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Watch Sochi Transform From a Mid-Size Resort City Into an Olympic Venue in These Time-Lapse Satellite Pics

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The 2014 Winter Olympics begin in Sochi next week and a new compilation of images posted to the Internet reveal the dramatic transformation of the mid-sized resort city into a premiere Olympic venue.

Satellite images snapped by Google and DigitalGlobe show how $50 billion morphed the seaside resort town into a location equipped with an Olympic stadium, village for athletes, arenas and media center, according to Canada.com.

A reported $50 billion has been spent transforming Sochi from a resort town into an Olympic venue. (Image source: Google Images and DigitalGlobe)

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A reported $50 billion has been spent transforming Sochi from a resort town into an Olympic venue. (Image source: Google Images and DigitalGlobe)

September 2007:

A reported $50 billion has been spent transforming Sochi from a resort town into an Olympic venue. (Image source: Google Images and DigitalGlobe)

March 2010:

A reported $50 billion has been spent transforming Sochi from a resort town into an Olympic venue. (Image source: Google Images and DigitalGlobe)

September 2011:

A reported $50 billion has been spent transforming Sochi from a resort town into an Olympic venue. (Image source: Google Images and DigitalGlobe)

March 2013:

A reported $50 billion has been spent transforming Sochi from a resort town into an Olympic venue. (Image source: Google Images and DigitalGlobe)

November 2013:

A reported $50 billion has been spent transforming Sochi from a resort town into an Olympic venue. (Image source: Google Images and DigitalGlobe)

January 2014:

A reported $50 billion has been spent transforming Sochi from a resort town into an Olympic venue. (Image source: Google Images and DigitalGlobe)

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