The countdown to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics has reached 100 days.
As Russia’s president tries to calm talks over controversy surrounding the Winter Games, U.S. athletes are gearing up for the competition.
The welcome mats are out in Sochi. But is the black sea resort ready to welcome the world?
Thomas Bach, the head of the International Olympic Committee, says yes.
"I can tell our friends we at the International Olympic Committee are very satisfied with the preparations for the Sochi Games, and we are sure that we will have an excellent Games in Sochi --in Russia," said Bach.
Russia is spending $ 50 billion dollars on the Games, which have already gone over budget and been plagued by delays. In fact, 2014 Winter Games are expected to be the most expensive Olympics in history.
Organizers are rallying thousands of volunteers to help with preparations and cleanup.
With his country's reputation on the line, President Vladimir Putin is leaving nothing to chance.
"We are doing everything, both the organizers and our athletes and fans, so that participants and guests feel comfortable in Sochi, regardless of nationality, race or sexual orientation," Putin said.
Putin's comments are an attempt to calm controversy and criticism that erupted in June when Russia adopted a ban on homosexual propaganda.
Though some have threatened to boycott, athletes representing the United States say it's important to remember the spirit of the Games.
"The Olympics are about the stories of unfortunately defeat sometimes, but also victory and triumph,” said Evan Lysacek, a U.S. figure skater. “Those great stories are what make the Olympic Games so captivating to every citizen of this planet, not just of the United States."
There will be 12 new events at this Olympics, including women's ski jumping and slopestyle snowboarding.
The Opening Ceremony is set for February 7, 2014, with the Closing Ceremony to be held on February 23.
KPRC’s very own Rachel McNeill will be in Sochi covering the Winter Games for Local 2.