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In Pictures: Athletes getting final prep before Winter Olympics

February 5, 2014

Austria's Nina Reithmayer speeds down the track during an unofficial women's luge progressive training at the Sanki sliding center in Rosa Khutor, a venue for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, near Sochi, on Tuesday. Arnd Wiegmann / Reuters
Austria's Nina Reithmayer speeds down the track during an unofficial women's luge progressive training at the Sanki sliding center in Rosa Khutor, a venue for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, near Sochi, on Tuesday. Arnd Wiegmann / Reuters
A freestyle Skier jumps during a training session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia on Tuesday. Jens Buettner / EPA
A freestyle Skier jumps during a training session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia on Tuesday. Jens Buettner / EPA
The Dutch speed skating team practice during a training session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Adler Arena Skating Center on Tuesday. Robert Cianflone / Getty Images
The Dutch speed skating team practice during a training session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Adler Arena Skating Center on Tuesday. Robert Cianflone / Getty Images
Vanessa James of France, right, practices with her partner Morgan Cipres, left, as their coach Claude Peri-Thevenard watches at the figure skating practice rink in Sochi on Tuesday. Ivan Sekretarev / AP
Vanessa James of France, right, practices with her partner Morgan Cipres, left, as their coach Claude Peri-Thevenard watches at the figure skating practice rink in Sochi on Tuesday. Ivan Sekretarev / AP
Austrian alpine skiers (from left) Georg Streitberger, Klaus Kroell, Max Franz, Joachim Puchner and Romed Baumann pose in the Olympic Rings on Tuesday at the Mountain Olympic Village at the Rosa Khutor Alpine centre. Fabrice Coffrini / AFP
Austrian alpine skiers (from left) Georg Streitberger, Klaus Kroell, Max Franz, Joachim Puchner and Romed Baumann pose in the Olympic Rings on Tuesday at the Mountain Olympic Village at the Rosa Khutor Alpine centre. Fabrice Coffrini / AFP
Olympic cross-country skiers ski during a training session for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games at the Laura cross-country and biathlon centre in Rosa Khutor on Tuesday. Sergei Karpukhin / Reuters
Olympic cross-country skiers ski during a training session for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games at the Laura cross-country and biathlon centre in Rosa Khutor on Tuesday. Sergei Karpukhin / Reuters
A general view of the Olympic cauldron in the Olympic Park on Tuesday. Hannibal Hanshcke / EPA
A general view of the Olympic cauldron in the Olympic Park on Tuesday. Hannibal Hanshcke / EPA
Athletes check the freestyle moguls course during practice for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor on Tuesday. Dylan Martinez / Reuters
Athletes check the freestyle moguls course during practice for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor on Tuesday. Dylan Martinez / Reuters
Members of the Russian team photograph Nina Reithmayer of Austria during a luge training run in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia on Tuesday. Natacha Pisarenko / AP
Members of the Russian team photograph Nina Reithmayer of Austria during a luge training run in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia on Tuesday. Natacha Pisarenko / AP
Fireworks illuminate the sky over the Fisht Olympic Stadium during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics opening ceremony rehearsals on Tuesday. Opening ceremonies are on Friday. Loic Venance / AFP
Fireworks illuminate the sky over the Fisht Olympic Stadium during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics opening ceremony rehearsals on Tuesday. Opening ceremonies are on Friday. Loic Venance / AFP
A worker leads a dog off a jump after it had wandered on the course during snowboard slopestyle training at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor on Tuesday. Lucas Jackson / Reuters
A worker leads a dog off a jump after it had wandered on the course during snowboard slopestyle training at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor on Tuesday. Lucas Jackson / Reuters
Preparation for the curling event on Tuesday. Robert F Bukaty / AP
Preparation for the curling event on Tuesday. Robert F Bukaty / AP

Images of Winter Olympics athletes getting some of their final preparations in Sochi, Russia before Friday’s opening ceremonies.