International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach answers a question during a news conference at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Bach hails 'amazing' transformation of Sochi

February 23, 2014

SOCHI, Russia (AP) IOC President Thomas Bach says the Sochi Olympics have showcased the ''amazing'' transformation of the city from a fading resort where a few years ago he feared being hit in the head by a falling roof.

In a news conference on the final day of the Olympics, Bach says Sochi has staged excellent games that prove it was a sound decision to award Russia the games seven years ago.

He says ''it's amazing what has happened here,'' adding that Sochi built everything from scratch.

Bach noted that Sochi secured the Olympic after two previous failed bids. He was chairman of an IOC commission that evaluated the first bid.

He says it was an ''old, Stalinist-style sanatorium city where you entered the room and you were looking at the roof so you would not be hit by something falling down. It was terrible.''

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