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World Gears Up for Winter Olympic Games in Sochi

Audrey Burnett, News Editor

The XXII Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia from February 7th through February 23rd, 2014.

This is going to be the first Olympics in the Russian Federation.

The 1980 Summer Olympics were held in Moscow, but it was under the control of the Soviet Union at the time and was boycotted by the United States.

This Olympics is however a record-breaking Olympics.With 98 events in 15 different sports and more than 2,500 participants, this is the largest Winter Olympics to date. It is the most expensive Olympics ever with a bill that runs over $50 billion according to The New York Times. These Winter games also have the longest torch relay beforehand.The 123 day journey will take the torch over 40,000 miles to arrive at the Black Sea arena in Sochi. The torch will have traveled under water, through open space and to the North Pole.

The first Winter Olympics games was held in Charmonix, France in 1924. The Winter Olympics has never been held in the southern hemisphere. In the history of the Winter Olympics Games the United States is the only country to have won a medal at every Winter Olympics they have attended.

New events for 2014 include: figure skating team event, women’s ski jumping, mixed relay biathlon, ski half-pipe, team relay luge, ski slopestyle, snowboard slopestyle, and snowboard parallel special slalom.

The 2014 Paralympics will also be held in Sochi March 7th through the 16th. The Paralympic sporting events include: alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, ice sledge hockey and wheelchair curling. The first Paralympic Winter Games took place in 1976 in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden.

The Summer Olympics of 2016 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The next Winter Olympics will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018.

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