Flashback Friday: Relive the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics



The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi marked the first games in Russia since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. The Soviet Union was the host nation for the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

As The Guardian put it, "the Sochi games were meant to be the culmination of Vladimir Putin's 14 years in charge of Russia; a sign that the country was able to host major world events, and the chance to create a world-class winter resort hub.

In the end, the games were overshadowed by subsequent events in Ukraine, and Sochi itself was given a major makeover, but the alleged huge corruption involved in the construction and the "white elephant" nature of many of the stadia has left locals wondering if it was worth it. That the games themselves went off more or less successfully was beyond dispute."

Relive all the action in the gallery above. And guess what? The man who organized last year's Winter Olympics in Sochi is pushing for the Russian city to host the 2024 Summer Games, according to the Associated Press.

The report says Dmitry Chernyshenko wants Sochi to follow the example of Beijing, which will be the first city to host a summer and winter games after it won the right to hold the 2022 Winter Olympics on Friday.

Beijing Awarded 2022 Olympic Winter Games
Beijing Awarded 2022 Olympic Winter Games