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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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Russian pairs skater slices leg in worlds practice, needs 10 stitches (video)

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Russian pairs skater Yevgenia Tarasova needed 10 stitches after her partner’s skate sliced her leg in practice Wednesday.

Hours later, Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov skated to third place in the short program at the world championships in Helsinki.

“We were thinking about withdrawing because after this incident we left the ice immediately, there was a long break off the ice, we didn’t know how I would feel in skates,” Tarasova said afterward. “But when I was asked, ‘Will you skate?’ I said, ‘I will!’ And I wasn’t thinking about the pain during our performance.”

Morozov called her “a hero.”

In Thursday’s free skate, Tarasova and Morozov will be largely tasked with keeping Russia from going three straight years without world championships pairs medalists, which would be the longest drought for Soviet and Russian pairs since their dominance began in the 1960s.

Tarasova and Morozov trail Chinese leaders Sui Wenjing and Han Cong by 1.86 points and second-place Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany by .47.

Another Russian pair is in fifth place going into the free skate (1 p.m. ET, NBCSN, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app).

Full worlds short program results are here.

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World Cup champ lands first quad cork 1800 (video)

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Switzerland’s Andri Ragettli landed what’s being touted as the first ski quad cork 1800 in a video published recently.

Ragettli, 18, is one of the leading slopestyle skiers in the world. He won the World Cup season title in 2015-16 and placed second this year, in addition to fifth- and sixth-place finishes at the last two Winter X Games.

Previously, Ragettli became the first slopestyle skier to land back-to-back triples in a full competition at the 2016 Winter X Games, according to ESPN.com.

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