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Solitary beachgoers stroll on a pier along the Black Sea. A woman sweeps the walk in front of a boardwalk souvenir shop. Police stand watch on rainy streets as the Olympic rings greet travelers leaving Sochi's central train station.

With the winter games less than two weeks away, the stage is being set for athletes from more than 80 countries to compete for Winter Olympics gold in the coastal Russian city.

Here is a look at quiet moments in Sochi before the games begin.

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