Tuesday Feb. 4, 2014 12:51

A behind-the-scenes look at Sochi

Olympic Daytime host Scott Russell takes a close look at the mysterious and captivating Olympic host city. 

  • The Castle at the Heart of Wonderland
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    This majestic palace looks remarkably like Tinkerbell’s castle. Once it’s lit up in the evening it becomes a beacon in the centre of this wonderland. 

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  • On the Trail
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    The concerns that there will be a lack of snow are -- so far -- misguided, because the tracks and ski runs are flush with the white stuff.

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  • Getting Ready for Sochi
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    Here we are, recording on-camera segments for the opening of our Olympic coverage.

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  • Eye-Catching Sights
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    The Nordic and alpine venues are picturesque -- even breathtaking. 

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  • Going for a Run
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    At noon, we were filming segments while cross-country athletes powered their way through the forested, snowy trails. An hour later I was running along the Black Sea coast in my shorts. 

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  • Sharp Contrast
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    Fifty-two billion dollars and who knows what other sorcery have made all this magic happen in the south of Russia, where the climate is akin to the south of France. 

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  • Picturesque Views
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    First impressions of this Olympic host city amount to amazement

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  • The Action is About to Begin
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    The venues are waiting to welcome the athletes. 

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  • The Castle at the Heart of Wonderland
  • On the Trail
  • Getting Ready for Sochi
  • Eye-Catching Sights
  • Going for a Run
  • Sharp Contrast
  • Picturesque Views
  • The Action is About to Begin

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