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Sochi Olympics to use cruise ships as floating hotels

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If you’re still looking for accommodations at the Sochi Olympics, how does a cruise ship sound?

Seven cruise liners with capacities of 1,000 people each will be used as hotels for the entirety of the Games, continuing a trend set with the Sydney, Athens and London Olympics, according to RIA Novosti.

“Four of the liners will be docked in the Cruise Harbour of the Bolshoi Sochi Port, and three more at the Sochi Imeretinsky Port,” official Sergei Voitovich said, according to the report. “The ships will have three- to five-star ratings. Some of them, including cruise liners Princess Maria and Princess Anastasia, are currently serving the international St. Petersburg-Helsinki-Tallinn (Estonia)-Stockholm route.”

The cruise company’s website (in Russian) is here.

Voitovich said nightly rates will range from 4,300 rubles ($130) for a three-star double cabin (breakfast included) to 12,500 rubles ($382) for a five-star suite. It’s not expected for visitors to need more than an hour to get to venues from the ships.

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Paralympic swimmer disqualified for Olympic rings tattoo

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British Paralympic champion Josef Craig was disqualified from a race because he didn’t cover up an Olympic rings tattoo on his chest at the IPC European Championships on Sunday.

Craig, 19, was disqualified because of an International Paralympic Committee swimming rule that states, “body advertisements are not allowed in any way whatsoever (this includes tattoos and symbols).”

Craig, who did not have the tattoo when he took gold at London 2012, has since competed at the European Championships with the Olympic rings tattoo covered.

If people attend the Paralympics, which are held weeks after the Olympics at the same venues, they will very often see the Paralympic Agitos logo where the Olympic logo once appeared.

It is visual proof that the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee are separate entities.

At the London Paralympics, American Rudy Garcia-Tolson earned silver in a 200m individual medley with an Olympic rings tattoo visible near his left shoulder-blade.

An IPC spokesperson said the rule pertaining to the Paralympics — which covers all sports — was new going into 2012 and will be fully enforced for the first time in Rio.

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Missy Franklin reads emotional letter to parents (video)

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Missy Franklin broke into tears reading a letter to her parents in a mock press conference in a spot for Minute Maid, one of the four-time Olympic champion’s sponsors since turning professional a year ago.

It was filmed in April near her home in Denver.

Franklin has split time training and competing and working with companies including GoPro, Laureus, Minute Maid, Speedo, United Airlines, Visa and Wheaties.

Franklin has said the sponsor commitments will curtail in the middle of May, when she starts a blackout period to focus on training for the U.S. Olympic Trials, which are June 26-July 3 in Omaha and air on NBC Sports.

VIDEO: Franklin revisits ‘biggest sacrifice’ in GoPro series finale