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Ski-suited Putin launches Olympic inspections

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev took to the slopes above Sochi on Friday. They inspected part of the facilities that will be used for the winter Olympics, which the city will host in February. The two were briefed by Olympics officials and surprised some athletes with their visit. Russia is spending more than $50 billion on the Sochi games. But the build-up to the event has been marred by violence. Two suicide bombings killed 34 people this week in Russia, highlighting the threat from Islamist insurgents who have vowed to disrupt the Games. The International Olympic Committee says it's confident Russia will be able to provide proper security during the Games. Putin has staked his reputation on the Sochi Olympics. He wants to use the event to showcase his country's modern face. The success -- or failure -- of the Games w

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