Olympics: While the games begin in SOCHI, Russia, The 2014 Winter Olympics got underway Thursday the 22nd Winter Games started with crystal clear temperature just below 20 degrees.
These Olympics are an 18-day competition beginning with qualifying in the men and women slope-style events, qualifying in women's freestyle skiing moguls and team figure skating. Both the slope-style competitions and the team figure skating are new events to this year's program, during which 98 gold medals will be awarded.
Opening ceremonies for these games will be on Friday @ 11 a.m. EST and the first full day of competition will take place on Saturday with five medal events.
"The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play." –Olympic Charter