Participants in a flashmob

Participants in a flashmob marking the start of the 500-day countdown to the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Participants in a flashmob marking the start of the 500-day countdown to the 2014 Winter Olympics show T-shirts with a sign reading "500 days till the Games" during celebrations in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Russia celebrated the 500-day countdown to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi on Tuesday with a series of nationwide events and the launch of a new slogan - "Hot. Cool. Yours." This will be the first time Russia hosts the Winter Olympics. Source: AP

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