From February 7th 2014 until February 23rd 2014, the 22nd Winter Olympics will take place in Sochi, Russia.
Sochi, a city with 400,000 inhabitants near the Black Sea, is a remarkable host for the Winter Olympics. It will be the first subtropical city ever to organize the Winter Olympics and the second Russian city to host the Olympics. The Summer Olympics 1980 were in Moscow, back then the capital of the Soviet Union.
Events in Krasnaya Polyana
The majority of the events will take place in Sochi (the Coastal Cluster) , but a number of competitions, such as cross-country skiing, freestyle skiing and ski jumping are taking place in Krasnaya Polyana, a mountain village located around 32 miles east of Sochi. The events at Krasnaya Polyana are scheduled in the so-called Mountain Cluster. Since the two venues are located so close to each other, people also say that the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi are the most compact Winter Olympics ever.
More than three billion
It is expected that more than 75,000 people will visit the Olympic Games in Russia, while more than three billion viewers will watch the Sochi Games on TV. At the event, there will be approximately 5,500 winter athletes, more than 13,000 members and around 25,000 volunteers will make sure that everything runs smoothly.
The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi will host seven different sports and some of these sports have various disciplines: skiing, skating, biathlon, curling, bobsleigh, luge and ice hockey.
Venues 2014 Winter Olympics
The heart of the Sochi Olympics is the Fisht Olympic Stadium, which you can find in the Coastal Cluster. Other venues in Sochi are the Adler Arena, the Bolshoy Ice Dome, Shayba Arena, Iceberg Skating Palace and Ice Cube Curling Center.
The Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center, Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Sanki Sliding Center, RusSki Gorki Jumping Center and the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center are all located in Krasnaya Polyana, the Mountain Cluster.
2014 Winter Paralympics
Besides being the host for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, Sochi will also organize the 2014 Winter Paralympics. This event takes place from 7 March until 16 March. For the Paralympics, the same venues will be used as for the Sochi Winter Olympics.
You can find more information about the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi via the official website sochi2014.com.