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Sochi is not 'traditional' Russia

Updated: February 8, 2013, 2:48 PM ET
By Jim Caple

SOCHI, Russia -- We're exactly one year from the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics, and I confidently make this prediction: Sochi will absolutely destroy the record for most palm trees in a Winter Olympics host city. For that matter, it could make a run for most palm trees for any host city, winter or summer.

When Americans think of Russia in winter, images spring to mind of Dr. Zhivago driving a reindeer sled across vast fields of snow, fur-hatted soldiers in ...

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