In a quest to win international prestige, Russia has bulldozed homes to make room for what it says will be the biggest winter Olympics ever. They've even been reserving extra snow in underground storage facilities in case Mother Nature doesn't cooperate.
The 2014 Sochi Games will see the addition of 12 new sports, from team figure skating to half pipe freestyle skiing, bringing the total to 98 medal events in 15 sports. Two sports - men's and women's ski cross - were added in the 2010 Games.
The other new events are mixed relay biathlon, men and women's slopestyle freestyle skiing, team relay luge, women's ski jumping, men and women's slopestyle snowboarding, and men and women's parallel slalom snowboarding.