Call it a soft launch from the snows of Sochi.
The Winter Olympics began Thursday, one day before the Opening Ceremonies, with a series of a events that featured some brilliant skating.
Here's a summary:
Rising son: A new event, team skating, stole the headlines. Evgeni Plushenko was brilliant for Russia, but Japan's 19-year-old Yuzuru Hanyu was even better in the first day of competition with a whopping score of 97.98.
97.98? Hey, sounds like our high school grades at WNCN.com, right?
Quick quiz: So, what body of water is Sochi on?
Hey, that's my toothpaste!: The U.S. Homeland Security has warned that terrorists might use toothpaste tubes to smuggle in explosives, but Associated Press reporters had little trouble breezing through security in Moscow.
Slopestyle debuts: Shaun White decided not to compete, but there was no shortage of top scores as Olympic slopestyle makes its entry into the Olympic books. Eight riders had scores in the 90s , led by Max Parrott of Canada.
In the Zone: Be sure to check out WNCN's Olympic Zone, which debuts Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m. The show will feature tons of coverage from Sochi. It runs Feb. 6 and Feb. 8 the first week, and is then on Monday through Saturday for the rest of the games.
And be sure to watch for WNCN's Phil Sanchez, who will try his hand at Olympic sports.
Big ceremony Friday: Sochi is nine hours ahead of the Eastern United State, so Friday's Opening Ceremonies will be at 11 am. Eastern. And, of course, you can see full coverage from NBC Friday night on WNCN. There are no competitions scheduled for Friday.
And the answer is …: The Black Sea. Sochi is right on the northeast part of the Black Sea. Got an A on that, right?