SOCHI, Russia (WHDH) -
Something different before the cauldron has been lit. The games have already begun.
7’s Nancy Chen also had a chance to meet a lot of Olympians leading up to the big games, and got to go to Lake Placid where she tried out luging.
Face up, feet first and racing down an ice track at top speeds. Luging isn't for the faint of heart.
She learned from the best, Pittsfield born Chris Mazdzer, who is on the U.S. luge team. He competed all over the world and decided to give 7’s Nancy Chen a lesson at his home track in Lake Placid.
Mazdzer’s lesson involved seemingly simple tips. Lean into curves. Don't put your neck up and don't forget. Remain calm and focused.
What happened was a lot of back and forth as she slammed into one wall after another and another. Finally, 40 merciless seconds later it was over.
But she did it again, and according to Mazdzer, she made some progress.
Back in Sochi, airing at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, New England's own Hanna Kearney hits the slopes in the freestyle skiing qualifier. She’s considered a favorite for gold.
In the team event for figure skating pairs, Simon Shnapir and Marissa Castelli will perform in the short program. The spotlight will also be on Jeremy Abbott as the men's figure skating competition gates under way.
7’s Nancy Chen has the results of some of the competition airing prime time Thursday night.
Three American men reached the semifinals in slopestyle snowboarding. Charles Guldemond from New Hampshire, Sage Kotsenburg and Ryan Stassel will be competing on Saturday for a spot in the finals. There were eight racers who scored high enough to skip the finals and go -- or skip the semis and go into the finals but none of them were on Team U.S.A.
A famous face was missing from the Slopestyle prelims. Shaun White considered a favorite for gold pulled out yesterday because of safety concerns. White fell and jammed his wrist on the course during practice and didn't want to risk further injury before his trademark event, the halfpipe.