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Sochi Day 2: Viewing the beauty of the Mountain Cluster

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The Mountain Cluster in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia - Day Two in Sochi and already the winter head gear is very necessary.

We're in the Mountain Cluster - where the skiing, snowboarding and sliding events will take place, and it's also where the beauty of this place starts to show.

"It's so much bigger than you," said volunteer Zina Bougri.

It is a bustling site of buildings, stores and people. But barely a decade ago, the Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort did not exist.

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"Here, just standing and looking - it's crazy," Bougri said.

It is what it is because of the Olympics. This mountain cluster was built from scratch. It reportedly cost $2 billion, and its final touch came last year - the Olympic Village, just one gondola ride up, where sliders and skiers from all nations reside.

But if it all looks a little too new, a little too polished, just look to the mountains.

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"The Canadian Snowboard Team came up, got out of the gondola and were like, 'What!'" Bougri said. "Are we in Alaska!?"

They give this pristine cluster some much-needed edge. What sparkles most in this brand new spot, is what's been here all along.

"No one sees it coming," Bougri said. "They're like 'We're going to Russia for the Olympics - like what's that going to be like?'"

Now much like with previous Olympic Games, the Mountain Cluster is quite far away from the rest of the action. We had to take a couple of buses - it took about 75 minutes to get here, but once we got here, we enjoyed it quite a bit.

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