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Scenes from Sochi: 100 days before the 2014 Winter Olympics

Take a glimpse at the latest preparations underway in Sochi, Russia.

With 100 days to go until the February start of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, NBC News producers offer a fresh look at Sochi's landscape, and the preparations underway. Pictured here: the Bolshoy Ice Dome at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Park.

Olympic Rings welcome visitors arriving at Sochi International Airport.

There are two clusters of athletic venues at the Sochi Olympics: mountain and coastal, and each of these two areas will have an Olympic Village. Pictured here, the Olympic Village in the mountains.

In the mountain cluster, the Alpine Center is where several skiing events will take place. There's no snow yet, but the leaves are changing.

Inside the Bolshoy Ice Dome the ice is ready for hockey players. This year the NHL announced it would take a break in February to send its players to Sochi for a tournament running from Feb. 12 – 23.

The oval-shaped Adler Arena for speed skating includes a ceiling that reduces heat emissions to ensure the ice surface remains cool.

Palm trees, seen here prior to being installed in front of the Iceberg Skating Palace.

Outside the Iceberg Skating Palace, the 2014 Olympic venue for figure skating and short-track speed skating. The Bolshoy Ice Dome can be seen in the background.

The Sanki Olympic Sliding Center was built at the Alpika Service Mountain Ski Resort.

Construction is ongoing at the “Fisht” Olympic Stadium, which can hold 40,000 people and will be used for the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the medal ceremonies.

A portion of Extreme Park, which will host snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and freestyle competitions.

The Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort will host all Alpine skiing: downhill, combined, giant slalom and super giant slalom.

Joseph Stalin's dacha, or, country house, in Sochi. It is privately owned and used for conferences and as a hotel.

Inside Joseph Stalin's dacha.

A wax figure of Stalin, pictured with memorabilia.

Shops and restaurants along the seaside in Sochi.

Sochi’s St. Vladimir Church.