The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia begin tonight at 8pm on Channel 3 with two spots making their Olympic debut!
• Figure Skating Team Event - Men's and Pairs' Short Program: For the first time in Olympic history, figure skaters of all four disciplines - men, ladies, pairs and ice dancing - compete in a team format, representing the 10 countries with the strongest all-around squads. The first athletes to take the ice in Sochi are the men and pairs teams for the short program.
• Snowboarding - Men's and Women's Slopestyle Competition: Slopestyle, a new judged event in which riders perform tricks and high-flying jumps over a downhill course, makes its debut in Sochi, promising to bring to the Games the same excitement that has characterizes snowboard halfpipe. In the men's event, Shaun White, the two-time reigning Olympic champion in halfpipe, has withdrawn due to injury. He has recently been challenged by a cadre of young rivals, including 20-year-old Canadian phenom Mark McMorris. In the women's event, 23-year-old Jamie Anderson of South Lake Tahoe has long been the leading figure and is favored to win the event's first Olympic gold.
• Women's Freestyle Skiing - Moguls Competition: Hannah Kearney begins her attempt to become her sport's first repeat champion tonight. Since winning gold in Vancouver, Kearney has dominated women's moguls, capturing the 2013 world title and the moguls World Cup title the past three seasons. The U.S. has a strong team behind Kearney, including Vancouver Olympian Heather McPhie.
Before the games, be sure to join Channel 3's Jim Donovan in the O-Zone, our special half-hour Olympic preview show. Tonight Jim will be joined by local figure skating great Tonia Kwiatkowski to preview this year's skating events. And we'll look at the top sports story lines heading into these winter games.
For complete coverage of the games, visit our Olympic website.