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Olympic fans cheer for athletes at Sochi with flags, costumes, signs (17 photos)

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The 2014 Sochi Olympics might be hosted thousands of miles away, but everyone is cheering for their team. Technically, the athletes can’t hear or see everyone around the world so only those fans in Sochi are making an impact. Not to worry! It appears that some of the loudest and most committed fans are in Russia representing the world. According to the Washington Post on Monday, there aren't as many fans in Sochi as previous Winter Games, but the people who have shown up are feisty.

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The passion for every fan makes perfect sense. After arriving at the Winter Olympics, taking care of security and getting settled, it’s time to turn the focus to the competition. After all, that is why a fan would fly thousands of miles to see the games if it wasn't to cheer on the favored athletes?

To be the biggest fan at the Olympics, it appears that there are a few essentials needed. One is face paint. Fans who go all out are usually the folks who paint their face the colors of their country. If that’s a bit much, then the costumes are next on the list. From the elaborate headgear to the country colors on a jumpsuit, there is are so many variations. Finally, there is the issue of country flags. Big flags, little flags and every size flag in-between should be part of the fan’s special.

Take a look at the photo slideshow of some of the most dedicated fans found at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Cheering on their countrymen and making a memory in the process, these fans are dedicated to impact the sporting event in their very own unique way!

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