The 'L' word heats up Olympic Village
LOVE is in the air at the Winter Olympics, where the balmy weather at the sub-tropical showpiece is not the only thing that's getting hotter.
On the eve of Valentine's Day, wedding plans were being made and hints of love affairs denied.
There's even a phone app available to help track down your soulmate on the slopes.
Chinese veteran figure skaters Pang Qing and Tong Jian, silver medallists at the 2010 Vancouver Games who were fourth in the pairs competition on Wednesday, turned their thoughts to marriage.
Pang and Tong, both 34, who started skating together as six-year-olds, are a couple off the ice, having become engaged when Tong proposed during an ice show in China.
"We haven't planned our ceremony yet, as we've been focused on our training. Now it's time for us to think about it," said Tong.
However, Valentine's Day in Sochi could be an icy one for curling couple Xu Xiaoming of China and his South Korean wife Kim Ji Sun, with the women's teams from the two countries set to clash.
"Through curling we have a lot of interaction with the Chinese female team, so I would be very happy if they won," said 29-year-old Xu, who is on the men's team.
The South Korean men's team did not qualify for Sochi so, unlike her husband, Kim, 26, has no loyalty issues. "Of course, I would cheer for the Korean team, because those are my countrymen," she said. "But I would at the same time be cheering for China because that is my husband's. In the end, I would hope for my husband that he would win."
Organisers are understood to have distributed 100,000 condoms for competitors - and there are only around 3,000 athletes.
Athletes can hook up by using dating app Tinder. "Tinder in the Olympic Village is next level," gold-medal snowboarder Jamie Anderson told Us Weekly magazine.
Experts believe that with young athletes packed into the tight security confines of the village, there will be plenty of liaisons during the Games, which run until Feb 23.