Your complete guide to Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games
What happens when you get highly motivated and focused athletes from various countries around the world all vying for a gold medal and all the glory that comes with it? You get the highly revered Olympic Games and this year’s Winter Games in Sochi, Russia is going to be one you’ll want to watch.
With only one day before the opening ceremony, we wanted to provide you with all the information and resources you need and want to know regarding the upcoming Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
Sochi Olympics – the Games of firsts
Sochi is located on the Black Sea coast of Russia where the average temperature in February at sea level is a beautiful 52ºF. Being the first location with this warm and humid of a climate to host the Winter Olympic Games posed some serious challenges. Officials had to drain swamps, store last year’s snow and install 400 snowmaking machines in order to accomplish the winter wonderland environment that athletes and spectators expect.
Other firsts include:
• Russia is holding its first ever Winter Olympics and Paralympics
• Sochi is the first Winter Games to have venues in two separate ‘clusters’
• Twelve new winter sports events will make their debuts in Sochi
• The Olympic Torch went on its first spacewalk as part of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay
Clouded by controversy and concern
Between the potential for terrorist attacks and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recently passed anti-gay law, there has been a fair share of controversy clouding the usually highly anticipated Games.
Russia caused a lot of controversy last year when they passed a law banning “gay propaganda” – basically forbidding any behavior that promotes homosexuality. The bill prompted many world leaders and athletes to boycott the games, including President Barack Obama who announced he wouldn’t be attending Sochi, but defiantly appointed two openly gay athletes to go instead.
Over the last couple of weeks the growing concern of a potential terror attack has increased – so much so that a “ring of steel” has been created around Sochi to protect the games. With more than 40,000 police officers, special forces, ultra-sensitive sonar, monitoring drones and patrol boats, these Winter Games have one of the biggest security operations in Olympic history.
Team USA will compete in the following sports:
- Figure skating – ice dance, pairs, singles (men’s and ladies), team
- Ice hockey
- Short track speedskating
- Skiing – alpine, cross country, freestyle, jumping/Nordic combined
• Check out this great resource for all things Team USA including schedules, news, blogs, social media links and information about the athletes
• Opening ceremonies are on February 7, however coverage starts February 6 with preliminary rounds of snowboarding
• NBC will broadcast 1,539 hours of coverage, with NBCOlympics.com broadcasting 1,000 + of those hours
What events are you looking forward to watching most?
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