International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Thomas Bach says the best conditions possible are in place for a record-breaking Winter Olympics.
Bach said before the opening ceremony in Sochi the world can expect "a great Games", and that he was sure the atmosphere he had experienced meeting athletes in the Olympic village will spill over to spectators.
Bach, at his first Games since being elected IOC president in September, will take his place in the just-built Fisht Stadium alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin for the eagerly-awaited opening ceremony.
Bach again batted away questions on security and Russia's law on gay "propaganda" to minors, highlighting some of the records about to be set in Sochi.
The Olympics will be shown in more than 200 countries with some 75,000 broadcasting hours planned - more than for the 2008 summer Games in Beijing, Bach said.
Athletes "will have the best conditions possible for great achievements here in Sochi", he said.
"We can expect a great Games. The stage is set. The sun is shining on the Games and the athletes."
A record 87 nations are taking part, while three Indian athletes are competing under the Olympic flag following their national Olympic committee's suspension.
The Games will open under heavy security after terrorism threats and December's deadly bombing in Volgograd.
But Bach highlighted similar threats at past Games and said he was convinced the atmosphere in Sochi would not suffer.
"The athletes I have met feel very comfortable that the atmosphere is good and I am sure this atmosphere will spill over to the audience and the Games," he said.
More than 40 heads of state and government are in Sochi for the opening ceremony but several world leaders have stayed away amid controversies over human rights.