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Early start Thursday for Sochi Olympics Events

2014 Winter Olympics: What to Watch for

SOCHI, Russia (AP) -- Competition at the Sochi Olympics has begun, 32 hours before the opening ceremony.

Early starts are needed because of 12 men's and women's medal events added since the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Men's snowboard slopestyle qualifying runs - without American star Shaun White, who withdrew Wednesday - got underway Thursday 10 a.m. (0600 GMT) at X-Treme Park in the mountains above Sochi.

Women's qualifying runs were following in the afternoon, and women's moguls qualifying was scheduled to start freestyle skiing events at 6 p.m. (1400 GMT).

Men's slopestyle and women's moguls are among the first medals to be awarded Saturday.

Down in Sochi, the new team figure skating competition begins 7.30 p.m. (1530 GMT) at the Iceberg Skating Palace.

The men's short program is to be followed by the pairs.

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kmclancy1 February 06 2014 at 8:02 PM

This is going to be a disaster!!! Why not Austria? Bad decision!

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beverlyamy1 February 06 2014 at 7:12 PM

i wish rocky and drago would fight again.

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elnpet February 06 2014 at 4:42 PM

I am going to kick back [ as they say ] and enjoy the Olympics. I pray all goes well for all of the atheletes and they all go home safely. This is a wonderful time for World Lealers to get to be friends and get along. Good luck to every one who is making this possible. GO ATHELETES.

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eeodjo February 06 2014 at 3:24 PM

Here is hoping that the Russian "Steel Curtain type of Security' holds out during the Olympic events, for the sake and protection of the Olympics World Athletes. "FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE"

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adika3z February 06 2014 at 2:30 PM

oh no,
forget it about sochi winter,
ussr russia is a not important and not worth it,
cancelled now,
russia is a big bad empire country

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glojoeski February 06 2014 at 2:22 PM

So then when are the opening ceremonies....they are always so dymanic

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patatotown February 06 2014 at 2:19 PM

We hope to see most of the Olympics and hope that they will show at least the top of each sport and not just the Americans. Athletes from the entire world are of interest.

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loni February 06 2014 at 1:52 PM

I fear for the safety of all the participants. Actually for the world. Crime has become "the thing to do" so it seems. Good Luck to all the people who have given so much to their sport!

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buckeye3118 February 06 2014 at 1:50 PM

Apparently the same people who set up the Olympic games at Sochi also created PopStar MESSiahCare.

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jgesselberty February 06 2014 at 1:46 PM

I don't watch nearly as much, since the games have become essentially all professional.

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