As I begin my article, I would like to welcome my new readers who are following me from all across the world as I cover the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. I see that I have quite a few reader from as near as my Canadian neighbors and as far as Australia and Brazil. It is quite an honor to have a global reader base during the next two weeks. Be sure to subscribe this blog in order to receive alerts when I do post.
Today's the first day of the "real" competition during the Winter Olympics in Sochi even though there were some venues competing before the Opening Ceremonies. By now, everyone's been able to watch the full Opening Ceremonies and focusing on their favorite sports that I want to watch during the next two weeks of competition.
The issues that Sochi has been experiencing has not completely gone away especially if you are bobsledder Johnny Quinn from Team USA and you are staying at one of the hotels in Sochi.
— Becky Rios Morrison (@beckythebarber) February 8, 2014
— ESPN.co.uk (@ESPNUK) February 8, 2014
It sounds like that Sochi's hotel issues are still on the forefront in my Twitter feed instead of the Olympics. The media is still dealing with various issues as the games get underway.
— JP Valdes (@jpvaldes) February 8, 2014
The shower at the race hotel in Mallorca has a mind of its own and it got way hot for a second. Is that newsworthy? #sochi2014
— Phil Gaimon (@philgaimon) February 8, 2014
— Sally Jenkins (@sallyjenx) February 7, 2014
— FOX Sports 1 (@FOXSports1) February 8, 2014
I have found that reading the Social Media feed on Twitter really places a whole different perspective on these Winter Olympic games. There have some very heartfelt moments that I would not find anywhere.
Competitive slopestyle changed today in #Sochi2014. Congratulations @sagekotsenburg! http://t.co/grO0cA8KSf @APOsnow pic.twitter.com/e9zdLRRpnz — Snowboarder Magazine (@Snowboardermag) February 8, 2014
The athletes even took time to have a little bit of fun when they are not competing during the Winter Olympics.
But there were some moments as well when the athletes dealt with adversity during competition.
— Paul Waldie (@pwaldieGLOBE) February 8, 2014
I also learned that you do not have to worry about security protection during the Olympic games.
— Mary Pilon (@marypilon) February 8, 2014
I have found that the Russians and US have some issues with the media coverage of Opening Ceremonies yesterday in two different versions of disrespect.
— CNBC (@CNBC) February 8, 2014
There were also some very breathtaking moments that took place during the first day of competition.
— Globe Olympics (@GlobeOlympics) February 8, 2014
— Nick Hope (@NickHopeBBC) February 8, 2014
— Hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) February 8, 2014
And some moments that brought a huge smile to my face.
— Andrew Nichols (@5centsportsfan) February 8, 2014
That's all for today. I will definitely have more to write about tomorrow.