5 Things You May Not Know About the Sochi Winter Games
Come February 6, athletes from all over the world will descend upon Sochi, Russia, to compete in the 2014 Winter Games. And I, like millions of other viewers, will be riveted to the TV screen watching skiing, figure skating, curling, and more. If history is any indication, I’ll also be shedding a tear or two when I get overwhelmed by the incredible triumphs that are playing out before me. But there’s still a few days to go – so to hold us all over until then, here are five things you may not know about the Winter Games this year.
1. Sochi is warm.
This subtropical resort town is known as the Russian Riviera, so events that call for snow? They’ll take place in Krasnaya Polyana, a ski resort. Snow machines from Finland will be on standby – just in case.
2. We’re about to witness the most expensive Games in history.
The cost of 11 new venues adds up to the tune of $51 billion (yup, that’s billion with a “b”). Sochi will officially surpass the Beijing Summer Games, which capped out at a cool $46.5 billion.
3. Athletes from the U.S. will wear homemade gear.
For the opening ceremony, that is. And by homemade, we mean made-in-America. After all the flak Ralph Lauren got for sending athletes to the London Summer Games in outfits that were made in China, he wisely opted to keep production in the states.
4. There will be 12 new events added to the Games roster.
The one generating the most buzz? Women’s ski jumping. After a slew of lawsuits and lobbying, the campaign for gender equality in this formerly all-male sport has been officially won.
5. The Russians sent the torch to space.
The epic torch relay is a tradition for every Games, but this year, the Russians literally went above and beyond. Rio is going to have a tough time topping that.
By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer
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