Sochi, one of the oldest Russian port cities dating back to the Byzantine Era, has been chosen as the site of the 2014 Winter Olympic games. Sochi is a richly diverse cultural center with more than one hundred nationalities making up its 400,000 population.
Its unusual geography between sea and mountains also adds to its charm and appeal. It is hoped that the Olympic games will be a success in Sochi and boost the economy as well as add to the history and appeal of this old port city.
Sochi, nestled in the landscape of Southern Russia, will serve as the home for the 2014 Winter Olympic games. Located on the coast of the Black Sea and at the foot of the Caucasus Mountains, Sochi is hoping that being host to the Winter Olympics will bring about many opportunities to the area and to the Russian people and economy, as well as earning them a place in Olympic history and fame.
The Russian government has already began a program to revitalize the area of Sochi and surrounding areas, and the games being there would offer an economic boost of no other kind. In addition to opening up economic opportunities, it is hopeful that the area will become sought after for winter sports and recreation in association with the winter games long after the Olympics have come, been celebrated, and passed. A resort and tourist boom is hoped for that might be sustained out of Olympic ties in addition to any economic growth and prosperity of other types that may wish to settle in the area. Russia has never before hosted an Olympic games, so this will be the first ever opportunity for the nation. They are excited to showcase their talents and spirit in addition to hope for change and growth.
Sochi is the major sea port city on the Black Sea for Russia, and is rich with many nationalities. There are more than 400,000 inhabitants in this large city which is one of the earliest cities in Russia. Due to its unique geographical location at the edge of the sea and at the foot of the mountains, it is possible for those who live or visit there to experience beautiful beaches and coastal weather, then go a short distance and enjoy the beauty of the mountains. This unusual geography might have been part of the draw that led settlers to stay there centuries ago and turn Sochi into one of Russia’s largest port cities. Today it remains a large port city but also a cultural focus and an art center within the country as well as a haven for skiers and those who like to boat and enjoy the sea.
Sochi’s history dates back to the Byzantine Era, but the city was not formally named until 1896. Sochi was the name that had been given to the people who lived in the city, and the name was then adopted on this date as the city name. Sochi has long been a source of relaxation for travelers, and in 1909 was considered to be an official tourist destination spot.
In the middle part of the century it became the main tourist destination for Russians in summer. And the mountains make for the perfect place to be during the winter and have become increasingly popular. All of this mixed together created for the climate that has been considered optimum for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.