With just days to go until the start of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, IBTimesUK takes a look around the Olympic venues.

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The moon rises over the cauldron ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter OlympicsGetty
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Shaun White of the United States practises for Snowboard Slopestyle at the Extreme ParkGetty
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A sign warning of the use of snow cannons by the men's Olympic downhill courseReuters
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Steep slope ahead: The top of the Rosa Khutor ski mountainGetty
Fireworks explode over the Olympic Park during opening ceremony rehearsalsReuters
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A two-toilet double stall in the lobby of a media hotel in SochiReuters
A vehicle goes through a tunnel under the Men's Olympic Downhill course at the Rosa Khutor alpine resortReuters
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Olympic rings reflected in sunglasses of volunteer at Olympic ParkReuters
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Dazzling reflections on the side of a store in the Olympic ParkReuters
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The course area at the Alpine Skiing venueGetty
Members of the German speedskating team practise at the Adler ArenaReuters
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Members of the Russian team warm up during speedskating practice at the Adler ArenaReuters
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Mobile communication equipment is mounted on top of an artificial palm treeReuters
Athletes train on the Moguls courseGetty
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Sochi's Black Sea waterfrontGetty
Trees covered in hoarfrostReuters
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Buildings and sports venues are lit up as the sun sets over the Olympic ParkGetty
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People look at a fountain at the base of the Olympic cauldronReuters
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A worker abseils from the top of the Olympic cauldronReuters
The setting sun casts an orange glow on the Bolshoy Ice DomeGetty
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Accommodation at the athletes' villageReuters
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An aerial view of the Olympic Park, showing (clockwise from R, top) the Fisht Olympic Stadium, the Shayba Arena, the Bolshoy Ice Dome, the Ice Cube Curling Centre, the Adler Arena and the Iceberg Skating PalaceReuters