Canadian. Make sure he or she has a passport, otherwise find a new Canadian. Scan the passport in the machine and the fridge pops …

Why You, Personally, Need To Be Rooting For Shani Davis In Sochi

The speedskater has a chance to do something no one else has ever done. Again.

Sochi Crews Race to Fix Halfpipe Before White Goes for Gold

SOCHI, Russia — Crews at the snowboard halfpipe battled warm weather and raced to smooth and harden the course on Monday, one day before a marquee event at the Sochi Olympics — American Shaun White’s bid for a third straight gold medal.<p>A morning training run for snowboarders was delayed till …

The 1932 Winter Olympics Looked Way More Fun, Dangerous than Sochi

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Buried deep in the video database of the Internet Archive is footage of one of the first Winter …

Freezing Sochi: how Russia turned a subtropical beach into a Winter Olympics wonderland

Organizers have hustled to transform a hub for beach holidays into a snow-filled athletic venue<p><i>The Olympic Village in Sochi, Russia, on the shores of the Black Sea. ( Wikipedia)</i><p>Sochi is not the most obvious place to host the Winter Olympics.<p>The Russian resort, on the eastern shore of the Black Sea, …

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