Sochi is the host city of the XXII Olympic Winter Games of 2014.
Olympic history of Sochi.
Did you know that the Olympic history of Sochi extends over entire millennia? As it happens, the Roman colonies, actively developing on the Black Sea coast at the beginning of our era, regularly sent their athletes to the Olympic Games in Greece, where they even managed to become champions in several disciplines! Yet in spite of the ancient Olympic glory, native peoples inhabiting the territory of the Black Sea coast before the Greco-Roman colonization were primarily involved in trading — in general, they were far removed from sports.
Health resort for all seasons.
Sochi earned praise as a resort city back in 1909, when the health resort "Caucasus Riviera" was built on the Black Sea coast by order of the emperor. This region, with its warm climate and unique nature, was so loved by the first guests that praise for Sochi turned the city into a genuine pilgrimage center. Since the middle of the '30's of the last century, Sochi has possessed a whole assortment of spas, hotels and health resorts, and it became the number one resort city in the Soviet Union. Around that time, winter sport experienced active development, for which Sochi has all of the conditions in its environs. Incidentally, among the local population there is a very popular legend, which states that Joseph Stalin, who greatly loved the Black Sea coast, under penalty of death stopped all efforts to begin the development of mineral resources, which are rich in the earth of Sochi and its environs.