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Here's 2005 vs late 2013 (I hope it can be enlarged to its original size!)

Okay, another tip Tony. If you're commenting on pics, no need to hit the quote button and repost all those pics again - especially if it's a long series of hi-res pics. Some people have older tech or

Well, depends. The apline skiers seemed okay with the test event two years ago (some grumbling about the downhill course, but a lot of it was with the setup rather than the hill, and that's out of the

Those are astonishing venues indeed. And I didn't know that their construction is all that far-advanced. Only the Olympic Village and the Olympic Stadium still seem to need a lot of work. I was especially surprised to see the biathlon and cross-country slopes and venue having been used already last winter. The official website of the Sochi Games says they wouldn't be finished before June 2013. And by the way, the venue plans on the website are amazing, too:

http://www.sochi2014.com/en/games/places/objects/mountain/ski/

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Since I wrote a post slagging off the new slogan in one of the other Sochi threads, I'd like to get back into Sochi fans' good-books and say how great I think the venues are looking! It seems Sochi has taken the best of Beijing (awe-inspiring new architecture at every turn) and the best of London (the integration of the venues within the Park) and fused the two. I'm properly impressed by this so far, so keep up the good work,

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I must say, there is an unsustainable, materialistic side of me that is just loving all this construction in preparation for Sochi 2014. With the sensibility of London and 2020 candidates, the venue use of existing venues of Vancouver and Rio, I love how bold Sochi is. The Winter Olympics have never really seen anything like it.

If Vancouver 2010 was the Sydney 2000 of the Winter Olympics - then Sochi 2014 really is the Beijing 2008.

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I am not sure is Fisht behind schedule??

I think there was a delay on the roof because supposedly the Ceremony team wanted to think of new ways to unveil and light the cauldron...of course with the roof in play. So it looks like they will go ahead with the original bi-valve plan and they must've figured out a clever way to light the 2014 cauldron.

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^^ Apparently they wanted to follow Vancouver 2010 model and planned to modify the roof so the stadium would have been completly covered. Guess that they decided to be more original in the end (or realized the horrible acoustics of a domed stadium for a ceremony)

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I must say, there is an unsustainable, materialistic side of me that is just loving all this construction in preparation for Sochi 2014. With the sensibility of London and 2020 candidates, the venue use of existing venues of Vancouver and Rio, I love how bold Sochi is. The Winter Olympics have never really seen anything like it.

If Vancouver 2010 was the Sydney 2000 of the Winter Olympics - then Sochi 2014 really is the Beijing 2008.

The Sochi Games aren't that unsustainable actually. The secondary ice hockey venue (Shayba Arena), the curling venue and the figure skating and shorttrack venue are all movable and could be re-located to other Russian cities. It has to be proven, though, whether this will really happen - and not that it will turn out to be too costly, just like the original idea of shipping the London 2012 basketball arena to Rio.

The primary ice hockey venue (Bolshoy Ice Dome) will be turned into a sports, concert and entertainment centre while the speed skating arena will be turned into a market hall. So of all the venues directly in Sochi, only the Olympic Stadium will mainly stay a sports venue - and it's going to be a venue at the 2018 World Cup.

Most of the mountain venues in Krasnaya Polyana will become a national training centre, such as the ski jumping hills, the luge/bobsled/skeleton track and the cross-country/biathlon venue.

So they really thought about it and didn't choose the Beijing "Well, we'll somehow manage to use the venues after the Games -- in any case, we can use them as tourist attractions" approach. So in fact, they actually chose the best of two worlds: Beijing's pomp in terms of venue construction and London's ideas about how to make the Games sustainable.

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It's good to hear there's some legacy planning, but I have to agree that this appears to be the Winter version of Beijing with all the glittering new construction. It is impressive. Stunning.

I hope they don't mess it up with their Look. That polo shirt Baron posted in the other thread is horrific and makes me worry about what they have in mind.....

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While not a sporting venue, does anyone have pictures of the volunteer housing being constructed. Looked all over the Web but to no avail.

Great pictures of the venues btw.

I don't know anything about volunteer housing and didn't find anything about it at least in their main sites !

if I find I will post it here for sure !

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Maybe there isn't. I never heard of a Games "providing volunteer" housing. You go find that yourself if you volunteer.

Sochi will actually be the first to house all volunteers. Other Olympics have put up some volunteers, but it's usually just a limited number and often just certain categories (i.e. sport technical officials and other specialists - these are outside the international governing body assigned officials). I know because I was a volunteer technical official at Vancouver 2010 and was put up in a hotel along with some other technical sport people. This occurred in both Whistler and Vancouver. Not all technical officials were put up as I knew many that had to fend for themselves.

One of the reasons I allowed my name to be put forward for Sochi was because they'll supply the housing, and from what I understand daily meals (not just during your shift). Not sure if I'll be selected as I don't know any Russian, but as a technical official, it isn't a requirement. Biggest issue will be the flight costs for the test event and then again for the actual Olympics.

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Sochi will actually be the first to house all volunteers. Other Olympics have put up some volunteers, but it's usually just a limited number and often just certain categories (i.e. sport technical officials and other specialists - these are outside the international governing body assigned officials). I know because I was a volunteer technical official at Vancouver 2010 and was put up in a hotel along with some other technical sport people. This occurred in both Whistler and Vancouver. Not all technical officials were put up as I knew many that had to fend for themselves.

One of the reasons I allowed my name to be put forward for Sochi was because they'll supply the housing, and from what I understand daily meals (not just during your shift). Not sure if I'll be selected as I don't know any Russian, but as a technical official, it isn't a requirement. Biggest issue will be the flight costs for the test event and then again for the actual Olympics.

Thanks for clearing that up. So, welcome to the boards, and...one learns something new everyday even though it's probably a small thing. Thousands of hotel rooms seem to be being built for 2014. I hope you get picked and I hope you get decent housing from the hosts.

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