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IOC visit Sochi again to check on preparations

Winner of this event, Germany relay team member Miriam Gossner competes during the women's 4X6 km Relay at the Laura biathlon stadium in the Olympic mountain cluster during the IBU World Cup Biathlon in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, March 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

SOCHI, Russia (AP) -- With the Olympics less than a year away, IOC inspectors are visiting Sochi again to check on preparations for the 2014 Winter Games.

The IOC coordination commission, headed by Jean-Claude Killy, began two days of meetings and site visits Tuesday in the Black Sea resort.

It is the panel's ninth and second-to-last trip to Sochi before the opening of the games on Feb. 7, 2014. Russia is spending more than $50 billion on venues and infrastructure projects to prepare for its first Winter Games.

Also taking part in this week's meetings are leaders of the seven winter sports federations on the Olympic program.

The IOC says talks will cover games operations, the torch relay, technology and the "client experience" for athletes, national Olympic committees, spectators and media.