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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.

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.

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.