The opening ceremonies aren't until tomorrow, and the flame has yet to be lit, but the first events of the Sochi Winter Olympics are already under way. American star Shaun White suffered an injury in slope-style snowboarding, but others have qualified. Team ice-dancing is under way for the first time. Yet, as the athletes take center stage, there's still tall about terror threats, the assault on gay rights, unfinished hotel rooms, stray dogs and financial corruption. Did President Obama pass up an opportunity by staying home? Will the Gold Medal for diplomacy go to Russian President Vladimir Putin?
Let the Games Begin
Christopher Clarey - New York Times - @christophclarey, David Wallechinsky - International Society of Olympics Historians - @westwood1sports, Edward Lozansky - American University in Moscow - @EdwardLozansky, Sean Gregory - Time magazine - @seanmgregory