The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia is just around the corner and from the jump, it's already surrounded by controversy.

Allegations of corruption and mismanagement of funds by Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as his negative stance towards the gay community has been a hot button issue that has deterred much of the talk away from the what the Olympics was founded on and flipped it into a political debate.

Despite all the conflict, when the games start much of the focus will turn back onto the athletes who are there to showcase their talents and represent for their respective countries, which is what the Olympics is all about.

That being said, to put you in the Olympic spirit, here's 10 Surprising Facts About Sochi and the Winter Olympics that will make you forget about a political agenda and bring the athletes back into spotlight.

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[Finance Online]

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