The countdown is on until the opening ceremonies kick off the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, and athletes from northeastern Ontario are arriving at the Olympic village in Sochi, Russia.

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Sudbury's Devon Kershaw will represent Canada at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Lively’s Meagan Duhamel has already had her first practice on Olympic ice, and Sudbury cross-country skier Devon Kershaw has been spotted on the Nordic course.

Hockey player Rebecca Johnston of Sudbury has been posting photos from the athlete’s village on Twitter.

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Rebecca Johnston of Sudbury will play again on the women's hockey team at the upcoming Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

But for Canada’s men's curling hopes, the route to Sochi included a stop in Switzerland.

The Jacobs rink from Sault Ste. Marie has spent the past several days in the town of Champéry. While adjusting to the time change, they’ve also been putting in practice time outside the glare of the Olympic spotlight.

The coach said it’s been great for the members of the Jacobs rink.

“It has been very relaxing,” Tom Coulterman said. “We’ve had a lot of fun here and we have still been able to practice twice a day.”

Ice time busy in Sochi

The Jacobs rink is scheduled to fly into Sochi on Tuesday, a move Coulterman said will work best for the team.

“We can’t get ice time in Sochi until Feb. 8-9, which is the two days before our first games,” he said.

“We still wanted to be one the ice throwing and practising.”

He said Switzerland was chosen because the time there is six hours ahead of Sault Ste. Marie, and added that will make adjusting to the nine hour time change in Sochi easier for the curlers.

The opening ceremonies for the Sochi 2014 games are on Friday.

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