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Fireworks explode over Olympic Park at the end of the closing ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Fireworks explode over Olympic Park at the end of the closing ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

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Dancers reenact the Opening Ceremony ring failure during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Dancers reenact the Opening Ceremony ring failure during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

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Olympic mascots the Hare, the Polar Bear and the Leopard perform during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Olympic mascots the Hare, the Polar Bear and the Leopard perform during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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The magic of circus is performed during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

The magic of circus is performed during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

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The magic of circus is performed during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

The magic of circus is performed during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

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Performers celebrate Russian culture during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Performers celebrate Russian culture during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

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Members of protest group Pussy Riot speak during a press conference on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Members of protest group Pussy Riot speak during a press conference on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

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Gold medalist Alexander Legkov of Russia celebrates during the flower ceremony for the Men's 50 km Mass Start Free during day 16 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Gold medalist Alexander Legkov of Russia celebrates during the flower ceremony for the Men's 50 km Mass Start Free during day 16 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

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Krystyna Palka of Poland competes during the Women's 4 x 6 km Relay during day 14 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images

Krystyna Palka of Poland competes during the Women's 4 x 6 km Relay during day 14 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images

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Great Britain's Lizzie Yarnold with her Gold medal she won in the Women's Skeleton, during the Medal Ceremony at the Medals Plaza, at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia

Great Britain's Lizzie Yarnold with her Gold medal she won in the Women's Skeleton, during the Medal Ceremony at the Medals Plaza, at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia

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Russian President Vladimir Putin claps during the third period of a men's ice hockey game between the USA and Russia at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Russian President Vladimir Putin claps during the third period of a men's ice hockey game between the USA and Russia at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

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Ireland's Seamus O'Connor pictured during his second run during Qualification heat of the Men's Halfpipe competition at the Extreme Park in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

Ireland's Seamus O'Connor pictured during his second run during Qualification heat of the Men's Halfpipe competition at the Extreme Park in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

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Ireland's Seamus O'Connor pictured during his semi final run of the Men's Halfpipe competition at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

Ireland's Seamus O'Connor pictured during his semi final run of the Men's Halfpipe competition at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

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Ireland's Seamus O'Connor is dejected after his semi final run of the Men's Halfpipe competition at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

Ireland's Seamus O'Connor is dejected after his semi final run of the Men's Halfpipe competition at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

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Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria lands her jump during the Ladies' Normal Hill Individual final round on day 4 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria lands her jump during the Ladies' Normal Hill Individual final round on day 4 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

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Silver medalist Ayumu Hirano of Japan, gold medalist Iouri Podladtchikov of Switzerland and bronze medalist Taku Hiraoka of Japan celebrate on the podium during the flower ceremony for the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Finals on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

Silver medalist Ayumu Hirano of Japan, gold medalist Iouri Podladtchikov of Switzerland and bronze medalist Taku Hiraoka of Japan celebrate on the podium during the flower ceremony for the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Finals on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

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Shaun White of the United States crashes out in the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Finals on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Shaun White of the United States crashes out in the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Finals on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

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Sara Takanashi of Japan jumps during the Ladies' Normal Hill Individual trial on day 4 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Sara Takanashi of Japan jumps during the Ladies' Normal Hill Individual trial on day 4 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

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Nana Fujimoto #30 of Japan makes a save  against Russia during the Women's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group B game on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Shayba Arena on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia

Nana Fujimoto #30 of Japan makes a save against Russia during the Women's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group B game on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Shayba Arena on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia

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Britain's Dominic Harrington  pictured during Monday nights training session ahead of Tuesdays Snowboard Halfpipe event at the Extreme Park in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

Britain's Dominic Harrington pictured during Monday nights training session ahead of Tuesdays Snowboard Halfpipe event at the Extreme Park in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

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Marc-Antoine Gagnon of Canada competes in the Men's Moguls Finals on day three of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  Photo by Julian Finney

Marc-Antoine Gagnon of Canada competes in the Men's Moguls Finals on day three of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Julian Finney

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Silver medalists Kaetlyn Osmond, Patrick Chan, Kevin Reynolds, Meagan Duhamel, Eric Radford, Kirsten Moore-Towers, Dylan Moscovitch, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, gold medalists Yulia Lipnitskaya, Evgeny Plyushchenko, Ksenia Stolbova, Fedor Klimov, Tatiana Volosozhar, Maxim Trankov, Ekaterina Bobrova, Dmitri Soloviev, Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov of Russia and bronze medalists Gracie Gold, Ashley Wagner, Jeremy Abbott, Jason Brown, Maria Castelli, Simon Shnapir, Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States celebrate during the medal ceremony for the Team Figure Skating Overall during the medal ceremony on day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Medals Plaza in the Olympic Park on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  Photo by Streeter Lecka

Silver medalists Kaetlyn Osmond, Patrick Chan, Kevin Reynolds, Meagan Duhamel, Eric Radford, Kirsten Moore-Towers, Dylan Moscovitch, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, gold medalists Yulia Lipnitskaya, Evgeny Plyushchenko, Ksenia Stolbova, Fedor Klimov, Tatiana Volosozhar, Maxim Trankov, Ekaterina Bobrova, Dmitri Soloviev, Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov of Russia and bronze medalists Gracie Gold, Ashley Wagner, Jeremy Abbott, Jason Brown, Maria Castelli, Simon Shnapir, Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States celebrate during the medal ceremony for the Team Figure Skating Overall during the medal ceremony on day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Medals Plaza in the Olympic Park on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Streeter Lecka

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A Japanese team official shouts instructions during the Men's Moguls Qualification on day three of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  Photo by Ryan Pierse

A Japanese team official shouts instructions during the Men's Moguls Qualification on day three of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Ryan Pierse

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Ben Sandford of New Zealand prepares to make a run during a Men's Skeleton training session on Day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Sanki Sliding Center on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  Photo by Alex Livesey

Ben Sandford of New Zealand prepares to make a run during a Men's Skeleton training session on Day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Sanki Sliding Center on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Alex Livesey

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Gold medalist Charles Hamelin of Canada celebrates with Marianne St-Gelais after wiining the Short Track Men's 1500m Final on day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Gold medalist Charles Hamelin of Canada celebrates with Marianne St-Gelais after wiining the Short Track Men's 1500m Final on day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

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Sjinkie Knegt of Netherlands and Se Young Park of South Korea compete in the Short Track Men's 1500m Final B on day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Sjinkie Knegt of Netherlands and Se Young Park of South Korea compete in the Short Track Men's 1500m Final B on day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

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Kamil Stoch of Poland celebrates winning gold after his jump in the Men's Normal Hill Individual Final on day 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

Kamil Stoch of Poland celebrates winning gold after his jump in the Men's Normal Hill Individual Final on day 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

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Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov of Russia compete in the Team Ice Dance Free Dance during day two of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace onon February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images

Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov of Russia compete in the Team Ice Dance Free Dance during day two of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace onon February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images

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Silver medalist Albert Demchenko of Russia, gold medalist Felix Loch of Germany and bronze medalist Armin Zoeggeler of Italy on the podium during the flower ceremony for the Men's Luge Singles on Day 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Sliding Center Sanki on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Silver medalist Albert Demchenko of Russia, gold medalist Felix Loch of Germany and bronze medalist Armin Zoeggeler of Italy on the podium during the flower ceremony for the Men's Luge Singles on Day 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Sliding Center Sanki on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

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Severin Freund of Germany crashes upon landing during the Men's Normal Hill Individual first round on day 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images

Severin Freund of Germany crashes upon landing during the Men's Normal Hill Individual first round on day 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images

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Felix Loch of Germany celebrates winning the gold medal during the Men's Luge Singles on Day 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Sliding Center Sanki on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Felix Loch of Germany celebrates winning the gold medal during the Men's Luge Singles on Day 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Sliding Center Sanki on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

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Members of the Sweden ice hockey team celebrate their 1-0 win over Japan during the Women's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group B Game on day two of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Shayba Arena on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  Photo by Bruce Bennett

Members of the Sweden ice hockey team celebrate their 1-0 win over Japan during the Women's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group B Game on day two of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Shayba Arena on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Bruce Bennett

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Russia's Sergey Volkov pictured during the Mens Moguls event at the Extreme Park in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

Russia's Sergey Volkov pictured during the Mens Moguls event at the Extreme Park in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

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Canada's Alex Bilodeau pictured during the Mens Moguls event at the Extreme Park in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

Canada's Alex Bilodeau pictured during the Mens Moguls event at the Extreme Park in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

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Dancers perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  Photo by Pascal Le Segretain

Dancers perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Pascal Le Segretain

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Diana Vishneva performs Dove of Peace during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Diana Vishneva performs Dove of Peace during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Martina Kocher of Switzerland makes a run during a Women's Luge Singles training session on Day 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Sanki Sliding Center on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Alex Livesey

Martina Kocher of Switzerland makes a run during a Women's Luge Singles training session on Day 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Sanki Sliding Center on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Alex Livesey

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Yuliya Skokova of Russia competes during the Women's 3000m Speed Skating event during day 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Adler Arena Skating Center on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  Photo by Quinn Rooney

Yuliya Skokova of Russia competes during the Women's 3000m Speed Skating event during day 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Adler Arena Skating Center on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Quinn Rooney

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Dario Cologna of Switzerland reacts to winning the Men's Skiathlon 15 km Classic + 15 km Free during day two of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  Photo by Richard Heathcote

Dario Cologna of Switzerland reacts to winning the Men's Skiathlon 15 km Classic + 15 km Free during day two of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Richard Heathcote

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Eva Logar of Slovenia jumps during the Ladies' Normal Hill Individual Ski Jumping training on day 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images

Eva Logar of Slovenia jumps during the Ladies' Normal Hill Individual Ski Jumping training on day 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images

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Gold medalist Jamie Anderson of the United States celebrates during the medal ceremony for the Women's Snowboard Slopestyle Finals on 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Medals Plaza on February 9, 2014 in Sochi.  Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Gold medalist Jamie Anderson of the United States celebrates during the medal ceremony for the Women's Snowboard Slopestyle Finals on 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Medals Plaza on February 9, 2014 in Sochi. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

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Jenny Jones celebrates after fining out she won bronze

Jenny Jones celebrates after fining out she won bronze

Felix Loch of Germany celebrates winning the gold medal during the Men's Luge Singles on Day 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Sliding Center Sanki on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  Photo by Alexander Hassenstein

Felix Loch of Germany celebrates winning the gold medal during the Men's Luge Singles on Day 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Sliding Center Sanki on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Alexander Hassenstein

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Valentin Cretu of Romania takes part in a men's luge training session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Sanki Sliding Center on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  Photo by Julian Finney

Valentin Cretu of Romania takes part in a men's luge training session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Sanki Sliding Center on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Julian Finney

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Ireland's Seamus O'Connor was delighted with his efforts in the snowboard slopestyle semi-final.

Ireland's Seamus O'Connor was delighted with his efforts in the snowboard slopestyle semi-final.

Fireworks are seen over the Olympic Park during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi (AP)

Fireworks are seen over the Olympic Park during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi (AP)

Performers wearing illuminated suits form the Russian flag during the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Sochi

Performers wearing illuminated suits form the Russian flag during the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Sochi

One of the rings forming the Olympic Rings fails to open during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi (AP)

One of the rings forming the Olympic Rings fails to open during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi (AP)

Julia Lavrentieva and Yun Rudyk of Ukraine compete in the Figure Skating Pairs Short Program during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  Photo by Clive Mason

Julia Lavrentieva and Yun Rudyk of Ukraine compete in the Figure Skating Pairs Short Program during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Clive Mason

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Junko Hoshino of Japan trains during moguls practice at the Extreme Park at Rosa Khutor Mountain ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 5, 2014 in Sochi, Russia  Photo by Cameron Spencer

Junko Hoshino of Japan trains during moguls practice at the Extreme Park at Rosa Khutor Mountain ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 5, 2014 in Sochi, Russia Photo by Cameron Spencer

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Alex Bilodeau of Canada trains during moguls practice at the Extreme Park at Rosa Khutor Mountain ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 5, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  Photo by Streeter Lecka

Alex Bilodeau of Canada trains during moguls practice at the Extreme Park at Rosa Khutor Mountain ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 5, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Streeter Lecka

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Junko Hoshino of Japan competes during Ladies' Moguls Qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  Photo by Ryan Pierse

Junko Hoshino of Japan competes during Ladies' Moguls Qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Ryan Pierse

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Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia compete in the Figure Skating Pairs Short Program during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  Photo by Clive Mason

Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia compete in the Figure Skating Pairs Short Program during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Clive Mason

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Semen Pavlichenko of Russia prepares to make a run during the men's luge training session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Sanki Sliding Center on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Julian Finney

Semen Pavlichenko of Russia prepares to make a run during the men's luge training session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Sanki Sliding Center on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Julian Finney

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 05:  Biathlete Cristoph Stefan of Germany shoots during a training session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center on February 5, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 05: Biathlete Cristoph Stefan of Germany shoots during a training session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center on February 5, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

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A competitor takes a jump during a ski slopestyle training session at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, prior to the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

A competitor takes a jump during a ski slopestyle training session at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, prior to the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 06:  Marvin Dixon of Jamaica poses with Olympic mascots ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Athletes Vllage on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 06: Marvin Dixon of Jamaica poses with Olympic mascots ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Athletes Vllage on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 06:  Australian arial skiier Dave Morris poses on the Olympic Rings in the Athletes Village ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 06: Australian arial skiier Dave Morris poses on the Olympic Rings in the Athletes Village ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 06:  Australian arial skiier Dave Morris poses on the Olympic Rings in the Athletes Village ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 06: Australian arial skiier Dave Morris poses on the Olympic Rings in the Athletes Village ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 05:  The Olympic Rings are seen in water droplets ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center on February 5, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 05: The Olympic Rings are seen in water droplets ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center on February 5, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 05:  A dog sits outside a vehicle security checkpoint ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics near the Olympic Park on February 5, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 05: A dog sits outside a vehicle security checkpoint ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics near the Olympic Park on February 5, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 05:  Maria Sharapova joins Nike in reopening her newly refurbished hometown tennis court at Riviera Park Egorova on February 5, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Nike)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 05: Maria Sharapova joins Nike in reopening her newly refurbished hometown tennis court at Riviera Park Egorova on February 5, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Nike)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 05: Seppe Smits of Belgium practices during training for Snowboard Slopestyle at the Extreme Park at Rosa Khutor Mountain on February 5, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 05: Seppe Smits of Belgium practices during training for Snowboard Slopestyle at the Extreme Park at Rosa Khutor Mountain on February 5, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27:  Chemmy Alcott of Great Britain poses during a portrait session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games on January 27, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: Chemmy Alcott of Great Britain poses during a portrait session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games on January 27, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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Great Britain's Charlotte Gilmartin (left) and Elise Christie (right) during speed skatering practice in the Iceberg Skating Palace. during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 4, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Speedskating. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only.  No video emulation.

Great Britain's Charlotte Gilmartin (left) and Elise Christie (right) during speed skatering practice in the Iceberg Skating Palace. during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 4, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Speedskating. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

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Great Britain's Billy Morgan during the Snowboard Slopestyle practice in the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Sochi, Russia

Great Britain's Billy Morgan during the Snowboard Slopestyle practice in the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Sochi, Russia

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Great Britain's Billy Morgan during todays Snowboard Slopestyle practice at the the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Sochi, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Snowboarding. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only.  No video emulation.

Great Britain's Billy Morgan during todays Snowboard Slopestyle practice at the the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Sochi, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Snowboarding. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

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A Snowboarder during the snowboard slopestyle training at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park,  Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Sochi, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Snowboarding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only.  No video emulation.

A Snowboarder during the snowboard slopestyle training at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Sochi, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Snowboarding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

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An unnamed snowboarder makes a jump during the snowboard slopestyle training at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Sochi, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Snowboarding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

An unnamed snowboarder makes a jump during the snowboard slopestyle training at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Sochi, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Snowboarding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

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Ireland's Seamus O'Connor during the snowboard practice at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Snowboarding. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

Ireland's Seamus O'Connor during the snowboard practice at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Snowboarding. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

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An jump is inspected during slopestyle training at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park ahead of the start of 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Snowboarding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

An jump is inspected during slopestyle training at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park ahead of the start of 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Snowboarding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

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An unnamed snowboarder makes a jump during the snowboard slopestyle training at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Sochi, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Snowboarding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

An unnamed snowboarder makes a jump during the snowboard slopestyle training at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Sochi, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Snowboarding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

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An unnamed snowboarder makes a jump during the snowboard slopestyle training at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Sochi, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Snowboarding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

An unnamed snowboarder makes a jump during the snowboard slopestyle training at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Sochi, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Snowboarding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

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An unnamed snowboarder makes a jump during the snowboard slopestyle training at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Sochi, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Snowboarding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only.  No video emulation.

An unnamed snowboarder makes a jump during the snowboard slopestyle training at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Sochi, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Snowboarding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

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Paint is sprayed on the slopestyle course at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Sochi, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Snowboarding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only.  No video emulation.

Paint is sprayed on the slopestyle course at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Sochi, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Snowboarding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

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Great Britain's Billy Morgan during the snowboard slopestyle training at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park,  Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Sochi, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Snowboarding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only.  No video emulation.

Great Britain's Billy Morgan during the snowboard slopestyle training at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Sochi, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Snowboarding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

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Great Britain's Billy Morgan during the snowboard slopestyle training at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park,  Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Sochi, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Snowboarding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only.  No video emulation.

Great Britain's Billy Morgan during the snowboard slopestyle training at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Sochi, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Snowboarding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

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An American athlete (name not know) makes a jump during the ski slopestyle training at the  Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Sochi, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Skiiing. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only.  No video emulation.

An American athlete (name not know) makes a jump during the ski slopestyle training at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Sochi, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Skiiing. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

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Australia's Nicole Parks crashes out in the ladies moguls training run at The Rosa Khutor Extreme Park  during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 4, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Skiing. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

Australia's Nicole Parks crashes out in the ladies moguls training run at The Rosa Khutor Extreme Park during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 4, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Skiing. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

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USA's Hannah Kearney  in the ladies moguls training run at The Rosa Khutor Extreme Park during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 4, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Skiing. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only.  No video emulation.

USA's Hannah Kearney in the ladies moguls training run at The Rosa Khutor Extreme Park during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 4, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Skiing. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

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Australia's Nicole Parks crashes out in the ladies moguls training run at The Rosa Khutor Extreme Park  during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 4, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Skiing. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

Australia's Nicole Parks crashes out in the ladies moguls training run at The Rosa Khutor Extreme Park during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 4, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Skiing. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

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An athlete (name not known) during the Ski Slopestyle practice in the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Sochi, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Skiing. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only.  No video emulation.

An athlete (name not known) during the Ski Slopestyle practice in the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Sochi, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Skiing. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

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Short Track skaters practice in the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 4, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Short Track. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only.  No video emulation.

Short Track skaters practice in the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 4, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Short Track. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

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A Russian security forces K-9 officer patrols with his dog near the finish area of the Alpine ski course ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

A Russian security forces K-9 officer patrols with his dog near the finish area of the Alpine ski course ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

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Security stand beside Mascots in  Rosa Khutor near the Extreme park, Sochi, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Sochi. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only.  No video emulation.

Security stand beside Mascots in Rosa Khutor near the Extreme park, Sochi, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Sochi. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the opening of the 126th session of the International Olympic Committee at the Zimny Theatre ahead of the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman, Pool)

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the opening of the 126th session of the International Olympic Committee at the Zimny Theatre ahead of the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman, Pool)

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Great Britain's Jamie Nicholls in the Athletes Village. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 4, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Sochi. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

Great Britain's Jamie Nicholls in the Athletes Village. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 4, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Sochi. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

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Pictured is a general view of the Athletes village near Rosa Khutor. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 4, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Sochi. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

Pictured is a general view of the Athletes village near Rosa Khutor. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 4, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Sochi. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

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Olga Shkhumova of the Ukraine completes a training run for the women's luge singles at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Olga Shkhumova of the Ukraine completes a training run for the women's luge singles at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

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Erin Hamlin of the United States completes a training run for the women's luge singles at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Erin Hamlin of the United States completes a training run for the women's luge singles at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

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A military helicopter hovers over the mountain cluster as a passenger jet passes by prior to the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. With militant groups threatening to attack during the next few weeks, security and the safety of competitors and visitors to the coastal area and in the nearby mountains that will host the events has become both heightened and inescapable. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

A military helicopter hovers over the mountain cluster as a passenger jet passes by prior to the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. With militant groups threatening to attack during the next few weeks, security and the safety of competitors and visitors to the coastal area and in the nearby mountains that will host the events has become both heightened and inescapable. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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Rosa village is seen from a gondola prior to the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Rosa village is seen from a gondola prior to the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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Stray dogs around the Olympic Park in Sochi, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 4, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Sochi. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire

Stray dogs around the Olympic Park in Sochi, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 4, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Sochi. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire

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Two PETA Supporters protest against the wearing of fur at the Olympic Park in Sochi, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 4, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Sochi . Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire

Two PETA Supporters protest against the wearing of fur at the Olympic Park in Sochi, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 4, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Sochi . Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire

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A person scraping the slopes falls over on the slopestyle course at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park ahead of the start of 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Sochi. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only.  No video emulation.

A person scraping the slopes falls over on the slopestyle course at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park ahead of the start of 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Sochi. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

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In this photo taken Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, two female toilets sit side-by-side at the security screening facility outside the Main Press Center at the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Sochi, Russia. Side-by-side toilets in a single bathroom caused a social media sensation last month when they were discovered at the biathlon course of the Sochi Olympics, swiftly becoming a national joke in Russia. The Sochi organizing committee initially denied knowledge of the second twin toilet, and it has not been able to say whether the loo-loo was built by design or resulted from an error during the plumbing process. (AP Photo)

In this photo taken Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, two female toilets sit side-by-side at the security screening facility outside the Main Press Center at the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Sochi, Russia. Side-by-side toilets in a single bathroom caused a social media sensation last month when they were discovered at the biathlon course of the Sochi Olympics, swiftly becoming a national joke in Russia. The Sochi organizing committee initially denied knowledge of the second twin toilet, and it has not been able to say whether the loo-loo was built by design or resulted from an error during the plumbing process. (AP Photo)

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Independent Olympic Participant Shiva Keshavan has a training run at the Sliding Centre Sanki during the Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 4, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Luge. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Independent Olympic Participant Shiva Keshavan has a training run at the Sliding Centre Sanki during the Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 4, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Luge. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

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USA's Christopher Mazdzer has a training run at the Sliding Centre Sanki, during the Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 4, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Luge. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only.  No video emulation.

USA's Christopher Mazdzer has a training run at the Sliding Centre Sanki, during the Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 4, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Luge. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

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An unknown athlete makes a jump during the ski slopestyle training at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park ahead of the start of 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Freestyle Woods. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only.  No video emulation.

An unknown athlete makes a jump during the ski slopestyle training at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park ahead of the start of 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Freestyle Woods. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

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Great Britains James Woods during the ski slopestyle training at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park ahead of the start of 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Freestyle Woods. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only.  No video emulation.

Great Britains James Woods during the ski slopestyle training at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park ahead of the start of 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPICS Freestyle Woods. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

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Norway's Torstein Horgmo is stretchered  off the mountain after injuring him self in the Snowboard practice. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPIC Snowboarding. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

Norway's Torstein Horgmo is stretchered off the mountain after injuring him self in the Snowboard practice. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPIC Snowboarding. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04:  Dominic Harrington, Ben Kilner and Billy Morgan of the Great Britain Snowboard Team pose for a portrait with Rebekah Wilson and Paula Walker of the Great Britain Bobsleigh team on the Olympic rings at the Athletes Village in the Rosa Khutor mountain village cluster prior to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 3, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04: Dominic Harrington, Ben Kilner and Billy Morgan of the Great Britain Snowboard Team pose for a portrait with Rebekah Wilson and Paula Walker of the Great Britain Bobsleigh team on the Olympic rings at the Athletes Village in the Rosa Khutor mountain village cluster prior to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 3, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04:  Shelly Gotlieb, Stefi Luxton, Christy Prior and Rebecca Torr of New Zealand pose for a picture with the Olympic Rings at Athletes Village ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04: Shelly Gotlieb, Stefi Luxton, Christy Prior and Rebecca Torr of New Zealand pose for a picture with the Olympic Rings at Athletes Village ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04:  Rebecca Torr of New Zealand pose for a picture with the Olympic Rings at Athletes Village ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04: Rebecca Torr of New Zealand pose for a picture with the Olympic Rings at Athletes Village ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04:  (L-R) Caroline Ouellette and Natalie Spooner of the Canada Women's ice hockey team leave a training session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Olympic Park on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04: (L-R) Caroline Ouellette and Natalie Spooner of the Canada Women's ice hockey team leave a training session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Olympic Park on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04:  Security stand outside Adler Arena Skating Center ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Olympic Park on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04: Security stand outside Adler Arena Skating Center ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Olympic Park on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04:  A general view of the interior of an athlete's apartment ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Athletes Olympic Village on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04: A general view of the interior of an athlete's apartment ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Athletes Olympic Village on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04:  Members of the Canada Women's ice hockey team team leave a training session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Olympic Park on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04: Members of the Canada Women's ice hockey team team leave a training session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Olympic Park on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04:  Members of the Canada Women's ice hockey team team leave a training session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Olympic Park on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04: Members of the Canada Women's ice hockey team team leave a training session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Olympic Park on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04: Security stand near a vehicle checkpoint ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Olympic Park on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04: Security stand near a vehicle checkpoint ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Olympic Park on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04:  Workers clean a pool ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Athletes Olympic Village on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04: Workers clean a pool ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Athletes Olympic Village on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04:  A general view of the Netherlands team lodgings and bikes ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Athletes Olympic Village on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04: A general view of the Netherlands team lodgings and bikes ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Athletes Olympic Village on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04:  Dutch Olympic personnel ride a bicycle ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Athletes Olympic Village on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04: Dutch Olympic personnel ride a bicycle ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Athletes Olympic Village on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04:  The athlete's Olympic Village sits on a plateau below the snow capped peaks as the women's alpine ski course desends the mountain in the foreground on the Rosa Khutor ski mountain ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04: The athlete's Olympic Village sits on a plateau below the snow capped peaks as the women's alpine ski course desends the mountain in the foreground on the Rosa Khutor ski mountain ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04:  The women's alpine ski course decends the mountain as the athlete's Olympic Village sits in the background on the Rosa Khutor ski mountain ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04: The women's alpine ski course decends the mountain as the athlete's Olympic Village sits in the background on the Rosa Khutor ski mountain ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04:  Volunteers pose for photos infront of the Olympic Rings ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Olympic Park on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04: Volunteers pose for photos infront of the Olympic Rings ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Olympic Park on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04:  A Cross Country skiers trains  ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04: A Cross Country skiers trains ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04:  Ski Jumper Sara Takanashi conference at Gorki Press Center ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04: Ski Jumper Sara Takanashi conference at Gorki Press Center ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04:  An athlete trains during Snowboard Slopestyle practice at the Extreme Park at Rosa Khutor Mountain ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04: An athlete trains during Snowboard Slopestyle practice at the Extreme Park at Rosa Khutor Mountain ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04: A member of the Poland Cross-Country team passes the Olympic rings during training ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04: A member of the Poland Cross-Country team passes the Olympic rings during training ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04:  Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak signs the Wall of Truce inside the Coastal Cluster athletes' village ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Athletes Olympic Village on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04: Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak signs the Wall of Truce inside the Coastal Cluster athletes' village ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Athletes Olympic Village on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04:  International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach poses with members of the IOC in front of the Olympic rings in the Coastal Cluster athletes' village ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Athletes Olympic Village on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04: International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach poses with members of the IOC in front of the Olympic rings in the Coastal Cluster athletes' village ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Athletes Olympic Village on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

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BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 04:  Journalists and other members of Reporters Without Borders protest against restrictions on freedom of the press in Russia outside the Russian embassy next to an ice sculpture featuring a poster with a burning newspaper shaped like an Olympic torch and the words 'A Free Press - the Most Difficult Discipline In Sochi' on February 4, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The demonstration is taking place three days ahead of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.  (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 04: Journalists and other members of Reporters Without Borders protest against restrictions on freedom of the press in Russia outside the Russian embassy next to an ice sculpture featuring a poster with a burning newspaper shaped like an Olympic torch and the words 'A Free Press - the Most Difficult Discipline In Sochi' on February 4, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The demonstration is taking place three days ahead of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04:  A general view of the Polar Bear mascot statue ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Athletes Olympic Village on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04: A general view of the Polar Bear mascot statue ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Athletes Olympic Village on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04:  Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada practices during a figure skating training session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Iceberg Skating Palace on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04: Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada practices during a figure skating training session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Iceberg Skating Palace on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04:  A general view over Fisht Olympic Stadium in the early morning ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Olympic Park on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04: A general view over Fisht Olympic Stadium in the early morning ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Olympic Park on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04:  A general view over the Olympic Park in the early morning ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04: A general view over the Olympic Park in the early morning ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04:  A general view over the Olympic Park in the early morning ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04: A general view over the Olympic Park in the early morning ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04:  A general view over the Olympic Park in the early morning ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04: A general view over the Olympic Park in the early morning ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04:  A general view over the Olympic Park in the early morning ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04: A general view over the Olympic Park in the early morning ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04:  A general view over the Olympic Park in the early morning ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04: A general view over the Olympic Park in the early morning ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04:  A general view over the Olympic Park in the early morning ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04: A general view over the Olympic Park in the early morning ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04:  A general view over the Olympic Park in the early morning ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04: A general view over the Olympic Park in the early morning ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 03:  The Olympic Rings are illuminated at Sochi International Airport ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 3, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 03: The Olympic Rings are illuminated at Sochi International Airport ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 3, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 03:  Dimitry Reiherd of Kazakhstan trains during moguls practice at the Extreme Park at Rosa Khutor Mountain ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 3, 2014 in Sochi, Russia  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 03: Dimitry Reiherd of Kazakhstan trains during moguls practice at the Extreme Park at Rosa Khutor Mountain ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 3, 2014 in Sochi, Russia (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 03:  The Olympic Cauldron and Bolshoy Ice Dome are seen ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Olympic Park on February 3, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 03: The Olympic Cauldron and Bolshoy Ice Dome are seen ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Olympic Park on February 3, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 03:  The Olympic Cauldron is seen ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Olympic Park on February 3, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 03: The Olympic Cauldron is seen ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Olympic Park on February 3, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 03:  The Olympic Cauldron is seen ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Olympic Park on February 3, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 03: The Olympic Cauldron is seen ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Olympic Park on February 3, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 03:  The Olympic Cauldron is seen ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Olympic Park on February 3, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 03: The Olympic Cauldron is seen ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Olympic Park on February 3, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 02:  The Bolshoy Ice Dome is seen ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Olympic Park on February 2, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 02: The Bolshoy Ice Dome is seen ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Olympic Park on February 2, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 02:  The sun sets behind the Bolshoy Ice Dome ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Olympic Park on February 2, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 02: The sun sets behind the Bolshoy Ice Dome ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Olympic Park on February 2, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 02:  The Iceberg Skating Palace is seen ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Olympic Park on February 2, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 02: The Iceberg Skating Palace is seen ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Olympic Park on February 2, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 02:  The Iceberg Skating Palace is seen ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Olympic Park on February 2, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 02: The Iceberg Skating Palace is seen ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Olympic Park on February 2, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

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Fireworks explode over Olympic Park at the end of the closing ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

When Norway’s Health Minister Bent Høie arrives in Sochi as his country’s official representative at the Winter Paralympics, he knows who he wants by his side as he cheers on the national team.

 “It’s natural to take Dag Terje along when attending this type of event,” Mr Høie he told Norwegian media this week, referring to his husband, Dag Terje Solvang.

 

Bringing one’s spouse to a sporting event should indeed be an unremarkable event, but the Sochi Winter Olympics begin on Friday amid a chorus of condemnation over new laws in Russia seen as discriminating against the gay and lesbian community. So the attendance of a happily married same-sex couple openly speaking about their relationship sends a powerful signal.

 

“Everyone understands what two men who are married think about gay rights,” Mr Høie told the Stavanger Aftenblad newspaper.

 

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Activists and members of Russia’s gay community will be hoping for more expressions of support over the coming weeks as the spotlight falls on the country for the Winter Games. Protesters took to the streets of 19 cities around the world today to urge sponsors to condemn laws against “gay propaganda” signed by President Vladimir Putin last July.

 

The legislation criminalises the act of providing information about homosexuality to anyone under 18. Members of the gay community say the broad wording leaves it open to interpretation and in effect bans public support for gay rights. The United Nations committee on children’s rights has urged Russia to repeal the law, warning that the “vague definitions of propaganda leads to the targeting and ongoing persecution of the country’s [gay] community, including abuse and violence.”

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Norway's Torstein Horgmo is stretchered off the mountain after injuring him self in the Snowboard practice. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPIC Snowboarding. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

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Norway's Torstein Horgmo is stretchered off the mountain after injuring him self in the Snowboard practice. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story OLYMPIC Snowboarding. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: For news services only. Editorial purposes only. No video emulation.

 

AT&T, the telecoms giant and US Olympic Committee sponsor, became the first big American company to respond to calls for support from the All Out activist group, publishing a blog condemning “violence, discrimination and harassment” against the gay and lesbian community.

Activists hope to convince other sponsors, including McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Visa and Samsung to issue similar denunciations. “These brands have spent millions to align themselves with the Olympics, but have repeatedly refused to support the Games’ founding principles,” said Andre Banks of the All Out campaign.

 

While some activists are calling for a boycott of the Games, world leaders and politicians have deployed different tactics to express their dismay at the rolling back of gay rights. David Cameron, the French President François Hollande and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel have all turned down their invitations to Sochi, but have not explicitly linked their snub to the controversial laws.

 

The EU’s Justice Commissioner, Viviane Reding, made clear on her Twitter account that she would not go “as long as minorities are treated the way they are”. President Barack Obama, meanwhile, sent a clear message when he announced he would skip the games but was sending two openly gay athletes – including the former tennis champion Billie Jean King – as part of the official US delegation.


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