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The Sochi Olympics will be by far the most expensive and arguably the most controversial in the history of the games; since the announcement was made by the International Olympic Committee that the 2014 winter Olympics and Paralympics would be going to Sochi, Russia has spent tens of billions of dollars developing the infrastructure necessary to host the games.
In this short paper we look at the costs of the games in more detail and put these costs into a comparative perspective against the costs of previous winter games, specifically Vancouver and Turin. Next we consider the infrastructure that has been built and look at the layout of both the so-called Mountain and Coastal Clusters that host the games’ sporting venues. We also take a focused look at the crucial issue of hotel infrastructure before considering the legacy of the games as a whole.
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07 February 2014