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2014 U.S. Olympic athletes tweet updates from Sochi

The 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia will begin officially on Feb. 7, with some preliminary round action scheduled for Feb. 6.
The 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia will begin officially on Feb. 7, with some preliminary round action scheduled for Feb. 6.
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With just six days remaining until the 2014 Olympic Games officially open, members of Team USA who have already arrived in in Sochi, Russia updated fans and followers with a collection of Feb. 1 tweets that touched on everything from the best game in the Olympic village to the beauty of their surroundings.

Three-time Olympic long track speed skater Maria Lamb, who scored the nation's only berth in the women's 5,000 meter event, enthusiastically shared her plans for the day, tweeting "It's a gorgeous day in #Sochi and I'm about to go #speedskate on my favorite ice! :-)."

Skeleton athlete John Daly also shared his plans for the afternoon, which included "Just enjoying the village life" while getting an up close and personal view of the Olympic rings.

Other U.S. Olympians enjoyed some downtime in the village. Daly's skeleton teammate Katie Uhlaender shared a snapshot of Kyle Tress and Matt Antoine posing alongside what she termed her "favorite game" at the costal village: Rambo. Long track speed skater Heather Richardson posted a picture of herself and fellow athletes engaged in a "friendly game of taboo."

Networking took the cake for some athletes, as long track speed skater Patrick Meek shared a photo of himself and short track skaters Kyle Carr and J.R. Celski rubbing elbows with IOC President Thomas Bach, who Meek termed a "super nice guy."

Yet others simply took in their surroundings. Freeskier Nick Goepper marveled over the slopestyle course, which he called "HUGE. #tothemoon #teamusa #landsonthemoon," while long track skater Shani Davis offered up lavish praise for his temporary home, tweeting "the olympic village is basically the coolest place on earth. wish i could live here more than once every four years! #mycountryistheworld"

2014 Olympic Winter Games action kicks off Feb. 6 with women's moguls qualifications, snowboard slopestyle qualifications, and the first portion of the brand new figure skating team event, with the opening ceremonies following on Feb. 7.