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SKS Spotlight of the Month: Winter Olympics

For the first time in Russia’s history, the country will host the Winter Olympics. On February 7, the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Games will take place in Sochi, a Russian resort city that is known for its warm summers and mild winters.

2014 Winter Olympics on stamps <br \> by http://www.irkps.ru/images/sochi.jpg, via Wikimedia Commons [Public Domain]

2014 Winter Olympics on stamps
http://www.irkps.ru/images/sochi.jpg, via Wikimedia Commons [Public Domain]

The city has been preparing for the 2014 Winter Olympics since the 2007 announcement that it had been selected to host the Games. More than $51 billion has been spent so far, making these Games the most expensive in Olympic history. The preparations have also been mired in controversy, such as the large amount of construction waste produced during building and the Olympic Committee’s handling of Russia’s “anti-gay” law.

Despite difficulties, the 2014 Winter Olympics promise to deliver what all Olympic Games do–spectacular feats of athletic prowess amid incredible competition. Join SKS and its January Spotlight of the Month in celebrating the Winter Olympics. Quiz yourself on the International Olympic Committee and its new president, Thomas Bach. Meet Olympians, learn about Winter Olympic history, explore winter sporting events, and engage yourself with the grandeur and triumphs of the Winter Olympics.

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!