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Sochi's finishing touches and eager anticipation

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Team Canada women's ice hockey players (L-R) Shannon Szabados, Natalie Spooner, Hayley Wickenheiser, Meghan Agosta-Marciano and Laura Fortino pose in front of the Olympic rings at Bolshoy Ice Dome ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 3, 2014.

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An Olympic volunteer displays her Sochi 2014 gloves as preparations continue for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 3, 2014. Sochi will host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games from February 7 to 23.

LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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Team Canada women's ice hockey player and Canadian flag bearer Hayley Wickenheiser rides her bicycle with teammates in front of the Bolshoy Ice Dome ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 3, 2014.

MARK BLINCH/REUTERS

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Security personnel patrol the Olympic Park at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games February 3, 2014. Sochi will host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games from February 7 to February 23.

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Jamie Gregg of Canada races during a men's 500 metres speedskating training competition at the Adler Arena in preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, February 3, 2014.

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The Olympic rings are reflected in the sunglasses of a volunteer at the Olympic Park at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games February 3, 2014.

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Patrick Chan of Canada skates during a figure skating training session at the Iceberg Skating Palace in preparation for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 3, 2014.

DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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A volunteer takes a picture on an empty grandstand in the finish area of the Alpine skiing events of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 3, 2014. Sochi will host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games from February 7 to 23.

LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS

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Servicemen alpine snow on a hill at the ski jumping venue during preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

Dmitry Lovetsky/AP

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Workers use blue dye to mark the edge of a jump during a snowboard slopestyle training session for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor February 3, 2014.

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U.S. snowboarder Shaun White takes some air off a jump during slopestyle snowboard training for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor, February 3, 2014.

MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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Blasnik, from Slovenia, takes a break while preparing the normal hill ski jump of the Russki Gorki venue at the Rosa Khutor alpine resort near Sochi, February 3, 2014. Sochi will host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games from February 7 to 23.

MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS

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Norwegian biathlete Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen, left, trains as his coach records him at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

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