Origins of the Sochi Olympics

With the 2014 Winter Olympics being held in Sochi rapidly approaching, it seems hard to believe that it was selected all the way back in 2007 during the IOC (International Olympic Committee) Session in Guatemala. During this speech in which President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin argued for Sochi to be chosen, he spoke almost entirely in English, finishing his speech in French. Although he possesses a thick Russian accent, he still speaks fluently and makes a strong case for Sochi, located near the Caucasus Mountains and the Black Sea, and is currently the largest resort city in the Russian Federation.


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