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Georgian skiers from left: Iason Abramishvili, Nino Tsiklauri and IAlexi Banianidze pose for photos before their departure to Sochi, at Tbilisi Airport in Georgia, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. The Georgian Olympic team left for Sochi on Thursday following a decision not to boycott the Sochi Winter Olympics, a subject that stirred a lot of controversy in Georgian society.  (AP Photo/ Shakh  Aivazov)
Georgian skiers from left: Iason Abramishvili, Nino Tsiklauri and IAlexi Banianidze pose for photos before their departure to Sochi, at Tbilisi Airport in Georgia, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. The Georgian Olympic team left for Sochi on Thursday following a decision not to boycott the Sochi Winter Olympics, a subject that stirred a lot of controversy in Georgian society. (AP Photo/ Shakh Aivazov)
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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.


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