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Winter Olympics advisory

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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 latest part of our 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.

Contacts:

Olympics sports news: David.James@afp.com (@DaveJamesafp)

Olympics general news: Stuart.Williams@afp.com (@Stuart_JW)

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PARIS

All eyes will be on Russian figure skating legend Yvegeny Plushenko at his home Olympics as Patrick Chan enters as favourite for men's gold with South Korea's Kim Yu-Na the star of the women's event.

600 words by Emmeline Moore

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BEIJING

Chinese hopes of building on a "historic breakthrough" at the last Winter Olympics are thawing, officials say, as they prepare for the Sochi Games without their star speed skater.

600 words by Neil Connor

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TOKYO

Buoyed by Tokyo's successful bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, Japan are hoping to turn the Sochi Winter Games into another feelgood affair but they may have set the bar too high.

600 words by Shigemi Sato

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MOSCOW

Russia's ice hockey squad is one of the country's main gold medal hopes at the Olympics, but the team is well short of the dominance of the famed "Red Machine" that crushed allcomers for four decades under the Soviet Union.

600 words by Alexander Fedorets

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PARIS

Russia's Victor Ahn will be looking to upstage his native South Korea and put the Olympic hosts on the medals table for the first time in short track speed skating at the Winter Olympics.

600 words by Emmeline Moore

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