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IOC president Thomas Bach expecting successful Sochi Olympics

Feb 3, 2014, 10:02 AM EST

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International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has seen the first Olympics he’ll preside over attract various degrees of controversy in recent months.

But the former gold-medal winning fencer appears to be staying on an even keel as the countdown to Sochi draws closer to zero.

Today, Bach made his first formal appearance in Sochi. NBCOlympics.com’s Alan Abrahamson was there as Bach calmly answered the expected questions about Russia’s anti-gay legislation, the Games’ security, and their cost, which has risen to a eyebrow-raising sum of more than $50 billion.

Even with all of these elements in play, Bach is confident that Sochi will put on a great show, hosting in his words “Games with excellent conditions for the athletes” that herald “the transformation of a city, of a whole region.”

To the German, “the Olympic stage is set.”

For more on Bach meeting the press, check out Abrahamson’s report in the link above.

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