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Sochi Summary Day 0

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No competition but here is what happened at the opening ceremony and a look ahead to the first full day of action in Sochi.

HOT TOPIC

Gay rights groups have called for an all-out boycott of the Games due to Vladimir Putin's homosexuality laws. German President Joachim Gauck explicitly cited Russia's human rights record as why he would not attend the opening ceremony but more than 40 world leaders attended the event. Although Barack Obama, David Cameron and Francois Hollande were not in attendance.

GOOD DAY

t.A.T.u might see an upsurge in downloads of their UK number one hit from 12 years ago after the Russian pop star duo performed at the ceremony.

BAD DAY

One of the five Olympic rings failed to open at the start of the ceremony, meaning the symbol could not be illuminated with fireworks as planned. In what appeared to be a technical glitch, five giant snowflake-shaped structures suspended from the roof of the Fisht Stadium failed to unfurl into a circle, and the sequence had to be abandoned.

BRITS IN ACTION

GOLD MEDALS AWARDED TODAY

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TWEET OF THE DAY

DON'T MISS TOMORROW

The men's 10km event in Biathlon could literally be a shoot-out between big guns Martin Fourcade of France and Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen. The first gold will be awarded over breakfast and Britain's Jamie Nicholls is guaranteed a spot in the inagural Slopestyle final.

BIG NAMES IN ACTION

Sven Kramer won two medals in both Turin and Vancouver and the Dutchman defends his 5000m Speed Skating title. Ole Einar Bjoerndalen is competing in the Olympic Games for the sixth and final time - the Norwegian aims for a 12th medal, in the Biathlon sprint, which would make him the joint most decorated Winter Olympian ever.

YOU HAVEN'T HEARD OF THEM BUT YOU SHOULD HAVE

The Dufour-Lapointe sisters - there are three of them in the women’s moguls finals. Chloe and Justine are genuine medal contenders while Maxime also lines up for Canada.

GOLD MEDALS ON OFFER

09:19 - Snowboarding: Men's Slopestyle Final
10:00 - Cross Country Skiing: Ladies' 7.5km + 7.5km Skiathlon
11:30 - Speed Skating: Men's 5000m
14:30 - Biathlon: Men's 10km Sprint
19:10 - Freestyle Skiing: Ladies' Moguls

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