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02/06/2014 01:54 pm ET

2014 Olympics Photos: Day 1 Of The Sochi Winter Games

Bummed you didn't get tickets to the most exciting event in winter sports this year? Can't believe you're about to miss your favorite alpine skiers? Wish you could see the bobsledding competition in real time? Don't fret. HuffPostSports and the HuffPost photo team are your eyes and ears in Sochi during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.

From a colorful luge training session to an absolutely dazzling figure skating move, here's a selection of the most memorable photographs of Day 1 of the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Check back tomorrow as we'll have even more more photos from the XXII Olympic Winter Games.

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Valentin Cretu of Romania takes part in a men's luge training session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Sanki Sliding Center on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

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Skaters from Russia, Poland and Lithuania practice during a short track speedskating practice session at the Iceberg Skating Palace ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

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Elina Suyundikova, a dancer in the 2014 Winter Olympics opening ceremony, watches the sunset along the Black Sea while returning from a rehearsal on the eve of the performance and the games' official opening, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

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Maylin Wende and Daniel Wende of Germany compete in the team pairs short program figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

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Czech Republic's Yaroslav Soukup skis during a Biathlon training session at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

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Members of the Russian honor guard salute during a welcome ceremony for the Austrian Olympic team at the Mountain Olympic Village prior to the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

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David Moeller of Germany prepares to start a run during a training session for the men's singles luge at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

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Ryan Stassel of the United States competes in the Men's Slopestyle Qualification during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

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Bobsledder Pawel Mroz, right, and luger Karol Mikrut, both of Poland, do a handstand for a photograph on Rosa Peak, 2320 meters above sea level, at Rosa Khutor ski resort in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014.

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France's Perrine Laffont jumps during qualifying in the women's moguls at the Rosa Kutor Exreme Park ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

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