Is this Sochi or South Beach? Russia basks in sun while US gets buried in snow

Another major storm has left a trail of snow more than a foot deep in many parts of the East Coast and Deep South, annoying the heck out of Americans watching the 2014 Winter Olympics. 

Why? Because shirtless spectators in Sochi, Russia, are enjoying temps in the 60s, making conditions downright pleasant, even for athletes dependent on the snow for competition.



Are these the Winter Games or the X-Games?

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A shirtless fan watches the Women's 10 km Classic on Thursday, day six of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
A Russian man after a dip in the Black Sea outside the Olympic Park in Sochi.

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Course workers take off their shirts to enjoy the warm weather as they prepare the landing hill before the men's Nordic combined.
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A shirtless spectator watches Russia's Julia Ivanova compete during the women's 10K classical-style cross-country race.

Meanwhile, the severe snow and ice storm has shut down airports and government offices and given kids yet another day off from school. It also has wreaked havoc among Southerners unaccustomed to harsh winter conditions.



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Outside the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC.
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Bryan Fuller and his son tour an Atlanta neighborhood in their customized golf cart.
Authorities work to help motorists stuck on snow-covered streets in Charlotte, N.C.