In this photo taken on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, children shout during the KHL hockey match between Sochi and Atlant teams in the Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi, Russia. The subtropical resort of Sochi, host of the 2014 Winter Games, now boasts a decent hockey team and a steady following of fans who turn the otherwise deserted Olympic park into a noisy busy place it was a year ago. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Many Russians laughed when Sochi was selected to host the 2014 Winter Olympics. Not only was Sochi one of the warmest places in Russia, it also had no history of winter sports.

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