Athletes prepare for Sochi

Practice begins at Sochi venues.

  • Austrian alpine skiers Georg Streitberger, Klaus Kroell, Max Franz, Joachim Puchner and Romed Baumann pose for a photograph in the Olympic rings at the Olympic athletes mountain village in Rosa Khutor near Sochi Canice Leung Reuters

  • Olympic cross-country skiers ski during a training session for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games at the Laura cross-country and biathlon centre in Rosa Khutor Canice Leung Reuters

  • Canada's team captain Ouellette takes a face off with Jenner during their women's ice hockey team practice ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Canice Leung Reuters

  • Speed skaters from Finland practice at the Adler Arena in preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympics Canice Leung Reuters

  • Austria's Birgit Platzer gets ready for the start during an unofficial women's luge progressive training at the Sanki sliding center in Rosa Khutor Canice Leung Reuters

  • A volunteer takes a picture with his mobile phone as Romania's Stramaturaru speeds down the track during an unofficial women's luge progressive training at the Sanki sliding center in Rosa Khutor, a venue for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics near Sochi Canice Leung Reuters

  • Canadian short track speed skater Hamelin pours water onto the ice during a team training in preparation for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Canice Leung Reuters

  • Canadian short track speed skater Hamelin takes off his skates beside St-Gelais after their training session in preparation for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Canice Leung Reuters

  • Team USA women's ice hockey coach Stone reacts during their practice match against Germany ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Canice Leung Reuters

  • Japanese figure skater Machida practises in preparation for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Canice Leung Reuters

  • Members of the Switzerland women's ice hockey team play soccer in front of the Shayba Arena during practice ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Canice Leung Reuters

  • Czech Republic's cross-country skier Moravcova attends a training session for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games at the "Laura" cross-country and biathlon centre in Rosa Khutor Dave Lucas Reuters

  • Kim Jun-Ho of South Korea crashes during practice at the Adler Arena in preparation for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Canice Leung Reuters

  • Germany's Geisenberger walks to the start during an unofficial women's luge progressive training at the Sanki sliding center in Rosa Khutor near Sochi Canice Leung Reuters

  • Canadian snowboarder Parrot goes over a jump during snowboard slopestyle training at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor Canice Leung Reuters

  • Ukraine's Deryzemlia takes part in a biathlon training session for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games at the "Laura" cross-country and biathlon centre in Rosa Khutor Tom Peters Thomson Reuters

  • Germany's Huefner speeds down the track during an unofficial women's luge progressive training at the Sanki sliding center in Rosa Khutor, a venue for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics near Sochi Canice Leung Reuters

  • Germany's Tatjana Huefner checks the track before an unofficial women's luge progressive training at the Sanki sliding center in Rosa Khutor, a venue for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics near Sochi Jeremy Schultz Reuters

  • Netherlands speed skating team members and an unidentified skater from France practice at the Adler Arena in preparation for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Canice Leung Reuters

  • Meite of France practices in preparation for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Canice Leung Reuters

  • Team USA's Stack gestures during their women's ice hockey team practice at the Shayba Arena ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Canice Leung Reuters

  • Canadian snowboarder McMorris waits to go on the lift during slopestyle snowboard training at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor Canice Leung Reuters

  • Ukraine's Pidhrushna takes part in a biathlon training session for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games at the "Laura" cross-country and biathlon centre in Rosa Khutor Canice Leung Reuters

  • Kelemen of Romania skates during a figure skating training session in preparation for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, in Sochi Dave Lucas Reuters

  • Team USA women's ice hockey team stretches during practice at the Shayba Arena ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Dave Lucas Reuters

  • Team Canada women's ice hockey player and Canadian flag bearer Wickenheiser rides her bicycle with teammates in front of the Bolshoy Ice Dome Dave Lucas Reuters

  • U.S. snowboarder Shaun White goes off a jump during snowboard slopestyle training at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor Dave Lucas Reuters

  • U.S. snowboarder White waits with other athletes during a breakdown of the chairlift at the slopestyle snowboard training for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor Dave Lucas Reuters

  • U.S. snowboarder Kotsenburg goes off a jump during snowboard slopestyle training at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor ExeUser ExeUser ExeUser

  • Germany's Huefner speeds down the track during an unofficial women's luge progressive training at the Sanki sliding center in Rosa Khutor, a venue for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics near Sochi Jeremy Schultz Reuters

  • Lobkov of Russia skates during a men's 500 metres speed skating training competition at the Adler Arena in preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympics Dave Lucas Reuters

  • Russia's goaltender Vinogradova catches the puck during their team's training session at the Shayba Arena in preparation for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Yuanlin Koh Reuters

  • A Japanese mogul skier trains during a night training session for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games at the extreme park in Rosa Khutor Dave Lucas Reuters