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Shira Springer/Globe Staff
Forget the so-called “ring of steel,” the Sochi Olympics exist in a bubble of quirky, often incongruous activity.
Women march around the medals plaza in a drumline.
The medals ceremonies draw big crowds and come with shine bright with plenty of light effects.
Cheerleaders waived blue pompoms from the steps between seating sections during a hockey game.
Kristin Caplice, right, of Boston, traveled to Sochi for the Games. "We haven’t had a single worry since we’ve been here," she said.
Performance artists try to drum up enthusiasm in the mountains at Gorki Plaza, though there are no crowds.
With fewer people, organizers are working hard to pump up the atmosphere along the coast in the Olympic Park and in the mountains at Gorki Plaza.
A knife store is open in a new mountain mall despite threats of terrorism.
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