While you were sleeping: Day 1 in Sochi

Danielle Paquette
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A general view of the Mountains ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor athletes village on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

While the United States slept, things were busy on the other side of the globe. Here is our recap of everything Olympics you may have missed overnight.

Details emerged about the Opening Ceremony: There would be fireworks — about 3,500 fireworks, we heard. Russian band tATu — the pop duo who famously sang about two schoolgirls in love (and led this kissing party at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards) — performed, despite Russian president Vladimir Putin’s anti-LGBT laws. More here.

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Google made an equal rights statement on its homepage, quoting the Olympic charter: “Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind…”


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We learned you can’t bring your Pepsi sweatshirt to the Sochi games. (Russia: 1. Beverage fashion: 0.) But the Bible’s okay!

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A thing known as “Putin World” exists. However, in theme with #SochiProblems, it’s not finished.
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An Indian luger fell off his sled at full speed, regained control and finished the race. You’ve got to see it to believe it.

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A Russian snowboarder put his phone number on his helmet. Spoiler alert: Everyone texted him.



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There's a huge nesting doll on the slopestyle course.

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Martin Rogers visited a spa in Sochi. There were nibbling fish. And fire.

 

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No shirt, no shoes: Protest edition:

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U.S. athletes cozied into their Ralph Lauren sweaters.

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Nastia Liukin and Maria Sharapova hung out, blinding the masses with their shiny locks.
 

*#Slushlympics was coined -- a new contender for #SochiProblems fame: