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Olympic competition underway

Sochi, Russia -- After qualifying rounds for some events in the Winter Olympics began Thursday, athletes have the day off from competition Friday as they prepare for the opening ceremonies.

The ceremonies begin just after 11 a.m. EST (8 p.m. Sochi time) Friday.

American women tore up the course in the Olympic debut of slopestyle snowboarding Thursday. Jamie Anderson and Karly Shorr each qualified for Sundays final. Three American men qualified for their final as well.

American figure skaters got off to a rough start in the team event Thursday night. Jeremy Abbott fell and finished seventh, but the pair of Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir helped the team recover to finish the night tied for fifth overall.

The first medals will be awarded Saturday.

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