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:
|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.