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Putin says Russia's Sochi 'risk' paid off

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President Vladimir Putin acknowledged Monday that Russia had taken a risk in hosting the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi but insisted the country pulled off the feat of showing a new face to the world. 

Vladimir Putin (left) speaks with figure skater Adelina Sotnikova during a meeting with Winter Olympics competitors from Russia in Sochi on February 24, 2014

After a build-up dogged by concerns over Russia's human rights record and an alarming race against the clock to finish construction on time, the Games themselves won gushing praise from the International Olympic Committee.

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