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Putin pushes Sochi 2014 bid with IOCEdit

October 9, 2006, Russian President Vladimir Putin pushed for Sochi to host the 2014 Winter Olympics during a meeting with Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee.

"We are grateful to your country for nominating Sochi as a candidate," Rogge was quoted by the Interfax news agency.

The Winter Games have never been held in Russia, and Putin's government is putting its full support behind Sochi. The resort town, between the Black Sea and mountains, is one of three finalists along with Salzburg, Austria, and Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The IOC panel will visit Sochi on Feb. 20-23, 2007. The panel will vote on the host city in Guatemala City in July 2007.

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IOC impressed by early preparations for Games in SochiEdit

04/22/08 SOCHI, Russia (AP) -- Getting Sochi ready for the 2014 Winter Games is a huge challenge because the Russian resort must build virtually all facilities from scratch, the head of the IOC's coordination panel said Tuesday.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/more/04/22/ioc.sochi.ap/index.html

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