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Record 88 countries to compete in the Winter Olympics

Record 88 countries to compete in the Winter Olympics

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ADLER, RUSSIA - JANUARY 20: A woman and a police officer walk in front of Bolshoy Ice Dome in the Coastal Cluster on January 20, 2014 in Alder, Russia. The region will host the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics which start on February 6th, 2014. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)

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by CBS News

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Posted on February 2, 2014 at 3:56 PM

SOCHI, Russia - Athletes from 88 countries are set to compete in Sochi, a record for the Winter Olympics.

The IOC released the final list of national Olympic committees that will be participating in the Sochi Games, which open Friday.

The previous record was set at the 2010 Vancouver Games, where 82 national teams took part.

Among those competing in the Winter Games for the first time is the southern African nation of Zimbabwe, represented by Alpine skier Luke Steyn.

Togo and Morocco have also qualified.

Three athletes from India will be competing as "independent participants" under the Olympic flag. Their national Olympic committee remains suspended by the IOC pending election of new officials.

A total of about 3,000 athletes will be competing in 98 medal events.

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