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It's so 'cold' in Sochi that...


SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 13: A shirtless fan watches the Women's 10 km Classic during day six of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 13, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)


Lars Baron

Winter, what winter?

While the eastern United States got pummeled by snow and rain deluged an already flooded Britain, the sun shone bright in the Russian resort town of Sochi.

Cameramen went shirtless, while tourists sunbathed and took dips in the ocean at the suddenly not-so-Winter Olympics this week.

Temperatures rose to just under 60 degrees on Wednesday.

That was warmer than Los Angeles, Sydney and many other Olympic host cities, prompting some to start calling Sochi the "Warmer Olympics."

Sochi has about 25 million cubic feet of snow stored away for the games, but Dmitry Chernyshenko, head of the local organizing committee, said there was no need for it yet.

On the warmer weather, he said, "It's not a big surprise for us. We're a subtropical city."

This is how "cold" it's been in Sochi this week:


Visitors were sunbathing...on the beach

(Pascal Le Segretain AFP/Getty Images)


And under (fake) palm trees

(Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images)


And swimming ... IN THE OCEAN

(Pascal Le Segretain AFP/Getty Images)


The camera crews went sleeveless

(Frank Fife AFP/Getty Images)


So did some (admittedly dude-bro looking) fans

(Joe Scarnici AFP/Getty Images)


In fact, some fans didn't wear shirts at all

(Lars Baron AFP/Getty Images)


While others went for scenic bike rides

(Bruce Bennett AFP/Getty Images)


Athletes played soccer in their shorts (notice the snow-capped mountains in the distance)

(Jonathan Nackstrand AFP/Getty Images)


And the volunteers were hot (literally)

(Kirill Kudryavtsev AFP/Getty Images)


Seriously, guys, it's like it's Southern California up in here

(Loic Venance AFP/Getty Images)