The winter Olympics kick off this week in the Russian resort city of Sochi. The quadrennial event always gets attention, but it's getting a lot more than usual this time around. This two-minute video explains what you need to know about Sochi's peculiar history, how they're making the Olympics work and why a lot of people are so worried about security.

The Russian host city for the 2014 Winter Olympics has palm trees? The Post's Max Fisher explains everything you need to know about the Olympic city. (Kate M. Tobey and Gillian Brockell/The Washington Post)

All credit to Kate Tobey and Gillian Brockell of PostTV for putting this together.