See also the Article History. The Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games are an athletic festival that takes place in Sochi, Russia, from February 7 to February 23, 2014. The Olympic Winter Games were held for the 22nd time in Sochi. It is the first time that Russia has hosted the event twice.
Sochi lies on the coast of the Black Sea about 100 miles (160 km) north of Moscow. The city was built for the 1994 Winter Olympics but had not held any major events before becoming the venue for the 2014 games. Sochi has a population of 5 million people.
The Olympic Games are an international organization that promotes peace through sport. Their goal is to have athletes from all over the world compete in sports without regard to nationality or religion. The motto of the Olympic Movement is "One world, one dream".
Sochi started as a resort town but now hosts events from ice skating to bobsledding and ski jumping to tennis. There are many hotels in the area and even more hostels if you decide to cut costs.
There are several airports near Sochi with flights to most European cities and some other parts of Russia. The main airport is Sochi Airport, which is located 30 minutes by car from the city center. It has two terminals connected by a shuttle bus service and around 20 airlines offer flights there.
Sochi The Russian Federation hosted the Olympic Winter Games for the first time in 2014; the Soviet Union held the Summer Games in Moscow in 1980. Sochi, the host city, has a population of 400,000 people and is located in Krasnodar, Russia's third biggest province. It was selected as the site of the Olympic games in 2005 after Moscow was ruled out due to security concerns.
Salt Lake City USA Salt Lake City is a large city in Utah with a population of 385,000 people. It has been named the most beautiful city in America by National Geographic magazine. The city is known for its great skiing and hiking facilities, including Alta Ski Resort and Snowbird, as well as its museums (e.g., Museum of Contemporary Art). It also hosts the annual Sundance Film Festival.
Lille France Lille is a large port city on the French coast north of Paris. It has been ranked as one of the most liveable cities in Europe. The Games will be held at the 50,000-seat stadium called "The Dome," which is owned by Lille Métropole. It was built for the 2007 Champions League Final between Chelsea and Milan AC and has been considered one of the best stadiums in Europe.
Nagano Japan Nagano is a city in Japan's Hokkaido prefecture. It hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics when it was known as the Nagano Metropolis.
Sochi, Winter Olympics 2014/Location: Sochi, Russia. The host city was chosen in 2005. It is the largest city in the region of Southern Krasnoyarsk Krai and the second most populous after Novosibirsk.
The Olympic flame will be carried into the opening ceremony by a young Russian athlete named Oksana Mastersko. She has been selected as such because she is a national hero who became famous when she competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing where she finished fifth in the women's 5000 m race.
The Sochi Games will be the first to be held in South America, with Brazil being the only country to have ever hosted the event. In 1950 and 1954, Rio de Janeiro served as the venue for the Winter Olympics.
Sochi has been praised for its new facilities including the $51 million Olympic stadium which can hold 80,000 people and the $1 billion project that encompasses several other sports venues. However, critics say that the city has exceeded its budget and that some of the facilities are not up to modern standards.
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The host country selects the athletes who will compete in their events, so for the Sochi Games this means Russian athletes will be competing under the Russian flag. However, since 1994, when South Africa held its first Olympics, every participating nation has been allowed to enter a team regardless of their national status. Thus, some countries may have one or more athletes who are actually from other countries on their Olympic teams. These "Olympic athletes" can come from any non-NOC country that chooses to send one athlete per event - as long as they have not previously qualified through their own national system.
For example, American bobsledder Dan Jost was born in Canada but grew up in America and represents the United States at the Olympics. Canadian skier Jean Bernard became a French citizen so he could participate in the Olympics. Both countries have sent athletes to compete in bobsleigh at these Games.
There are several ways for countries to qualify for the Olympic tournament. A country can win a medal in each event if they place among the top three in their category.