Palm trees and snow: Sochi shows off for Olympics

Palm trees and snow: Sochi shows off for Olympics

Palm trees and snow: Sochi shows off for Olympics

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by DAVE WAGNER / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on February 7, 2014 at 6:47 PM

SOCHI, Russia -- After years of building, $50 billion in spending and an avalanche in security, Sochi has come alive.

Thousands decided to defy the threat of terrorism in a unified effort to celebrate competition.

“There’s something special in those five rings. I grew up watching the Olympics,” Carolina Hurricane Tuomo Ruuto, who’s playing for Finland, tells NBC Charlotte.

Athletes and spectators alike flocked to Russia for the 2014 games.

In a city lined with palm trees and beaches, and snowy mountains in the backdrop, Sochi will be the hottest cold place on the planet over the next two weeks.

North Carolinians Don and Sally Miles made the journey for an experience they’ll never forget. They say it’s a chance to see their beloved Hurricanes play on the biggest stage of all.

With buildings named Iceberg, Ice Cube and the Bolshoy Ice Dome, there’s no doubt it’ll be a cool Olympics in the northern most subtropical climate in the world. It’ll be two weeks of the hottest show on earth.
 

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