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All eyes on Russia as Sochi opening ceremony marks start of Winter Olympics

Russia kicks off the opening ceremony on Friday in Sochi as the world turns its attention to the costliest Olympic Games in history.

Sochi Olympics: 10 defining moments

Let the Games begin. Thousands of athletes from over 80 different countries are ready to descend on Sochi as the 2014 Winter Olympics begin in Russia.

Countries unite to disrupt terror threats to Sochi Olympic Games

U.S. authorities are working with Russia and other countries to try to disrupt possible threats related to the Sochi Olympics, in addition to the toothpaste tube terror concern, a U.S. intelligence source said.

Observers ask: Is Sochi ready?

Never judge a book by its cover -- and never judge a major sports event before it has begun.

9 juicy travel nuggets about Sochi

As one of the warmest cities in Russia -- a country with no shortage of snowy terrain -- Sochi seems an unusual place to host the Winter Olympics. But that's not all that's notable about it.

Sochi 2014: Winter Olympics by the numbers

The 22nd Winter Olympic Games open in Sochi, Russia, on Friday. Here's a look at some key facts and figures related to what appears to be among the most expensive Olympics ever:

Sochi: Athletes, fans set for Russia's Winter Olympics spectacle

After all the consternation over security, the controversy over gay rights and the ridicule over poor preparations, the Sochi Games are here.

Fanny Smith: Ski cross champion defies odds in quest for Olympic gold

When Fanny Smith lines up at the start gates in Sochi later this month, she will do so with form and, perhaps, the fates in her favor.

Sochi 2014: Snow fest or snooze? 10 reasons to love the Winter Games

If the Winter Olympics leave you cold, then we are here to help. Ahead of Friday's opening ceremony in Sochi, let us thaw your icy hearts with 10 reasons why you should watch the snow men and ice queens compete at the Games.

Sochi 2014 confidential: Take a tour of Olympic Village

-- Amid security anxieties, indignation over Russian politics, the furore over unfinished media accommodation and astronomic costs, one key component of the Winter Olympics has been all but forgotten: the thousands of athletes streaming into So