A countdown clock to the 2014 Winter Olympics is seen in Moscow, Russia, Feb. 7, 2013. Russia started a countdown of the 2014 Winter Olympics Thursday with festivities in major cities across the country. The 2014 Winter Olympics is to take place from Feb. 7 to 23, 2014 in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. (Xinhua/Jiang Kehong)
Russia starts Sochi Olympics countdown
MOSCOW, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- Russia started a countdown of the 22nd Winter Olympic Games Thursday with festivities in major cities across the country.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who visited on Wednesday some venues of the Games to inspect the construction process, took part in the countdown timer's launch in Sochi, Kremlin website said. Full story