Gearing up for the start of the Sochi 2014 Winter games

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MENOMONIE, Wis. (WEAU)- The Sochi 2014 Winter Games are officially underway and that means the world will be watching the Russian Resort town of Sochi.

UW-Stout Russian International student Roman Fetter says even though he is half way around the world he's proud to see his country in the spotlight on the world stage.

“My home town is located on the border of Siberia and middle part of Russia near the Ural Mountains,” Fetter said.

Fetter, who is from the Russian City of Syktyvkar is studying for the semester in Menomonie. He says he is disappointed that he will be missing out on seeing the games in person but he will be cheering from his new temporary home in Menomonie.

“All of our country is waiting for these games,” Fetter said.

Despite being half a world away from all the action, Roman says he's seen great changes happen in Russia as they prepared to host the winter games.

“Sochi in 2005 and Sochi now is a totally different city,” Fetter explained. “They have added so much infrastructure for the Olympics.”

As for his expectations, Fetter says he has high hopes for the Russian team.

“I want America to come in second, and Russia to be number one, sorry guys,” Fetter joked.

The first Olympic events begin Thursday. You can catch the snowboarding slope style competition, freestyle skiing and team figure skating beginning at 7PM on WEAU.

To view a full schedule of Olympic programming, just follow the link on the right-hand side of your screen.

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