Sochi Winter Olympics 2014



Sochi 2014 is Winter Olympics city – it’s official!

Russian will host its first Winter Olympics in 2014. Winter Olympics will be in the seaside city of Sochi. International Olympic Committee delegates voted for Russia over the Austria and South Korea. Why Russia? And why Sochi? Somebody told that “better an Olympics without snow than Europe without gas” – referring to European dependency on Russian gas. This is a joke of course and truth is that there are several reasons why the other two cities (Salzburg, Austria and PyeongChang, South Korea) lost in the final session. Salzburg was plagued by doping scandal. PyeongChang had presentation which suggested that the Olympics would somehow help unify of two Koreas.

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Meanwhile Russia was smart to bring a number of Winter Olympians to Guatemala. They are such a as the charismatic figure skater Yevgeny Plushenko, speed skater Svetlana Zhukova, and former hockey star Vyacheslav Fetisov. This could not but underline the fact that Russia is a Winter Olympics power that has never hosted the Winter Games!!!

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Currently, the Winter Olympic Games are comprised of 15 sports: biathlon, bobsledding, Alpine skiing, speed skating, curling, Nordic combined, cross-country skiing, ski jumping, luge, skeleton, snowboarding, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, and short track speed skating. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided on April 6, 2011 to add six new sports to the medal competition in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. The Sochi Olympics program now includes women's ski jumping, team figure skating and luging, halfpipe skiing for men and women, and a biathlon mixed relay.
The Winter Paralympic Games program includes five events: Alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, sledge hockey, and wheelchair curling.

Sochi Olympics Short track speed skating*
Speed-skating around a short 111.12 m, oval-shaped track. During this event several skaters simultaneously race around a 111.12 m, oval-shaped track. Generally, there are 4-8 participants—the longer the distance, the greater the number of athletes competing. It was a demonstration sport at the 1988 Games in Calgary. In 1992, it became a regular part of the Olympic program at the Albertville Games. The Olympic event includes 500 m, 1,000 m and 1,500 m heats for both men and women; a 3,000 m relay for women; and a 5,000 m relay for men. In all, eight sets of medals are awarded. The short track and figure skating events will be held in the Sochi Olympic Skating Center.

Sochi Olympics Ice hockey
An athletic game played on ice between two opposing teams. Passing a puck around with hockey sticks, players try to hit it into the opposing team’s net as many times as possible while simultaneously protecting their own net.
An athletic game played on ice between two opposing teams. Passing a puck around with hockey sticks, players try to hit it into the opposing team’s net as many times as possible while simultaneously protecting their own net. Ice hockey is an athletic game played on ice between two opposing teams. Passing a puck around with hockey sticks, players try to hit it into the opposing team’s net as many times as possible while simultaneously protecting their own net. The history of ice hockey is among the most disputed of any sport, but Canada is generally regarded as its birthplace. The first official ice hockey tournament for men’s teams took place at the 1920 Olympics. Women’s ice hockey was introduced to the Olympics in 1998. The ice hockey competitions in Sochi will be held in the Bolshoi and Maly Ice Palaces, which are 300 m apart.

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Freestyle skiing
A skiing and snowboarding discipline that includes aerial skiing, ski cross and mogul skiing
A skiing and snowboarding discipline that includes aerial skiing, ski cross and mogul skiing Freestyle skiing is a skiing and snowboarding discipline that includes aerial skiing, ski cross and mogul skiing. The first Olympic demonstration of freestyle skiing was part of the 1988 Games in Calgary. At the 1992 Winter Games in Albertville, mogul skiing, where a skier descends a bumpy slope, was added to the Olympic schedule. Aerials were added at the 1994 Games in Lillehammer. In 2010, during the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, ski cross was introduced. Both men and women participate in each freestyle event, with 6 sets of medals being awarded. The freestyle skiing events at the 2014 Winter Olympics will take place on the Aibga Ridge to the west of the Rosa Khutor plateau.

Sochi Olympics Figure skating
A skating sport where an individual or a pair performs jumps, lifts, and throws on ice to the accompaniment of music.A skating sport where an individual or a pair performs jumps, lifts, and throws on ice to the accompaniment of music. Figure skating is a skating sport where an individual or a pair performs jumps, lifts, and throws on ice to the accompaniment of music. Figure skating emerged as a distinct sport in the 1860s. The first competitions between male skaters took place in Vienna in 1882. In 1908 and 1920, figure skating competitions were held during the Summer Olympic Games. Figure skating has been part of the Winter Olympic Games since 1924. Olympic figure skating events include men's singles, ladies' singles, pairs, and ice dancing. Four sets of medals are currently awarded—one for each event. During the Sochi Games, figure skating events will be held in the Sochi Olympic Skating Center, which is located in the Olympic Park.

Sochi Olympics Snowboarding
A race down snow-covered slopes on a slick board. Snowboarding is a race down snow-covered slopes on a slick board. The side that faces the snow is smooth and flat. The other side, the deck, is equipped with foot bindings and a metal edge used for steering with a trick called “carving”. American Sherman Poppen invented the first modern snowboard—called a “Snurfer”—in 1965 for his daughter by gluing two skis together. Snowboarding was first included in the Winter Olympic Games in 1998 at Nagano, Japan. A Snowboard Park is being built to the west of the Rosa Khutor plateau specifically for the Sochi Olympics snowboarding events.
*Information taken from sochi2014.ru

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