AP PHOTOS: A glimpse at Sochi ahead of the games

AP PHOTOS: A glimpse at Sochi ahead of the games
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Narumi Takahashi and Ryuichi Kihara of Japan practice at the figure skating practice rink ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

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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