Winter Olympics, Sochi, Russia, Feb. 7-23

The last Winter Games, in Vancouver, Canada, saw 80-degree daytime temps downtown. In Sochi, you can bet on mild weather as well. Though the Caucasus Mountains are the backdrop, average winter highs at sea level are in the 50s. Safeguards include stored snow as well as plentiful snow-making equipment. If you're going, you probably have plans well in motion. For background, catch The Times' collection of Sochi coverage at http://www.lat.ms/1erTSG8. Pictured: The curvaceous Bolshoy Ice Dome, which will host hockey events.
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