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Special Sochi Edition: 14 photos from Russian sports stars

Today's special edition of 'A Week In Russia' is created from the Instagram photos of prominent Russian Olympic athletes. Let's see the Sochi Winter Games through their eyes.
By Ksenia Isaeva, RBTH
Elena Nikitina
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Elena Nikitina

Team Russia’s morning training session starts off with a group photo in front of the Olympic rings in this mountain town. Everybody’s ready for the Olympics! Click the link to see the layout of all Olympic sites in Sochi.

Elena Isinbaeva

Elena Isinbaeva

The Russian speed skater, Ivan Skobrev, German speed skater and 5-time Olympic champion, Claudia Pechstein (on left), and Elena Isinbaeva, a Russian athlete and head of the House of Russian Fans in Sochi. It looks like they’re discussing something interesting. Perhaps it’s the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony? See how it all went down: see pictures, Instagrams, and Tweets in our broadcast.

Ivan Skobrev

Ivan Skobrev

This is how the manager of the Russian women’s hockey team, Alexei Yashin, prepared for the match against Japan. The Japanese played in black uniforms. Alexei ate more black caviar than his Japanese colleague did. Another Russian victory! If you’re already in Sochi, there are 7 ways to grab a snack in the Olympic capital

Ilya Kovalchuk

Ilya Kovalchuk

A photo from hockey player Ilya Kovalchuk’s Instagram account: “We’re getting ready for the Games. Everything’s according to plan.” You can find out what the Russian team’s chances are for winning the gold in hockey here.

Elena Nikitina

Elena Nikitina

Preparing for the Olympics can be fun, too. Elena Nikitina and Sergey Chudinov, Russia’s masters at the skeleton, take a souvenir photograph. Perhaps this photo will go down in history. Check out our gallery to see which heroes of past Olympic games we are proud of.

Elena Isynbaeva

Elena Isynbaeva

Olympic days for the head of the House of Russian Fans in Sochi, Elena Isinbaeva: a meeting with British Princess Royal Anne. You can hear the opinion of a regular Brit who also happens to be a Sochi volunteer from our blog.

Elena Nikitina

Elena Nikitina

Some athletes are already in the thick of the fight for medals. In this photo, Elena Nikitina during skeleton competitions. If you want to support your Olympians, you have to learn the Olympic anthems. Check out a selection of songs in our podcast.

Maxim Trankov

Maxim Trankov

Here’s a chance to sneak a peek backstage at the Olympics! In the Russian House athletes can relax and rest a little after training and competitions. And here’s something else you won’t see on TV: RBTH spent a whole day with Sochi volunteers.

Nikita Katcapalov

Nikita Katcapalov

Russian figure skater, Yuri Larionov, is ready to beat everybody with his calisthenics. Unfortunately, Evgeny Plyushenko, Russia's hope for men's skating, won't have the chance to make his way to the medals pedestal. Why not? Find out from our review.

Ksenia Stolbova

Ksenia Stolbova

Team Russia’s first victories. Figure skaters took the gold for team competitions and figure skater, Ksenia Solbova, thanked everybody for their support on Instagram. These are some of the most unyielding and talented athletes are on the ice. Some of the youngest, too! Find out more about Yulia Lipnitskaya, the 15 year-old gold medalist at the Sochi Olympics.

Elena Isinbaeva

Elena Isinbaeva

"A cup of tea with IOC President Thomas Bach during his visit to my village" - Elena Isinbaeva, head of the Russian House, shares her impressions on Instagram. You can find out more about what’s happening in the House of Russian Fans in our blog.

Ksenia Stolbova

Ksenia Stolbova

A photo with the president. Russian figure skaters with Vladimir Putin after being awarded the gold in team figure skating. Click this link to learn about the long, hard preparation Russian figure skaters have to go through to get ready for the Olympics.

Tatiana Volosozhar

Tatiana Volosozhar

On February 11, figure skaters Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov broke the world record for points earned after their short program. They then won their long-awaited gold medal, while a second Russian pair, Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov, took the silver. You can find out how the Sochi 2014 Olympic medals are made

Pavel Datsuik

Pavel Datsuik

Part of the Russian hockey team’s group photo: Alexander Ovechkin, coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov, and team capitan Pavel Datsyuk. If you can’t pronounce the last name of the Russian coach and former hockey player, Zinetula Bilyletdnov, check out our guide to Russian hockey and you’ll have all the resources you need.

February 14, 2014
Tags: sochi2014, olympic games

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