Events Starting Before the Opening Ceremony

Events started today at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, 1 day before the Opening Ceremony. This is the first time this has happened at the Winter Olympics since 1984, but the 6th time it has happened overall. The years in which competition started before the Opening Ceremony are as follows:

Year Venue Opening Events Start
1964 Innsbruck 29 January 27 January
1968 Grenoble 6 February 4 February
1976 Innsbruck 4 February 3 February
1980 Lake Placid 13 February 12 February
1984 Sarajevo 8 February 7 February

Note that in 1964 and 1968, events actually started 2 days before the Opening Ceremony.

This is the first time since 1972 that Winter Olympic events started on a Thursday – it also happened in 1932, 1936, 1952, 1956, and 1960.

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