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Olympics: Ladies first in Sochi's Black Sea bubble

Published on Feb 4, 2014 6:19 AM

SOCHI, Russia (AFP) - Kim Yu Na, Sara Takanashi and Mikaela Shiffrin have the task of dragging the Winter Olympics out of Sochi's Black Sea bubble and transforming a spectacle so long bullied by its brash summer cousin.

With the Russian resort under security lockdown, and with US$50 billion (S$63.8 billion) lavished on the Feb 7-23 showpiece, the likes of figure skater Kim, ski jumper Takanashi and teenage slalom queen Shiffrin are set to be headline-makers.

Their grace and power will undoubtedly overshadow even Ole Einar Bjoerndalen.

He's the 40-year-old Norwegian biathlete who has 11 medals stretching back to 1994 and needs just one more to join compatriot Bjorn Daehlie as the most decorated winter Olympian of all time.

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