Quick Intro: 2014 Winter Olympics
Looking for a quick intro: 2014 Winter Olympics? The 2014 Winter Olympics will be held from Feb. 7-23 in Sochi, Russia. The 2014 Olympic festivities will begin long before the 2014 opening ceremonies, however.
Leading into the 2014 Olympic Games, the Sochi Olympic Committee will hold more than 1,000 cultural events, festivals, and exhibitions. The events will be sponsored by Russian museums and held throughout Sochi and the Southern Federal District. Each year from 2010-2014 will have a different theme: 2010 will be the year of cinema, 2011 will be the year of theater, 2012 will be the year of music, and 2013 will be the year of museums. Projects for 2014 include "Aqua-Jazz," a festival featuring Valeria Gergiev and Anna Netrebko and a concert series by Oleg Mitiaev. The Sochi Olympic Committee also has events planned to raise awareness about people with disabilities.
Sochi is a unique spot to hold the Winter Olympic Games because the town is typically a summer vacation spot. The area is classified as a subtropical climate and typically has summer temperatures above 80 degrees, and winter temperatures rarely fall below freezing. Every event venue will be brand new, and events that do not require altitude will take place next to beaches and palm trees. Skiing and other outdoor events will take place at Krasnaya Polyana, a ski resort about 90 miles from Sochi.
The 2014 Winter Olympics are expected to be the costliest Winter Games to date, with an expected budget range of $9 billion-$40 billion. To win the 2014 bid, Sochi defeated Pyeonchange, South Korea, by four votes. Salzburg, Austria, also made it into the final group.
The International Olympic Committee has not yet decided on any new events for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Events being considered include ski orienteering, ski mountaineering, winter triathlon, and a mixed biathlon relay.
Sochi 2014: Olympic.org.
Posted on: Mar. 15, 2010