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Norway's Staale Sandbech performs a jump during the men's slopestyle snowboarding qualifying session at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games.

Norway's Staale Sandbech performs a jump during the men's slopestyle snowboarding qualifying session at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games.

REUTERS

Norway's Staale Sandbech performs a jump during the men's slopestyle snowboarding qualifying session at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games.

Competition got underway at the 2014 Sochi Olympics on Thursday with qualifying for the men's snowboard slopestyle on sun-drenched slopes at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.

Games officials have been rushing to complete preparations in time but as Britain's Billy Morgan, the first athlete out the gate, came into the finish zone volunteers were still hammering poles into the ground to secure crash barriers.

Qualifying for three events are taking place on Thursday, the eve of the opening ceremony for the Feb. 7-23 games.

All three events - men's and ladies slopestyle snowboarding and ladies moguls - will take place at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.

Reuters