Feb 6, 2014 at 8:38 am
Competition at the Sochi (SOH'-chee) Olympics is officially starting today, hours before the opening ceremony.
Early starts are needed with 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 - are beginning today at X-Treme Park in the mountains above Sochi.
Women's qualifying runs follow and women's moguls qualifying is scheduled to start freestyle skiing events.
Men's slopestyle and women's moguls are among the first medals to be awarded Saturday.
In Sochi, the new team figure skating competition begins at the Iceberg Skating Palace.