The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games
Friday, February 7, 2014
After a four-year wait, it is finally time for the next Winter Olympics. If you want to know what to expect, you have found the right place.
- The opening ceremony takes place on Friday February 7 at the Fisht Olympic Stadium. It can accommodate 40,000 spectators and will also host the closing ceremony on February 23.
- About 2,500 athletes from 88 countries will participate, including some Southern hemisphere newbies like Zimbabwe, Paraguay and Timor Leste. The United States, Russia and Canada will send the largest teams of between 220 and 230 athletes each.
- Popular teams will have national houses where athletes and supporters can meet and watch the sports on big screens. These include the United States, Russia, Austria, France and Germany.
- Athletes will compete in seven different sports. These are biathlon, curling, ice hockey, luge, 3 types of skating, 6 types of skiing and two bobsleigh disciplines. Altogether there will be 98 individual events.
- Speed skating and cross-country skiing have the largest number of medal events with 12 each, while curling, ice hockey and skeleton have only 2 events each.
- 2014 will see the Olympic debut of slopestyle skiing and snowboarding, snowboard parallel special slalom, team figure skating, women's ski jumping, mixed relay biathlon, ski half-pipe and team relay luge.
- Events will take place in two different locations: in and around the newly-built Olympic Park on the Black Sea coast, and at and around the ski resort of Roza Khutor at Krasnaya Polyana in the mountains. Altogether 11 venues will be used.
- Inside Olympic Park one can find the Fisht Olympic Stadium, two ice hockey arenas, a skating center, an ice palace, the curling arena, two training arenas, an outdoor skating rink, the 47-building Olympic village for the athletes and journalists, the media center and the medals plaza.
- For the snow events at Krasnaya Polyana, there is a biathlon and ski complex, the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park for snowboarding, the Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort for alpine skiing, a jumping centre and a sliding centre for bobsleigh.