Sochi posed plenty of engineering challenges not faced by London or the previous winter host, Vancouver, which suffered serious transport and other infrastructure problems at the start of competition, which were subsequently overcome. Sochi’s Olympic Park used to be a swamp, and roads had to be built to remote locations before facilities could be built. A new railway provides a 30-minute link between the two competition zones, the Coastal Cluster and the Mountain Cluster, and organisers say Sochi will be the most compact Winter Games ever staged.
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