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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 last 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.
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Russia, for years after the fall of the Soviet Union notorious as one of the world's worst sports doping offenders, claims to have finally made progress in the fight against drugs and but now must convince sceptics when it hosts the Olympics.
600 words by Benoit Finck
Forget the quadruple jump or the triple axel what will really count in the Olympic rink at Sochi's Iceberg Sports Palace from February 6-20 will be what the skater is wearing.
600 words by Emmeline Moore. Pictures
Sibling rivals, dynasties of champions or coaching parents: the Olympic community likes to style itself as one big family... and in winter sports, that's quite often literally the case.
500 words by Sim Sim Wissgott
Three former top-level female track athletes will bid to complete a remarkable transformation into winter sports stars when they take to the bobsleigh track at the Sochi Olympics.
500 words by Luke Phillips
The United States is hoping to repeat their record medal success of Vancouver as the land of the long hard winter gets set to stage the largest Winter Games in history.
500 words by Greg Heakes
Now that a chaotic season has ended with a controversial Olympic team berth, US figure skater Ashley Wagner is aiming to make the most of her chance in Sochi.
500 words by Rebecca Bryan