Fast facts about the 2014 Sochi Olympics
Oct 28, 4:45pm EDT
- The official dates of the XXII Olympic Winter Games are Thursday, February 6 through Sunday, February 23. The Games will take place over 18 days, and competition will be held the day before the Opening Ceremony for the first time ever.
- These are the first Olympic Winter Games to be held in Russia. The 1980 Summer Games were held in Moscow.
- Sochi is the fourth coastal city to host a Winter Games (Oslo 1952, Sapporo 1972, Vancouver 2010), and the 19th overall city to host the Olympic Winter Games.
- Sochi was selected to host the XXII Olympic Winter Games on July 4, 2007, at the 119th IOC Session in Guatemala City. Sochi defeated Salzburg, Austria, and Pyeongchang, South Korea (which will host the Games in 2018).
- It was the third time that Sochi bid on an Olympic Winter Games. The city previously entered bids for the 1998 Games and the 2002 Games.
- There will be a record 98 events on the 2014 Olympic program, 12 more than there were on the 2010 program, and 84 more than there were on the 1924 program during the first Olympic Winter Games.
- Sochi will be the warmest city to host an Olympic Winter Games. In February, when the Olympics will be held, the average temperature in Sochi is almost 43 degrees Fahrenheit.
- The city of Sochi can be found on the same latitude line as Toronto, Canada, and Nice, France.
- Four of the seven IOC-recognized sport categories — bobsled, ice hockey, skiing, and skating — have appeared in every Winter Games.
- A total of 11 new venues were built for the 2014 Games in two groupings — the Coastal Cluster and the Mountain Cluster. The Mountain Cluster venues are situated in Krasnaya Polyana, which will be connected to the Coastal Cluster by a new railway line that will take spectators from one cluster to the other in about 30 minutes.
- The 2014 Torch Relay is longest in Winter Games history, covering more than 40,000 miles, including to the International Space Station.
- Sochi, which is situated on the coast of the Black Sea, is Russia’s largest summer resort and attracts millions of visitors every year.
- Approximately 25,000 volunteers are expected to assist with the Sochi Games.
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