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Changes in Sochi

Kathryn Zoller, Corinne Burger, Qin Juan, & Becca Hurst

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  1. While the Olympics will bring many changes to the city, one aspect that will be familiar for the locals is the tight bond with sports and the city of Sochi.  Known as being a tennis city, many star players began their carers in Sochi.  Grand Slam Champions Maria Sharapova and Yevgeny Kafelnikov both began playing at a local tennis school.  Many Sochi natives have also become widely known in the sports of boxing, bobsled, and ballroom dancing.
  2. Photo by Sochi Sports
    Photo by Sochi Sports
  3. Tennis courts are common in Sochi and adults as well as children can be seen playing together daily.
  4. In addition to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, Sochi will be the host to many more national and worldwide sporting events in the future.  In the month following the Olympics, they will host the XI Paralympics Winter Games.  They will also use the Olympic facilities for the Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix from 2014 until at least 2020.  In addition Sochi will be one of the host cities for the 2018 World Cup.
  5. Photo by Sochi Sports
    Photo by Sochi Sports
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    Photo by Sochi Sports
  7. Sochi has been a transforming city for the past four years and will continue to dramatically develop until 2014.  Their plans for the city and the Olympic venues are wide scale and advanced, although workers are reported to be ahead of all deadlines.  By 2014 the region will have 100 km of new railway lines and 75 km of new highways.  They are building 19 overpasses, 20 tunnels and a seaport with a capacity for 10 ships and 300 yachts.  In addition the city is constructing a new waste processing plant and a new goods terminal and port station.
  8. Photo by Sochi Sports
    Photo by Sochi Sports
  9. Like most Olympic host cities, Sochi proudly celebrated the 1,000-day mark to the start of the games.  While the main celebration was in Sochi, cities all across Russia partook in various events to signify Russia's joy and pride for 2014.
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    Photo by Sochi Sports
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  13. A unique aspect of these Olympic games is the local involvement and morale boosting events being held prior to the official start.  Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad is a project special to Sochi and created by their Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee.  Each year prior to the games, starting in 2010, the cultural Olympiad will be dedicated to an aspect of the arts.  Thousands of events will be held across Russia celebrating Cinema in 2010, Theatre in 2011, Music in 2012, and Museums in 2013.  The best of each will be presented during the 2014 games in February and March. The Cultural Olympiad is yet another way Sochi is making the Olympics a cooperative event for the locals.
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    Photo by Sochi Sports
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