Updated: February 6, 2013 6:53 AM | By The Associated Press, thecanadianpress.com

IOC chief full of praise for 2014 Sochi Games

IOC chief full of praise for 2014 Sochi Games

Russian President Vladimir Putin visits a ski jumping complex in Krasnaya Polyana, near the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. The Games will take place in a coastal cluster where indoor sports such as ice-hockey will be held and in a mountain complex where athletes will compete for medals in skiing and other outdoors disciplines. (AP Photo/Sergei Karpukhin, Pool)

SOCHI, Russia - IOC President Jacques Rogge says he is impressed by preparations for the Sochi Olympics, which open a year from now.

Rogge, who is touring the Olympic venues ahead of the one-year countdown, praised the organizers Wednesday.

Rogge told The Associated Press "I'm impressed with the fact that the site is very compact, it's high quality and is situated in beautiful surroundings."

Russia's first Winter Olympics will take place in a coastal cluster along the Black Sea resort as well as in the surrounding mountain region.

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