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Best of Sochi - Day 1

<p>Fireworks explode after the Olympic Cauldron is been lit during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov</p>

Fireworks explode after the Olympic Cauldron is been lit during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

Fireworks explode after the Olympic Cauldron is been lit during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

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<p>The mascots of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, a bear and a leopard, take part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young</p>

The mascots of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, a bear and a leopard, take part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young

The mascots of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, a bear and a leopard, take part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young

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<p>Giant horses are seen during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Blinch</p>

Giant horses are seen during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

Giant horses are seen during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

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<p>Four of the five Olympic Rings are seen lit up at the start of the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Four of the five Olympic Rings are seen lit up at the start of the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Four of the five Olympic Rings are seen lit up at the start of the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Fireworks are seen over the Olympic Park during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica</p>

Fireworks are seen over the Olympic Park during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Fireworks are seen over the Olympic Park during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

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<p>Actors perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014.     REUTERS/Mark Blinch</p>

Actors perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

Actors perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

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<p>Members of Kazakhstan's speedskating team practice at the Adler Arena ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato</p>

Members of Kazakhstan's speedskating team practice at the Adler Arena ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Members of Kazakhstan's speedskating team practice at the Adler Arena ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato

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<p>Mao Asada of Japan skates during a figure skating training session in Sochi, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk</p>

Mao Asada of Japan skates during a figure skating training session in Sochi, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

Mao Asada of Japan skates during a figure skating training session in Sochi, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

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<p>Ashley Wagner of the U.S. attends a figure skating training session in Sochi, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk</p>

Ashley Wagner of the U.S. attends a figure skating training session in Sochi, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

Ashley Wagner of the U.S. attends a figure skating training session in Sochi, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

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<p>Japan's Daiki Ito soars through the air during the men's ski jumping individual normal hill training event at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center in Rosa Khutor, February 7, 2014. Picture taken using multiple exposure function. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach</p>

Japan's Daiki Ito soars through the air during the men's ski jumping individual normal hill training event at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center in Rosa Khutor, February 7, 2014. Picture taken using multiple exposure function. REUTERS/Kai...more

Japan's Daiki Ito soars through the air during the men's ski jumping individual normal hill training event at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center in Rosa Khutor, February 7, 2014. Picture taken using multiple exposure function. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

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<p>Austria's Wolfgang Kindl prepares for the start during a men's luge training session at the Sanki sliding center in Rosa Khutor, near Sochi, February 7, 2014.  REUTERS/Murad Sezer</p>

Austria's Wolfgang Kindl prepares for the start during a men's luge training session at the Sanki sliding center in Rosa Khutor, near Sochi, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Austria's Wolfgang Kindl prepares for the start during a men's luge training session at the Sanki sliding center in Rosa Khutor, near Sochi, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

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<p>Poland's Kamil Stoch soars through the air during the men's ski jumping individual normal hill training event at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center in Rosa Khutor, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach</p>

Poland's Kamil Stoch soars through the air during the men's ski jumping individual normal hill training event at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center in Rosa Khutor, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Poland's Kamil Stoch soars through the air during the men's ski jumping individual normal hill training event at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center in Rosa Khutor, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

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<p>Japan's Akiko Suzuki falls during a figure skating training session in Sochi February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk</p>

Japan's Akiko Suzuki falls during a figure skating training session in Sochi February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

Japan's Akiko Suzuki falls during a figure skating training session in Sochi February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

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<p>France's Marie Marchand-Arvier takes part in the second training session for the women's alpine skiing downhill event at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, February 7, 2014.  REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger</p>

France's Marie Marchand-Arvier takes part in the second training session for the women's alpine skiing downhill event at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

France's Marie Marchand-Arvier takes part in the second training session for the women's alpine skiing downhill event at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

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<p>Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond skates during a figure skating training session in Sochi February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk</p>

Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond skates during a figure skating training session in Sochi February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond skates during a figure skating training session in Sochi February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

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<p>Italy's Armin Zoeggeler prepares for the start during the men's luge training at the Sanki sliding center in Rosa Khutor, near Sochi, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer</p>

Italy's Armin Zoeggeler prepares for the start during the men's luge training at the Sanki sliding center in Rosa Khutor, near Sochi, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Italy's Armin Zoeggeler prepares for the start during the men's luge training at the Sanki sliding center in Rosa Khutor, near Sochi, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

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<p>Members of the Netherlands speed skating team practice at the Adler Arena, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica</p>

Members of the Netherlands speed skating team practice at the Adler Arena, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Members of the Netherlands speed skating team practice at the Adler Arena, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

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<p>Athletes from Russia (R) and South Korea warm up during a training session at the Adler Arena, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble</p>

Athletes from Russia (R) and South Korea warm up during a training session at the Adler Arena, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Athletes from Russia (R) and South Korea warm up during a training session at the Adler Arena, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble

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<p>Spanish snowboarder Lucas Eguibar poses for a portrait at La Massana, Andorra, February 5, 2014. Coming into the Sochi Games as junior snowboard cross world champion has upped the pressure on Eguibar to put an end to the Iberian nation's woeful record at the Winter Olympics. REUTERS/Albert Gea</p>

Spanish snowboarder Lucas Eguibar poses for a portrait at La Massana, Andorra, February 5, 2014. Coming into the Sochi Games as junior snowboard cross world champion has upped the pressure on Eguibar to put an end to the Iberian nation's woeful...more

Spanish snowboarder Lucas Eguibar poses for a portrait at La Massana, Andorra, February 5, 2014. Coming into the Sochi Games as junior snowboard cross world champion has upped the pressure on Eguibar to put an end to the Iberian nation's woeful record at the Winter Olympics. REUTERS/Albert Gea

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<p>Austria's Matthias Mayer skis in a training session for the men's alpine skiing downhill race at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, February 7, 2014.  REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler</p>

Austria's Matthias Mayer skis in a training session for the men's alpine skiing downhill race at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler

Austria's Matthias Mayer skis in a training session for the men's alpine skiing downhill race at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler

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<p>Canada's goalie Genevieve Lacasse adjusts her cap during their women's ice hockey team practice, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh</p>

Canada's goalie Genevieve Lacasse adjusts her cap during their women's ice hockey team practice, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

Canada's goalie Genevieve Lacasse adjusts her cap during their women's ice hockey team practice, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

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<p>Switzerland's Carlo Janka takes a jump in a training session for the men's alpine skiing downhill race at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini</p>

Switzerland's Carlo Janka takes a jump in a training session for the men's alpine skiing downhill race at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Switzerland's Carlo Janka takes a jump in a training session for the men's alpine skiing downhill race at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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<p>Taiwan's Lien Te-An speeds down the track during a men's luge training session at the Sanki sliding center in Rosa Khutor, near Sochi, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann</p>

Taiwan's Lien Te-An speeds down the track during a men's luge training session at the Sanki sliding center in Rosa Khutor, near Sochi, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

Taiwan's Lien Te-An speeds down the track during a men's luge training session at the Sanki sliding center in Rosa Khutor, near Sochi, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

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<p>Croatia's Ivica Kostelic sticks out his tongue during the second training session for the men's alpine skiing downhill event at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger</p>

Croatia's Ivica Kostelic sticks out his tongue during the second training session for the men's alpine skiing downhill event at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Croatia's Ivica Kostelic sticks out his tongue during the second training session for the men's alpine skiing downhill event at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

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<p>Austria's Matthias Mayer competes in the second training session for the men's alpine skiing downhill event at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich</p>

Austria's Matthias Mayer competes in the second training session for the men's alpine skiing downhill event at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

Austria's Matthias Mayer competes in the second training session for the men's alpine skiing downhill event at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

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<p>Keiichiro Nagashima of Japan warms up during a training session at the Adler Arena, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble</p>

Keiichiro Nagashima of Japan warms up during a training session at the Adler Arena, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Keiichiro Nagashima of Japan warms up during a training session at the Adler Arena, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble

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