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AP PHOTOS: A glimpse at Sochi ahead of the games

Updated Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 | 12:17 p.m.

A Japanese speedskater takes to the ice for a test race. Russian soldiers stand at attention during a welcome ceremony for the Olympic teams of Italy and the Netherlands. Volunteers sunbathe next to the cross country ski and biathlon track.

Here's a look at preparations by athletes and organizers ahead of the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

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