The 2014 Winter Olympics take place in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi from February 7-23.
AFP Sports is about to file the third of a five-part package of advancers looking at the sports and personalities involved as well as the controversies of a showpiece which has cost $50 billion to stage.
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SANKT JOHANN IM PONGAU, Austria
In a brightly lit gym in Austria, Leanne Smith, Stacey Cook and Laurenne Ross take turns exercising with massive weights that look about as heavy as they are as the US women's ski team prepare for Sochi with 'racehorse' superstar Lindsey Vonn.
600 words by Sim Sim Wissgott
When it comes to biathlon and cross country skiing at the Sochi Olympics, it looks like Norway can already start celebrating.
500 words by Dave James
Canada's men's curlers are aiming for a hat-trick of gold medals in Sochi as they seek to maintain their Olympic dominance while Sweden's top-ranked women are chasing their own three-in-a-row.
500 words by John Weaver
Russia's women's curlers hope to sweep their way to Olympic gold in sport that was barely played at any level in the country just two decades ago.
500 words by Alexander Fedorets
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