Nine years Preparation of Sochi 2014 just in six seconds


These DigitalGlobe satellite images provided to TIME—snapped between April 2005 and January 2014—show what happens when $50 billion is suddenly invested to transform into an Olympic host city.

6,000 athletes from 88 countries will seek glory in the 10 Olympic venues raised out of nowhere to the occasion.
The competition is on track to become the most expensive—and warmest-ever Winter games—in history.

Russian President Vladimir Putin promised a safe Olympics after the bombings, but even with the Closing Ceremony on Feb. 23, the impact of the transformation is likely what will worry residents the most.

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