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Winter Olympics Trivia Games!

sochi 2014Where were the first Winter Olympic Games held, and how is this year's Olympic venue different from all others?

Which country has hosted the Winter Games the most and in which cities?

With more and more fun facts as we welcome you to the 2014 Olympics Trivia Games now in progress...

What are the official Olympic sports competitions at the Winter Games?

There are fifteen displines in all at the Winter Games, most of them traditional like Alpine skiing, biathlon, bobsled, cross-country skiing, curling, ice hockey and figure skating, and some of them relatively new to the games -- like the hyperactive and very exciting snowboard and freestyle skiing competitions.

When will the 2014 Winter Olympics take place?

The 2014 Winter Olympics officially begin at the opening ceremonies on Friday, February 7, 2014 with winter sports competitions taking place for two weeks thereafter. The games wrap up with the evening closing ceremonies scheduled for Sunday, February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

Where is Sochi?

sochi on google mapsOne of the longest areas in Russia, Sochi (SO-chee) hugs the Black Sea coast in the southernmost part of the country, and is located about 1600 km (995 miles) from Moscow.

Within Russia, Sochi has always been famous as a popular summer resort, nicknamed "The Russian Riviera". Although known for its pristine beaches and holiday atmosphere, it was Sochi's famous Caucous Mountains backdrop that really helped secure its bid for the 2014 Winter Olympic games.

Sochi has normal population of 415,000 with numbers swelling into the millions during the height of the summer season. In 2014, watch for millions more visitors from around the world to throng the city to watch the Winter Games.

Sochi olympic park map
The Sochi Olympics is divided into two venues. Ice events take place in Sochi,
while skiing and snowboarding events are staged at Krasnaya Polyana,
a major ski and snowboarding resort just east of Sochi.

Sochi fun facts

• Famous Russian-born tennis star Maria Sharapova began her career at a tennis academy in Sochi.

• Sochi remains the favorite summer resort of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and was frequented by many Russian elite during the Imperial Russian period. Infamous Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin was also said to have a warm place in his heart for Sochi as a summer retreat.

• The 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games will be the first time that the Russian Federation have hosted the Winter Games. The Soviet Union hosted the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow.

• More than 80% of the area surrounding Sochi is part of a national park, the Caucasian State Biosphere.

Who are the mascots for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games?

Sochi winter olympic mascots

The Hare, the Polar Bear, and the Leopard have been chosen as the new official mascots of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The decision was made by the Russian public following a live television show. The leopard received 28 per cent of the votes, while the polar bear won 18 per cent, and the hare 16 per cent. A Ray of Light and a Snowflake were selected by a jury of Paralympians to be the mascots of the Paralympic Games.
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What country has hosted the Winter Olympics more than any other?

The United States has hosted the Winter Olympics four times; 1932 in Lake Placid, 1960 in Squaw Valley, 1980 in Lake Placid, and 2000 in Salt Lake City.


Where will the next Winter Olympics take place?

In 2018, the winter games will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (The next Summer Olympics will take place in Rio de Janiero, Brazil in 2016).


Winter Olympic Host Cities — past, present, future

2018: Pyeongchang, South Korea 
2014: Sochi, Russia
2010: Vancouver, Canada
2006: Turin, Italy
2002: Salt Lake City, U.S.
1998: Nagano, Japan
1994: Lillehammer, Norway
1992: Albertville, France
1988: Calgary, Canada
1984: Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
1980: Lake Placid, U.S.
1976: Innsbruck, Austria
1972: Sapporo, Japan
1968: Grenoble, France
1964: Innsbruck, Austria
1960: Squaw Valley, U.S.
1956: Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
1952: Oslo, Norway
1948: St. Moritz, Switzerland
1936: Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
1932: Lake Placid, U.S.
1928: St. Moritz, Switzerland
1924: Chamonix, France

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