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Volume 6 No. 216
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Olympic Notes: Sochi Olympic Medals Can Withstand Heat, Crushing Force

Manufacturers said on Wednesday that medals for the Sochi Olympics "can survive extreme heat and eight tons of crushing power," less than a year after shattered medals "caused red faces" at a major Russian sports event (R-SPORT, 1/29). ... An express railway linking Beijing and the northern China city of Zhangjiakou "is expected to begin construction in 2014 and be completed in 2017." The 174-km-long line "is a cutting-edge advantage for the two cities to bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics" (XINHUA, 1/29). ... North Korea "plans to dispatch a political delegation to Russia" to attend the Sochi Olympics, even though its athletes are barred from competing as “wild cards” (KOREA TIMES, 1/29).