• Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach meet at the Bocharov Ruchei residence at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. Making his first trip to Sochi since being elected head of the IOC last month, Bach met Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin to inspect the host city. Bach told Putin he was deeply impressed with the amount of work Russia has done for the Feb. 7-23 games.

    President Vladimir Putin promised Monday that gay athletes and guests at the Winter Olympics in Sochi will feel at ease.

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 29, 2013, 10:40 AM EDT
  • International Olympic Committee member, French Jean-Claude Killy (L and on screen) delivers a speech during the International Olympic Committe's 125th Session, in Buenos Aires, on September 8, 2013.

    With the opening ceremony just over four months away, IOC inspectors are making their final visit to Sochi to check on preparations for the Winter Olympics.

    LAST UPDATE : Sep 25, 2013, 11:10 AM EDT