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SIRS Discoverer Spotlight of the Month: Winter Olympics

2014 Winter Olympics on coins <br \> http://www.sostav.ru/news/2012/02/22/talisman_sochi_2014/, via Wikimedia Commons [Public Domain]

2014 Winter Olympics on coins
http://www.sostav.ru/news/2012/02/22/talisman_sochi_2014/, via Wikimedia Commons [Public Domain]

In February, the 2014 Winter Olympics will take place in one of the warmest cities of Russia–the resort town of Sochi. It is one of the few places in Russia that has warm summers and mild winters, and Olympians and other visitors to the city will be treated to the beautiful coastlines of the Black Sea and the scenic beauty of the Caucasian Mountains.

It has to be cold and wintry for the Winter Olympics because the featured sporting events take place on snow and ice, such as skiing, ice skating, curling, and hockey. Olympians train for years–even decades!– to become good enough to compete at the Olympic Games. Most work for hours a day, becoming stronger and improving their skills.

Visit SIRS Discoverer’s January Spotlight of the Month to learn more about Sochi and the 2014 Winter Olympics. Meet some Olympians, read about Winter Olympic history, and find out what events will take place during the games. You can also follow the journey of the Olympic torch, which began 123 days before the opening ceremonies on February 7. It was lit in the ruins of the Temple of Hera in Greece, and on its way to Sochi, even went to outer space!