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All Sochi Olympic venues off limits to foreign athletes beginning Nov. 19

Sep 16, 2013, 4:05 PM EST

Sanki Sliding Center Reuters

This winter will allow Russian Olympic hopefuls to accrue as much of a home-ice and home-snow advantage as possible.

By Nov. 19, non-Russian athletes will be banned from training at Sochi’s Olympic venues, according to R-Sport.

The Sanki Sliding Center, in particular, home of bobsled, luge and skeleton, could be key for the Russians. A comfortable feel for sliding tracks is a major boost for pilots, and Russia is strong (but not the best nation) in sliding sports. Open training at the center will run from Nov. 8-19.

“(That) will be the last training session,” said Dmitry Chernyshenko, president of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, according to R-Sport. “Then all the facilities will be closed to give our athletes the chance to train.”

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