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"I’m really excited," said Hendrickson, the reigning world champion who has recovered from a serious knee injury nearly six months ago. "When I was younger, I didn’t like competing at all. I always got stressed out. But now it’s a huge motivation for me. I actually miss the pressure and miss the excitement of competing and having a good jump in competition, so hopefully that will turn out for me in Sochi."

She’s not the only one hoping for good things.

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"I want to assure you that we will do everything so that Sochi is a hospitable home for all the participants, for all the guests," Putin said. "The main task is to make the Sochi Games a celebration for all sport lovers in the world. We will do everything to hold the Olympic Games at the very highest level."

The world shall soon see.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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