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Russia has Olympics mountain to climb with 'Putin’s Games'

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With a race against the clock to complete building works, threats of militant attacks and a controversy over an anti-gay law, Russia faces an unprecedented challenge to defeat its sceptics and hold a successful Winter Olympics in 100 days time. 

Italian bobsleigh team, Lukas Gschnitzer (front) and Giorgio Berdini train on October 15, 2013, in the French Alpine resort of La Plagne for the 2014 Winter Olympics games in Sochi

The holding of the Winter Olympics in Russia’s southern city of Sochi, one of the most ambitious projects in the history of the Olympic movement, has been championed by President Vladimir Putin as a showcase for the modern post-Soviet face of the country.

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