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Olympic ski slopes in Sochi get real test

Published time: February 12, 2011 10:07
Edited time: February 12, 2011 13:39

The first tests of the Olympic ski slopes have kicked off in southern Russia's city of Sochi as it gears up for the 2014 winter games.

­On Saturday, the Black Sea resort hosts the Russian Cup in alpine skiing.

The first international competition at the venue – the European Cup – will start next week and last until the end of February.

Over one 160 athletes, representing Russia and other nations from across the continent, are taking part.