Sochi 2014 - Winter Olympics
Photograph by: screengrab, Sochi 2014 promotional video
SOCHI, RUSSIA — When Vladimir Putin and backers of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games went to Guatemala City in 2007 to persuade the International Olympic Committee to give them the Olympics, they built a temporary ice arena at a restaurant near the conference hall and flew in members of the Russian Ice Ballet.
Their message was simple: If they could bring ice ballet to Central America, they could certainly transform semi-tropical Sochi — a lush semi-tropical seaside resort known as Russia's Riviera — into a winter wonderland.
It would require the construction of an entire ...