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Georgian athletes land in Sochi for Olympics

February 06. 2014 4:37AM
Associated Press

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(AP) Georgian athletes have beaten political wrangling to arrive at the Sochi Olympics a day ahead of the opening ceremony.

An 11-member delegation touched down just after 11 a.m. local time (0700 GMT) on just the second flight from Tbilisi to nearby Sochi since Georgia and Russia fought a brief war in 2008.

Tension between the countries meant Georgia's Winter Olympians including three Alpine skiers and a figure skater could not be certain they would be sent to compete in Sochi.

After the short flight, Georgia's Olympic committee president Leri Khabelov said "It's a great joy for our athletes to come and participate."

The skiers landed Thursday, and figure skater Elene Gedevanishvili was expected to arrive later from the United States.

Georgia's government will not send any officials to Friday's opening ceremony.

Associated Press

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