Competition at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics begins in less than two weeks.
As athletes from around the world prepare to converge on the Black Sea resort city, there is a battle underway for the image and message of the Sochi games.
"I'm sure that everything will be ok because you can see that security procedures are real tough," Vladimir Cherkasov, Bolshoi Venue Manager.
On the one hand, Vladimir Putin, the Russian Government.
They want to show how strong and efficient they are.
That they were able to build an Olympic city where there was none and hold the games safely, even close to the Caucasus.
On the other hand, you have the Islamic militants, who want to show how strong and relevant they are.
"I take it seriously, all the threats, but, having said that, I don't think that at this point one should get panicky or one should run away from Sochi," said Dmitry Trenin, Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center.
Caught between these two sides are all the athletes and all the spectators, and what might be lost is that feeling of Olympic spirit.