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Some athletes skip opening to rest up for events
Figure skaters, hockey players among those skipping opening ceremony to get their rest
By JIMMY GOLEN
Associated Press
2014-02-07 11:22 PM

SOCHI, Russia (AP) -- Many athletes at the Sochi Olympics are deciding to stay off their feet for the opening ceremony because they'll be on their skates or skis the next day.

Several figure skaters say they're skipping the ceremony's spectacular but tedious parade of athletes to rest up for their competition on Saturday. The women's hockey teams from Finland and the United States, who play at noon on Saturday, also have said they'll watch the show on TV instead. Many men's hockey players are still with their NHL teams and haven't even left for Russia yet.

Athletes have to line up an hour or more before the opening ceremony starts, and they could still be on their feet five hours later.

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