Crazy Canuck Steve Podborski reacts after his first bobsleigh ride in Calgary, Alberta, February 10, 2012. Podborski will be Chef de Mission of the Canadian Olympic Team for Sochi 2014. (REUTERS/Todd Korol)
Thursday marked the six-year anniversary of the day Sochi, Russia was selected as the site of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
Many thought the Black Sea resort city to be a strange choice at the time, given its lack of infrastructure, sporting venues and winter climate.
It's amazing what $51 billion will do to allay those concerns.
"I think it's going to be really impressive ... It's progressing wonderfully," Canadian Olympic Committee CEO Chris Overholt said after returning from a recent visit to the city that will host the winter world in February.
"It was actually my third trip to Sochi since October and it's been amazing to see the progress that they have made, not only with the hotels but with the supporting infrastructure, the train line, the roads that they've been constructing up in to the mountains and certainly the venues. It's just incredible the pace they are keeping right now in all of that."