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10 Interesting Facts About The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

Updated on February 6, 2014
Figure skating...one of the most beautiful and graceful sports in the Winter Olympics.
Figure skating...one of the most beautiful and graceful sports in the Winter Olympics. | Source

Welcome!

The Winter Olympics in Sochi are finally here! After much preparation and planning, the Winter Olympics are due to take place with a range of fabulous athletes ready to compete in their bid for a medal. There are a 15 types of sports taking place in 89 events including ice skating (my favourite!), skiing, ice hockey and more.

In this article, you will find 11 interesting facts about the Winter Olympics covering everything from cost, numbers, facts and more.

1. The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics will cost $51 billion, in what appears to be the most expensive Winter Olympic Games yet. The cost will cover the many venues and opening ceremony. This price beats any other Olympic Games even the Beijing Summer Olympic Games and in London 2012.

The Vancouver 2010 Olympic flame.
The Vancouver 2010 Olympic flame. | Source

2. The Sochi Olympic torch will have travelled over 65,000 kilometres in 123 days by 14,000 carriers. This long trip has started in October 7, 2013 last year and will make its debut during the fantastic Opening Ceremony. This torch has been to some of the most amazing place on earth (and space) including:

  • Europe's highest mountain: Mount Elbrus
  • Outer Space: The torch has been blasted into Outer Space by the Soyuz Rocket.
  • Siberia's Lake Baikal: It has also been under water in Lake Baikal in SIberia.
  • North Pole: The torches also entered the North Pole thanks to a nuclear icebreaker.

The torch weighs 1.8 kg and is less than a metre tall. I'm looking forward to seeing it during the Opening Ceremony!


This stamp shows the three mascots of Sochi's Winter Olympics.
This stamp shows the three mascots of Sochi's Winter Olympics. | Source

3. The Sochi Winter Olympics have 3 mascots:

  • the Polar Bear
  • the European Hare
  • the Amur Leopard

These mascots were decided on by the public during a live television show. The top three mascots that got the most votes were taken into account and here they are!

4. The number of countries entering the competition this year come to 88 countries with each country entering at least one athlete. Here are some countries with the most amount of entries and their number of athletes.

  • France: 105 athletes
  • Finland: 103
  • USA: 230
  • Switzerland: 168
  • South Korea: 70
  • Russia: 225
  • Germany: 152

Participating Countries

This map shows the participating countries who have entered at least one athlete.
This map shows the participating countries who have entered at least one athlete. | Source

Location

The location of Sochi in Russia.
The location of Sochi in Russia. | Source
This is the city of Sochi seen from the Black Sea.
This is the city of Sochi seen from the Black Sea. | Source

5. Sochi has a population of 400,000 people approximately. You may imagine Sochi to have a cold climate with plenty of snow but it is actually the exact opposite! Sochi is the "sunny" destination for most Russians and its temperature never really goes under 12 degrees Celsius. In Summer, this city has palm trees, beaches and warm coastlines. Its average temperature is 18 - 50 degrees Celsius during day time.You can see the logic in this, as it is at the same latitude as Nice in France. I know Nice to be a very warm city so Sochi must be similar. It is the cold winds that sometimes blow over Sochi which make its temperature to go down. It will be the warmest city in history to host the Winter Olympic Games.

Over 2 million tourists visit Sochi each year.

6. There will be 7 new sports this year which are:

  • Figure Skating Team Event: There won't just be your usual pair of figure skaters. In this event, there will be a whole team of figure skaters gliding on the ice together.
  • Women's Ski Jumping
  • Team relay luge
  • Ski Slope Style
  • Snowboard Slope Style
  • Ski half-pipe
  • Mixed relay biathlon

7. The medals are what everyone is talking about. They have a stylish and beautiful design which clearly shows the amount of work put into the medals. I have to say, from all the medals I have seen up until now, my favourite medals are these ones. There is something mystical about the shapes on the medal that make them truly spectacular. The Olympic gold medal contains 525 grams of silver with a 960 hallmark and 6 grams of gold and a 999 hallmark.

This is the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 bronze medal.
This is the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 bronze medal. | Source

8. This is the first time that Russia have hosted the Winter Olympics but they have hosted the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. The Winter Paralympics will also be held in Sochi. 1650 athletes from 45 countries are expected to compete in the Paralympics this year.

Over 3.5 billion people will be viewing the Winter Olympics globally whether on television or online.
Over 3.5 billion people will be viewing the Winter Olympics globally whether on television or online. | Source

9. How many people will view the Sochi Winter Olympics? Russia's primary news channel have predicted an estimated 3.5 billion people to tune in to the Winter Olympics. That is half of the total global population.

Approximately 2 billion people have viewed Kate Middleton's and Prince William's wedding so this will be 1.5 billion more. So, for every 7 people you see on the street, at least 4 of them will have watched at least some part of the Winter Olympics. Now that's something!

10. The Opening Ceremony will kick off on the 7th of February, this coming Friday and officials will not reveal any of the many events during the Ceremony. However, there have been some rumours and for a fact, some great Russian musicians will be making their debut during the show. Viola player Yuri Bashmet and conductor Valery Gergiev will be appearing on the show, sources say. However, everything else has been kept secret. I can bet that the Opening Ceremony is going to be spectacular, the Russian people always have a certain finesse and style and that will be evident in the Ceremony. I am sure that the coming Ceremony is going to be a show we will never forget. Get your snacks and family gathered round to your house and enjoy the show!

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The beautiful ski slope will be skied on during the Alpine Skiing event. Speed skating in action!
The beautiful ski slope will be skied on during the Alpine Skiing event.
The beautiful ski slope will be skied on during the Alpine Skiing event. | Source
Speed skating in action!
Speed skating in action! | Source
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11. So, what sports are there to look forward to this year? Whatever your tastes, there are sure to be a sport that you will enjoy watching. Check out the table before for all the sports available to watch this year.

Sport
Description
 
Alpine Skiing
Also known as "downhill skiing". Athletes will have to ski down snow mountains.
 
Biathlon
Racing down snow mountains against their opponents
 
Figure Skating
My favourite! The contestants have to perform a dance with music and beautiful costumes. Men, women or men and women participate in this event.
 
Bobsleigh
Going on a bobsled track with a bobsleigh. A very action packed and thrilling event to watch!
 
Cross-country skiing
 
 
Curling
Athelets have to slide stones across ice and try to make them land in the given targets.
 
Free-style skiing
Speed skating is where competitors have to speed skate on ice in an area and are timed.
 
Ice hockey
A typical match of hockey only on ice!
 
Luge
Where one person sleds down a snow track and are timed.
 
Nordic Combined
Skiiers have to compete in both cross-country skiing and ski jumping. Another interesting sport!
 
Skeleton
The athlete has to sled down an ice track facing down.
 
Ski jumping
 
 
Snowboarding
Going down a snow slope whilst doing stunts. A highly entertaining and skilful sport.
 
Speed Skating
 
 
Short track speed skating
Multiple skaters have to speed skate over an ice track
 
The sports in the Winter Olympics 2014.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I was wondering when we would see one of these articles. I happen to love the Winter Olympics and can hardly wait for them to start. Thanks for wetting my appetite.

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Bill!

      Thank you so much for commenting and for the read. Yes, I can't wait for them to start either. I am looking forward to the Opening Ceremony and to the figure skating (I love figure skating!) I suppose the Winter Olympics brighten up the dull season of Winter.

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      Sheri Dusseault 3 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      That was interesting! My hubby is very worried about terrorist attacks at the winter Olympics...hope everyone is safe! I love to watch the Olympics, especially the skating. Great hub!

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      Kalmiya 3 years ago from North America

      That's a neat trailer video on the Olympics. I hope they don't have attacks and just wonderful games. The Sochi area is beautiful and I look forward to catching glimpses on telecasts between events!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great article to promote the Sochi Winter Olympics and wet the appetite of sports lovers among us. Voted up and shared.

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Sheri!

      Thanks for dropping by and for commenting. If you like skating, you are like me, I love figure skating! There is something about the costumes and the music and the talent of the athletes that makes it so special. I think that it should be safe...hopefully.

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Kalmiya!

      Thank you for reading this and for the lovely comment! I'm glad you like the video, I really liked it myself so I thought I should include it with this. It really shows the heart of the mountains 50 km from Sochi. It is a beautiful area.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Figure Skating is my favorite competition to watch. The skaters make it seem so effortless. I was surprised to learn that the US has more athletes participating in the Olympics than Russia! Sounds like it will be a great event this year. Enjoyed your article!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Figure skating and the luge are some of my favorites. I always enjoy the winter games more than the summer ones. This was a very enjoyable hub to read! Voted up +++ and pinning.

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Jodah!

      Thank you so much for sharing this, I am glad you enjoyed it. I can't wait for the Games to begin, its starting this coming Friday.

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      Paul Edmondson 3 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      We've been skiing and skating quite a bit as a family this year. Looking forward to the games starting. Thanks for the facts. Interesting stuff.

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Writer Fox!

      Thanks so much for dropping by and for reading this. I'm glad you enjoyed reading it...you are like me, I love figure skating! It is so effortless to watch and is simply...magical. I can't wait! Yes, the USA have quite a large team this year and I was surprised by that too. I'm sure it will be a great event, thanks again!

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Flourish Anyway!

      I'm so glad you liked this, thank you for your lovely comments. I love figure skating too! Luge is also an interesting sport to watch, I am looking forward to the Games and the Opening Ceremony. Thanks for your vote up, I really appreciate it. :)

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Paul!

      It is so nice to see you drop by, thank you for your wonderful comments! I've never skated before...I think I would be a disaster but well done to you and your family for giving it a go.

      I really love watching figure skating, it's probably my favourite sport in the Winter Olympics. I am looking forward to the Opening Ceremony this Friday...enjoy!

      Thanks again for reading this...I can't believe one of HubPages' founders just commented on one of my hubs!

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      savvydating 3 years ago

      This article is fabulous. I hadn't paid much attention to all the Olympic hoopla, but now I'm excited to tune in tomorrow for the games! I especially enjoyed your #4, the actual number of participating counties and the number of athletes participating in each one. Who knew Switzerland had so many athletes? Up & interesting!

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi! Thank you so much for your lovely comments, I really appreciate them. I'm glad you liked this, thank you for voting up and interesting.

      I am looking forward to the Games too especially the figure skating, bobsleigh (excited to see the Jamaican bobsledders) and ski jumping. Yeah, Switzerland have a huge number of athletes, considering their small size. I have also found the fact that the USA have more athletes than Russia to be very interesting, seems like USA are going to get loads of gold medals!

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      Ellie Shay 3 years ago

      Great job on this! I had no idea they had added seven new events. Voted interesting!

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Ellie!

      Thank you for the lovely comments, and for voting this interesting. They started today with the snowboarding. I'm looking forward to the ice skating.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      I am a lover of winter activities and winter Olympics. Hence, a very timely article for me. I enjoy all events, but my ultimate favorite has to be speed skating and team relay skating, with bobsleigh not far behind.

      Thanks for the timely article. Voted up and found awesome and interesting!

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Suhail!

      Thanks for your lovely comments and for voting up, I appreciate you voting this up. I'm glad you liked it. I love the Winter Olympics too, there is something about the ice and snow at this time of year that makes it a magical event. I like bobsleigh too, I'm looking forward to the Jamaican bobsledders (of Cool Runnings!).

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      Raymond Philippe 3 years ago from The Netherlands

      Quite a lot of concerns have been raised about the Russia's human rights situation and their LGBT unfriendly demeanour.

      Nevertheless I hope the athletes have a trouble free competition and that the best may win.

      Thanks for this interesting hub.

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      Toy Tasting 3 years ago from Mumbai

      It was great to know so much about the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014. Thanks for sharing the information :)

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Raymond,

      Thanks for reading this. I am glad that you enjoyed reading this hub. Yes, I hope that the athletes will be safe, I am sure they will be.

      Hi toytasting,

      Thank you for reading this hub, glad you liked it.

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      Christy Kirwan 3 years ago from San Francisco

      What a great Hub! I had no idea the Olympics were so expensive! $51 BILLION, yikes!

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      Amelia Griggs 3 years ago

      My all-time favorite is the figure skating, and for the 2014 Olympic games, they added a new team figure skating event, which adds to fun and excitement of watching!

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Christy! Thank you so much for your kind comments, I'm glad you liked it. Yes, the price is utterly outrageous, I still cannot believe it. I suppose building that new village in the mountains 30 kilometres from Sochi must have cost the main chunk. It was nice to see you drop by, thanks again!

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi easylearningweb,

      Thanks for dropping by and for the comment. My favourite sport is the figure skating and the team skating is interesting too. I just love the music and the sheer skill of the skaters who dance so gracefully. It's beautiful.

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      Dan Robbins 3 years ago from Ohio

      Congrats on HOTD! This has been an interesting Olympics and no doubt has some interesting things about it and where it's being held. Thanks for sharing!

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      theBAT 3 years ago

      Proud to say that we have a participant to this Olympics though we are a tropical country. Nice hub!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very nice and informative hub and just in time!

      Congratulations for HOTD! Voted up and Tweeted!

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      Melvin Porter 3 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Good Hub and congratulations for being chosen Hub of the Day!

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Congrats on your Hub of the Day award for this enthusiastic look at some Sochi Olympics facts.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      I haven't had any time to watch the Olympics this year. I love figure skating too. Thank you for the summary here. It helps me catch up.

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      CassyLu1981 3 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      LOVE the design of the gold medal this year. Excellent hub with tons of information on the winter Olympics! GO TEAM USA! ;)

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Cre8tor,

      Thank you for the lovely comments, I'm glad you dropped by. I know, Sochi has been a very interesting Olympics and has a sense of originality to it, like no other. I have enjoyed the sports this year, especially the figure skating.

      Hi The Bat,

      Thank you for the comment and for the read. Interesting! I would not have imagined a tropical country to have entered the Winter Olympics but it seems that with a lot of practice, anyone can. It is just like Jamaica's bobsled team from "Cool Runnings". I love that film. Glad to see you drop by.

      Hi Chitrangada,

      Thank you for such great comments, tweeting and for your congrats. I appreciate everything. I was pretty happy when I found out that I got HOTD, could not believe it. :)

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi melpor,

      I am glad to see you drop by, thanks for reading and commenting. The Sochi Games have been a fantastic Olympics and I thoroughly enjoyed viewing them.

      Hi RTalloni,

      Thank you for the congrats and the wonderful comments. I am glad you liked reading this hub.

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      Ted 3 years ago from The World

      Ahh to think of all the hunger and poverty you could eradicate with over $50,000,000,000. What a great world we live in when a two week event costs the same as saving several million lives.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Very informative. Enjoyed the photos, too. Congrats on hub of the day. Woo hoo!!!

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      Cindy A. Johnson 3 years ago from Sevierville, TN

      I enjoyed reading the interesting facts about this year's winter Olympics. It's obvious you did a lot of research. Good job!

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      TotalHealth 3 years ago from Hermosa Beach, CA

      Sochi cost $51 billion?! That's outrageous considering how many people around the world are starving and without proper clothing and shelter. - Nice hub, however. ; )

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      Mena Deepakraj Sharma 3 years ago from Mangaluru

      good info..

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Crafty To The Core!

      Thanks for the read and for the comments. Figure skating has to be one of my favourite sports, I love it. :)

      Hi Cassy!

      I agree! The gold medal is absolutely beautiful and so well designed. It is probably my favourite medal so far. Thanks for the comment. :)

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Ted! Glad to see you stop by. I know! The amount of money you could donate to charity with $51 billion is phenomenal. I think the world's problems with starvation and hunger would finally come to an end should we have given them that huge sum of money. It really is a pity.

      Hi Victoria!

      Thank you for your wonderful comments. Glad you liked the pictures, I like them too myself. Especially the gold medal and the snow-capped mountains.

      Hi Esmewol!

      I'm glad you liked this, thank you for the positive comments.

      Hi Total Health,

      Thank you for commenting, I agree. The amount of lives you could save with $51 is huge, it really is a pity that all that money was put towards the Winter Olympics.

      Hi Deepakraj!

      Glad you liked it. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Ashok Goyal 3 years ago from Rajpura 140401 Punjab India

      It is really great! I wish I would have camped there and my countrymen participated in the great even. Can anyone tell at which channel these winter olympics are beamed live to watch. Sharing with friends.

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      Ted 3 years ago from The World

      They are finished and the $51 billion has now officially been wasted. God help us all! ;-)

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      Julie K Henderson 2 years ago

      I thoroughly enjoyed watching the Sochi Winter Olympics, and I also enjoyed these fun facts. Voted up.

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      Susan W 2 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Julie - Thanks for the awesome comments, I'm really glad that you enjoyed reading the facts. I really liked watching the Sochi Olympics too.

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      Julie K Henderson 2 years ago

      You are welcome. I've loved watching the Winter Olympics for many years. My dad still talks about how much my sister and I enjoyed watching figure skating when we were growing up.

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