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Watch Sochi Become An Olympic Venue In Six Seconds

This GIF shows what happens when $50 billion is spent on a seaside town.

Posted on February 2, 2014, at 1:44 a.m. ET

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Sochi had no facilities when Russia bid for the 2014 games.

It now has a stadium, facilities for the athletes and visitors, an Olympic arena and a media centre.
Phil Noble / Reuters

It now has a stadium, facilities for the athletes and visitors, an Olympic arena and a media centre.

It was made possible by the efforts of at least 70,000 workers, many of whom came from outside Russia.

However, there have been allegations that some were mistreated and abused. Environmentalists have also expressed concern that the area's biologically-rich terrain has been sacrificed for the games.
Kai Pfaffenbach / Reuters

However, there have been allegations that some were mistreated and abused. Environmentalists have also expressed concern that the area's biologically-rich terrain has been sacrificed for the games.

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