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Sochi 2014 kicks off today

For the first time in 30 years, the Winter Olympics are being kicked-off before the actual opening ceremony, which is scheduled to take place at the Fisht stadium on Friday 7th February. This year’s winter Olympics in Russia, Sochi 2014,  have reportedly cost around £30billion to stage and have finally began with the snowboard slopestyle and figure skating events. The British Olympians are attempting to qualify for the finals of the snowboard slopestyle and figure skating as it is only the qualifying stages before the opening ceremony.

Jamie Nicholls reaches the Sochi 2014 slopestyle final

Great Britain’s snowboarder Jamie Nicholls managed to deliver a wonderful second run in the opening event of the winter Olympics Sochi 2014 in order to secure his position for the snowboard slopestyle final. In his first run of Sochi 2014, he managed to finish in seventh position, but his second run was simply mesmerising as he scored 86.75 to move up to fourth place, therefore grabbing him a position in the final. In each heat, the top four snowboarders automatically reach the final; the other snowboarders must fight for the remaining 8 places via a semi-final at the weekend.

Elsewhere, so far in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, Nicholls’ team-mate in the snowboarding slopestyle event, Billy Morgan finished in 6th place, meaning that he will have to perform again in the semi-final on Saturday. In the women’s version of the competition, Britain’s Jenny Jones and Aimee Fuller both have to go to the semi-finals before reaching the finals. Jones finished in 5th place, missing out on an automatic pass to the final by one position and a matter of 4.75 points, whilst Fuller finished 10th and will need to put up a good fight in order to reach the final.

Whilst Great Britain have been quite successful having one participant automatically reaching the Sochi 2014 snowboarding slopestyle final and the other three going to the semi-final, the figure skating is yet to begin. The figure skating event is scheduled to begin at English time 15:30 for the men and at 17:10 for the pairs. So far, Great Britain have got off to a decent start and are on their way to capture their targeted 3-7 podium finishes, with the previous record for Team GB being a total of 4 medals won at the winter Olympics.

Author Daniel Foster.
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