Five things to know about the Sochi Olympics today
Fast five, Thursday edition: Things you'll want to know about the 2014 Winter Olympics. WTHR's crew is already in Sochi, Russia and they'll have reports for you on Sunrise, noon, 5/6/11 pm on Eyewitness News throughout the games. Be sure to watch our Olympic Zone show at 7:30 pm weeknights, 8:00 pm Saturday for an inside look!
1. NBC will be live streaming figure skating from 10:30 am to 1:55 pm - Men's short program: Jeremy Abbott, Pairs short program: Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir
Marquee event of the first day of competition featuring Patrick Chan and Yuzuru Hanyu. The top 5 out of 10 teams after the women's and ice dance short programs will advance to compete in the long programs.
2. SECURITY: It's foremost on many minds as Olympic competition begins and thousands stream into the Black Sea resort city. The Russian government says it's doing all it can to ensure safety, and on Thursday a deputy prime minister went even further. "We can guarantee the safety of the people as well as any other government hosting a mass event," said Dmitry Kozak.
3. TOOTHPASTE: It's the latest item to fall under scrutiny after the U.S. Homeland Security Department warned airlines flying to Russia that terrorists might try to smuggle explosives on board hidden in toothpaste tubes. The threat was passed onto airlines that have direct flights to Russia, including some that originate in the United States, a law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity told The Associated Press.
4. SNOWBOARDING: It begins, but without marquee name Shaun White, the world's most famous snowboarder. He pulled out of slopestyle, a new Olympic event, to concentrate on the halfpipe, where he'll have a chance to win his third straight title next week. After practice slopestyle runs, White said: "The potential risk of injury is a bit too much for me to gamble my other Olympics goals on."
5. OPENING CEREMONY APPROACHES: Friday night's opening ceremony will showcase Russia to the world on its own terms - a storyline intended to impress the many nations in attendance and allow President Vladimir Putin to put forth the message he's been trumpeting for months now: that his country has successfully combined its storied history with modern innovation and is ready for anything. The intended audience is as much Russians as it is the rest of the world.