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All Sochi Olympic venues off limits to foreign athletes beginning Nov. 19

Sanki Sliding Center

Jake Hyrns (top) and Andrew Sherk of the U.S. speed down the track during their luge World Cup test event at the “Sanki” sliding center in the winter sport resort of Rosa Khutor, a venue for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics near Sochi February 23, 2013. The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics opens on February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (RUSSIACITYSCAPE OLYMPICS - Tags: SPORT LUGE OLYMPICS)

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This winter will allow Russian Olympic hopefuls to accrue as much of a home-ice and home-snow advantage as possible.

By Nov. 19, non-Russian athletes will be banned from training at Sochi’s Olympic venues, according to R-Sport.

The Sanki Sliding Center, in particular, home of bobsled, luge and skeleton, could be key for the Russians. A comfortable feel for sliding tracks is a major boost for pilots, and Russia is strong (but not the best nation) in sliding sports. Open training at the center will run from Nov. 8-19.

"(That) will be the last training session,” said Dmitry Chernyshenko, president of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, according to R-Sport. “Then all the facilities will be closed to give our athletes the chance to train.”

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