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International Olympic Committee assessors were concerned about the huge amount of construction needed -- including all ice-sport venues, two athletes' villages and a light-rail system connecting the seaside ice venues with the snow-sport facilities some 30 miles away in the rugged Caucasus Mountains.
Putin's appearance at the Olympic committee meeting that chose the winning bid -- in which he gave an address in English for the first time -- was seen as key to the bid's success. He was Russian president at that time.
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