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Welcome to Sochi!

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SOCHI, Russia (CNN) - Sochi is fairly unique.

It's a seaside city that's hosting the Winter Olympics.

Here's a tour from CNN of the contrasting nature of Sochi.

Its lucky there's a giant Olympic rings to greet you as you walk out of the door at Sochi airport. You'd be forgiven for thinking you've landed in the wrong place.

Sochi certainly isn't your typical Winter Olympic venue - the sun is blazing down, there's beautiful wide boulevards - not for nothing is it known as the Russian Riviera. And take a look at this beach.

The ski jackets and snow boots are left sitting in the suitcase here in the coastal cluster of Adler - where the figure skating, hockey and curling take place - it's bright sunshine all the way for the next few days.

But look at this! Inland & up in the mountains we have snow and lots of it - that's the magic of the place. We're got temperature well below zero for the next few days.

Athletes are arriving day by day and getting last minute practice done. The downhill course has been described as tricky; whilst changes have been made to the snowboard slopestyle course after Norwegian medal contender Torstein Horgmo crashed and broke his collarbone.

President Putin didn't need his visit this weekend to convince him of Sochi - the area has long been a favorite skiing haunt his. But it's a new and growing resort - now, it's over to the athletes for the real verdict.

Click here to be connected to the Olympic Zone page.
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