The Russian Black sea resort beat the South Korean bid of Pyongchang and the Austrian City of Salzburg for the honor.
Downtown Sochi erupted with joy. Its a personal triumph for Russian President Vladimir Putin who lent his support for the bid and was in Guatamala City for the vote.
Now the Black sea resort some 1,500 km south of the capital Moscow needs to get down to work.
With Sochi essentially having to build all 11 venues (four existing venues need extensive reconstruction and the IOC considers them as being rebuilt from scratch) it has chosen to create two main self-contained clusters, one on the Black Sea
and in the mountains.
The Olympic Park, located next to the Olympic village, will contain all ice competitions and training venues, the International Broadcasting Centre and the Main Press Centre, the Olympic Stadium and the Medals Plaza.
The mountain cluster has a separate village, the snow and sliding venues at a maximum drive of 16 minutes from each other.