Update: Follow @CollCoutSports for up to the minute news on the Olympics!
Today is December 7th meaning that the second biggest sporting event of 2014 is just two months away. No, unfortunately it is not the World Cup. It is the Winter Olympics. Held in Sochi, Russia, this olympics has proved just as, if not more controversial than its predecessors. But we will address that in another post. Instead, we are going to focus on the facts. Continuing reading after the jump to get some important information about the upcoming Olympics.
Now, there may be some burning questions that you are having. Here, I will attempt to address some of them.
Where is Sochi anyways?
Sochi is in Krasnodar Krai, Russia. It is on the coast of Russia that borders the Black Sea. It is also near the border of Georgia and Russia.
Are all the events going to be held there?
No, some events are going to be held in Krasnaya Polyana, which is a nearby resort town in the Western Caucasus mountains.
So it is in Russia, does that mean that I will have to stay up late to watch the events?
The time difference between the Eastern US and Sochi is nine hours, meaning that you may have to stay up late to watch some events live. However, NBCUniversal will provide footage of the competition in prime time and throughout the day on its various channels and platforms. Just be sure to stay off twitter and various news sites to avoid results.
Okay, so when does it start?
The Opening Ceremony is on Friday, February 7th. However, some preliminary events in Figure Skating, Snowboarding, and Freestyle Skiing start on February 6th. The Closing Ceremony is on February 23.
What time is the Opening Ceremony?
Here is the calendar for the Games:
So, are there any new sports this year?
Twelve events have been added this year. Continuing its effort to attract a younger audience, the IOC has added Men’s and Women’s Ski Halfpipe, Men’s and Women’s Ski Slopestyle, and Men’s and Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle. These events have been taken from the X Games, which regularly attracts a young and vibrant audience.
The other events that were added are Women’s Ski Jumping, Figure Skating Team Event, Mixed Relay Biathlon, Team Relay Luge,
I will go over these new events, along with other events in following posts.
I hope that this has given you some basic knowledge of the upcoming Olympics. Look for my first article highlighting the discipline of Alpine Skiing on Wednesday.