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Questions Remain About Russia's Readiness for Olympics

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Ready or not here they come.

U.S. athletes arrive ready for Sochi, but the question is "Is Sochi, ready for them?"

"I think that really our job here is to focus on what we can control and what we can do and that's how we're going to perform at our first Olympics," says Maia Shibutani, Team USA Ice Dancing.

Russia's performance as a host country is on the line.

Its original estimated cost of the games was $12 billion. Now it's more than $50 billion - the most expensive Olympics ever.

"When you start to think about hotels and all of the infrastructure that goes with it - roads, sewer, water, electricity...." comments Roger McCarthy.

Images this week showed some of the 40,000 new hotel rooms less than ready.

Questions came even as the head of the games promised Sochi will be the "safest place on earth during the Olympics."

"I think it will be as safe as you can make any large, public event in a place where obviously we know there have been some threats as late."

The latest security concerns came Wednesday when the U.S. warned airlines flying directly to Russia to be aware that explosives could be taken on planes in toothpaste containers. A law enforcement official says the threat concern is specific to the start of the Games with opening ceremonies now just hours away.

A number of prominent world leaders including President Obama are staying away from the Winter Olympics. But organizers say they are still expecting 65 people who are either heads of state or who lead international organizations to be there.

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