Olympic Competition Begins

February 11, 2006 - Posted at 1:19 p.m. CST

TURIN, Italy (AP) _ It's a perfect day in Turin, Italy, where

the first day of competition at the Winter Olympics is under way.

The sun is out and the views of the Alps are picture-perfect.

Last night, a festive opening ceremony featured athletes from 80


Scott Macartney gets the last spot on the U-S men's downhill

team at the Winter Olympics. He edged Marco Sullivan by

26-hundredths of a second in today's training run to get the fourth


Macartney is coming off a career-best second place finish in a

World Cup race in Germany two weeks ago.

Last night, athletes from 80 nations participated in the Games'

festive opening ceremony.

The Italian hosts lived up to their flair for the dramatic in

the opening ceremony for the Turin Olympics. Competition gets under

way today.

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