The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics begin today in Sochi, Russia. Approximately 2,500 athletes from 87 nations will be taking part in 98 events over the next two and half weeks. The 2014 Paralympic Winter Games begin on March 7th.
Canada hosted the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, and led the pack with 14 gold medals. We will be well-represented in Sochi: Canada is sending 221 athletes to the games, including 100 women – the most female athletes ever sent by Canada. Forty-six members of the Canadian team are previous medalists, and 16-year-old Gabrielle Daleman is the youngest member of the team. Six-time Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser, pictured below, will carry the Canadian flag at the opening ceremonies.
Sochi was selected as the 2014 Winter Olympic host city in 2007, beating out Pyeongchang, South Korea and Salzburg, Austria. This is the first Olympics to be held in Russia since the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. Canada and several other countries boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics in response to the occupation of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union (which is now known as Russia). In turn, the Soviets boycotted the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
The Sochi Olympics have been marked by several controversies, including concerns over security and human rights. These will be the most expensive modern Olympics, and there are also concerns over corruption.
The Sochi Olympic motto is “Hot. Cool. Yours.” The mascots are the Polar Bear, the Hare, the Snow Leopard, Ray of Light and Snowflake.
Which Olympic moment are you most looking forward to?
We also wrote two blogs on the London 2012 Summer Olympics:
- “Inspire a Generation:” The 2012 London Olympics
- Leslie Thompson-Willie: An inspiring Olympian with a Student Vote connection
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