Jamie Nicholls
Nicholls was the only British rider to progress straight through to Saturday's slopestyle final.Reuters


Snowboarding - Men's and ladies' slopestyle qualification

Freestyle Skiing - Ladies' moguls qualification

Figure skating - Team men's short programme, team pairs short programme

Snowboard Slopestyle

Snowboarder Jamie Nicholls was the only Brition to make it straight through to the slopestyle finals in the first day of action in Sochi.

Fellow Brits Billy Morgan, Jenny Jones and Aimee Fuller will ride again in the semi-final to compete for a place in the first ever Olympic slopestyle final..

The 20-year-old Nicholls qualified fourth from his heat on the opening afternoon of competition.

"I can't believe what I've done," said Nicholls adding: ""My dream was to get to the final, I'm so happy to make it in my first Olympics."

The Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, subject of much controversy leading up to the games, looked in pretty good shape with most riders navigating the tricky course well.

The men came out of the gates first, led by Morgan, who produced some huge tricks and looked set for a place in the final.

The women remained a little more conservative, getting a feel for the course and posting safe but decent times.

The best scores of the day came from Anna Gasser of Austria and American favourite Jamie Anderson in the women's qualifiers while reigning Olympic halfpipe gold medallist Torah Bright of Australia qualified in second from the first heat.

The women's final takes place on Sunday while Jones and Fuller will look to make it into the top four of their prior semi-final in order to join the current eight finalists

Meanwhile, it remained close in the men's qualifiers with Maxence Parrot of Canada coming out on top while Morgan has a second chance to fight for a place in Saturday's final.

Moguls - freestyle skiing

The freestyle skiing kicked off with the women's moguls qualification as reigning Olympic champion Hannah Kearney of the United States cruised into the top spot to seal her place in the final as favourite for gold.

Joining the American are the Dufour-Lapoint sisters from Canada, all three of whom found their way in the top 10 with Chloe and Justine in second and third and eldest sister Maxime in eighth.

Veteran Aiko Uemura of Japan finished in seventh place in her fifth winter, Games aged 34, after coming seventh, sixth, fifth and fourth in previous years.

Moguls sees competitors throw themselves down a gruelling course of bumps and kickers where timing and technique is key in order to negotiate the tricky turns and keep control

The top 10 competitors head straight through to the final while those remaining get another chance in the second qualification session on Saturday.

Figure Skating – teammen and team pairs short program

The figure skating competition is under way at the Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi where another of the winter Olympic's new events sees 12 teams skate for all-important points in the men's, women's, pairs and ice-dance.

For Team GB Matthew Parr took to the ice in the men's singles, finishing ninth with a personal best to take two points while Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan scored ten points for his team to finish first.

Russian superstar and Turin 2006 champion Evgeni Plushenko came in second place after an explosive routine in front of the home crowd.

In the pairs David King and Stacey Kemp took just one point for Team GB after Kemp put a fall down to nerves.

The duo finished in last place, scoring a disappointing 44.70 but if Great Britain do not manage to qualify for the second event, the Lancashire pair will return in the pairs compeition on 11 February.