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Stunning View of Sochi Arena Captured from Space

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A satellite view shows Sochi's "coastal cluster" - the concentrated area of six arenas along the Black Sea that will be the hub of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. For the past eight years, Russian President Vladimir Putin has transformed the coastal landscape to suit the Winter Games at a cost of about $50 billion, making this the most expensive Olympics yet. The Olympic Park will be able to accommodate about 75,000 visitors when full, and all ice arenas will be within walking distance of one other. The opening ceremony for this year's games will be held on Feb. 7.