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Preparing for the Sochi Winter Olympics
Preparing for the Sochi Winter Olympics

The countdown has begun — only 30 days remain until the opening ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Eighty-five countries are expected to bring 5,500 athletes and team members to Russia in early February. They will compete in 98 events spread over seven winter sports. But numbers tell only part of the story. "In Sochi, the athletes will once again discover the magic of the Olympic Games," said Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee. "In turn, the athletes will share this magic with the rest of the world." Over the next month, The Times will offer daily stories on the competitors and issues central to these Games. The series begins...

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