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As the world waits for the Winter Olympic Games to kick off in the Russian beach resort town of Sochi later this week, here are the some amazing facts about the Games.
To begin with this is the most expensive game ever, according to a report in financesonline.com
Sochi is a subtropical resort town known as the Russian Rivirea where temperatures rarely drop below 12 degree C in winters.
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Despite the fact that the games was plagued by controversy from the start, sports enthusiasts the world over remain steadfast in their faith. And the tales of tales of triumph, pride and glory will be talked about and remembered for a long time, writes Alex Hillsberg.
The Sochi Olympic torch will be carried by 14,000 bearers on foot, bus, plane and many other forms of transportation over 65,000 kilometers for 123 days across 2,900 cities and villages.
With 11 new venues and a price tag of $51 billion, the Sochi Games enters the record books as the most expensive games ever.
The Sochi gold metal comprises 516 grams silver and 6 grams gold. This apart Russia has promised to offer $122,000 to each its gold medal winners.
There are 12 new events that will debut this year at the event. The most interesting of the new lot in women’s ski jumping.
All eyes will once again be trained on Bjorn Daehlie – the cross-country skier from Norway - who reigns with the most medals – 8 golds and 4 silvers.
Eddie Eagen, the American athlete is the only person to in Olympic history to win gold at both a Summer and Winter Games.
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