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.
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…”
We learned you can’t bring your Pepsi sweatshirt to the Sochi games. (Russia: 1. Beverage fashion: 0.) But the Bible’s okay!
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.
A Russian snowboarder put his phone number on his helmet. Spoiler alert: Everyone texted him.
Martin Rogers visited a spa in Sochi. There were nibbling fish. And fire.
No shirt, no shoes: Protest edition:
Signs of protest (AFP/GETTY photo) pic.twitter.com/gzx2uioQVM
— Joe Fleming (@ByJoeFleming) February 7, 2014
U.S. athletes cozied into their Ralph Lauren sweaters.
I cant believe we have opening ceremonies tonight! I'm so excited! pic.twitter.com/7db4j3G0hq
— Keri Herman (@KeriHerman) February 7, 2014
— Nick Goepper (@NickGoepper) February 7, 2014
Nastia Liukin and Maria Sharapova hung out, blinding the masses with their shiny locks.
— Nastia Liukin (@NastiaLiukin) February 7, 2014
*#Slushlympics was coined -- a new contender for #SochiProblems fame:
— Joss Christensen (@josschristensen) February 7, 2014