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6/11
Where palm trees meet snow
Sochi's proximity to both the Black Sea and Caucasus Mountains make for striking and unusual images, like this one.
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7/11
Factory of tennis champions
Sochi was home to tennis star and 2012 Olympic silver medalist Maria Sharapova before relocating to the United States at the age of seven. 2000 Olympic tennis gold medalist Yevgeny Kafelnikov also called Sochi home as a child.
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8/11
Russia's place to get away
The biggest and most popular resort town in Russia, Sochi draws over four million tourists annually.
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9/11
Sochi's subtropical climate
Sochi boasts Russia's only subtropical climate -- the northernmost subtropical climate on the planet -- with conditions similar to those of the southeastern United States.
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10/11
Step out of the ice rink, onto the beach
Located on the eastern coast of the Black Sea, Sochi boasts pristine beaches, adjacent to the "Fisht" Olympic stadium and ice sports venues.
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