Winter Olympics

 

Sochi Olympics 2014

Sochi Olympics 2014


Host city Sochi, Russia
Motto "Hot.Cool.Yours."
Events 98 in 15 sports
Opening ceremony 7 February
Closing ceremony 23 February
Stadium Fisht Olympic Stadium

The city of Sochi is situated on the coast of the Black Sea – close to the state of Georgia. It is the longest city – about 90 miles along the sea coast and is quite well known for all its resorts. It will play host to the 22nd Winter Olympiad as well as the Paralympic Winter Games for the first time in 2014. Construction is under way to host different events – fifteen major winter sports will consist of over 90 different events. Many new venues are being built in the resort town of Krasnaya Polyana as well as in the Imeretin Valley.

Selection:

Cities are chosen well in advance so that they have enough time to put infrastructure in place, to host the games. Cities usually lobby the IOC to host the games – Sochi was picked over Guatemala City.

Mascots:

Every Olympiad has a Mascot which is chosen by popular ballot – this time, there are three. The Polar Bear, Hare and Leopard were chosen to represent the games as they are indigenous to the region.

Featured Disciplines:

Fifteen different events have been included for the 2014 Winter Olympics. They are as follows:

  • Skating: Figure, Short track and speed skating
  • Skiing: Alpine, Freestyle, Cross country, Nordic Combined, Snow Barding and Ski Jumping
  • Bob Sleigh and Skeleton
  • Other events include Curling, Hockey, Biathlon and Luge.

Over a dozen new events are being added this year. The IOC has approved the inclusion of the following events in the official program:

  • Figure Skating teams
  • Ski Jumping for Women
  • Biathlon Mixed Relays
  • Luge Team Relays
  • Ski half pipe
  • Slope style skiing and snowboarding
  • Snowboard parallel slalom

2014 Winter Olympics Bid

2014 Host City Election — ballot results
City Country (NOC) Round 1 Round 2
Sochi  Russia 34 51
Pyeongchang  South Korea 36 47
Salzburg  Austria 25 -

Sochi Olympics 2014 Medal Tally

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Russia 13 11 9 33
2 Canada 10 10 5 25
3 Norway 10 5 11 26
4 United States 9 7 12 28
5 Netherlands 8 7 9 24
6 Germany 8 6 5 19
7 Switzerland 6 3 2 11
8 Belarus 6 0 1 7
9 Austria 4 8 5 17
10 France 4 3 7 14