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A worker lays white fabric over bare patches next to the Olympic slopestyle course on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park in Sochi, Russia.

First Watch: Olympics Preview, Leno's goodnight to 'Tonight'

Published: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 - 5:01 am
Last Modified: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 - 6:53 am

Olympics today: The Winter Games kick off in Sochi today, with figure skating, skiing and snowboarding. Among the events McClatchy's Bill Douglas will be watching for: bobsledding, he tells NPR listeners.

"The U.S. women's bobsled team is fascinating because they have five women of color in the women's bobsled. I'm not sure that's a record, but it's very interesting. ...

"The Jamaican bobsled team is back after 12 years of not being in the Olympics. They will not win a medal, but they bring a certain amount of energy and fun to the event. And they've been very, very interesting to watch and to talk to because in this Olympics, you have a record number of new countries, new warm weather countries - Zimbabwe is here, Paraguay is here, Tonga is here, I believe Togo is here. And when you talk to some of the athletes involved with those countries, they will say that the Jamaican bobsled team and 'Cool Runnings' was partially responsible for them being here, it sort of sparked their interest."

Goodnight, Tonight: At 11:30 p.m., Jay Leno says goodbye to the "Tonight Show" (again). His final guest will be Billy Crystal, who was also his first guest when he took over the show from Johnny Carson 22 years ago.

The Art of War: "The Monuments Men," which opens in movie theatres Friday, dramatizes the book by Texas author Robert M. Edsel, about "Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History.” Edsel tells McClatchy's Maria Recio, “Those scenes that seemed hardest to believe actually happened.”

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