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Five athletes share their Olympic journey

Updated: February 7, 2013, 11:46 PM ET
By Sarah Spain

On Wednesday, the first Olympic rings went up in front of the airport in Sochi, Russia. Standing roughly 30 feet tall and 50 feet long, the rings are a big, brightly lit reminder that we're one year from the start of the 2014 Winter Games. Not that any Sochi hopefuls need a reminder.

Fans may tune in to events like the skeleton or curling only every four years, but the athletes who dream of competing in the Winter Games work at their craft year-round every year, not just when the Olympics ...

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