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The winter wonderland Russian officials had promised the sporting world burst into life on Thursday as the first events of the Sochi Olympics got underway on the eve of the opening ceremony.In the Caucasus Mountains high above Sochi, the world's best snowboarders took off, unveiling all their mesmerising, daredevil tricks against the backdrop of a brilliant blue sky and golden sun, the first time for 30 years that Winter Olympic action had taken place ahead of the opening ceremony.Russian President Vladimir Putin has staked his personal reputation on the success of the Games but for the athletes, the Games are all about the competition.While the preliminary competitions began in earnest on Thursday, the athletes will get a day off on Friday as the focus turns to the opening ceremony.More than 40 heads of state, including Putin, will attend the ceremony while a record 87 countries will be represented by athletes, plus India, whose competitors will compete under the Olympic flag because India is currently suspended by the International Olympic Committee. The first medal that will be decided will be the men's slopestyle, one of the newer, progressive sports on the Olympic Winter programme.
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