The Winter Olympics in Russia are only a month away. Guess what? An Olympic record has already been broken. Unfortunately, it has nothing to do with athletics. Nope, this statistic involves spending. Russian officials recently confirmed that the Sochi Games have become the most expensive games ever. Estimates for the total price tag run around $50 billion. That bests the previous record of the 2008 Beijing games by $10 billion!
Why so expensive? It's because Putin had to start from scratch. Five years ago, Sochi was hardly a world-class resort. In reality, it was a couple of chair lifts and a run down skating rink. In short, Putin had to build a resort-themed city as big as Aspen, Colorado in a couple short years. First up was the Sochi Olympic Park. This Disneyland-sized park stretches from the Black Sea Coast to the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains. It houses the main 40,000 seat stadium, an Ice-Dome, three other arenas and a 3,000 seat Curling Center.
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