After a spectacular opening ceremony, the competition begins.

Athletes in the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games begin competition in earnest today. The primary focus of the day will be on the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center.

The downhill competition will start today for both men and women.  In Paralympic sport, downhill competition is carried out in a variety of divisions.

Visually impaired athletes will compete on the hill with guidance from their guides. The United States will be represented in the women’s visually impaired division by Danielle Umstead. The men will have Mark Bathum on the hill.

Competitors in the women’s downhill standing division will also take to the mountain. Allison Jones takes the hill for the red, white, and blue.  The United States does not have a representative in the men’s competition.

The third discipline to take the hill will be the women’s sitting division. Competitiors in this division use specially designed sit-skis to work their way down the mountain. The United States will have two skiers in this division, Alana Nichols and Laurie Stephens.

Live coverage of the downhill competition will begin in just one hour on NBCSN and will run from 1-5 Eastern Standard Time this morning.

Coverage will continue with a taped replay of Friday’s opening ceremony on NBC from 1-2 pm.

NBCSN wraps up their coverage for today with daily coverage from 5:30-8:30 tonight.

Fans who want to follow along with the competition online can do so by checking out the streaming coverage provided by the USOC at