Early start for Sochi Olympics events

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Competition at the Sochi Olympics officially starts today, 32 hours before the opening ceremony.

The early starts are needed with 12 men's and women's medal events added since the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Today's competition includes men's snowboard slopestyle qualifying runs in the morning and women's qualifying runs in the afternoon.

Also, the new team figure skating competition begins this evening.

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