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Figure Skating 38 48.10%
Speed Skating 19 24.05%
Curling 22 27.85%
Bobsleigh 15 18.99%
(Ice) Hockey 37 46.84%
Alpine Skiing 17 21.52%
Freestyle Skiing 16 20.25%
Luge 9 11.39%
Snowboarding 18 22.78%
Skeleton 8 10.13%
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Old May 17th, 2013, 02:52 PM   #1
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February 7 - 23, 2014

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Old May 17th, 2013, 02:58 PM   #2
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Well, although Philippines never experiences winter, Filipinos still love to watch winter sports and there is already a growing interest in winter sports.
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Getting further aware of the incoming Winter Olympic Games


2014 Winter Olympics


Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Winter_Olympics

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The 2014 Winter Olympics, officially the XXII Olympic Winter Games, or the 22nd Winter Olympics, will be celebrated from 7 to 23 February 2014, in Sochi, Russia, with some events held in the resort town of Krasnaya Polyana. Ninety-eight events in fifteen winter sports will be held. Both the Olympic and Paralympic Games are being organized by the Sochi Organizing Committee (SOC).

Sochi was selected as the host city on 4 July 2007 during the 119th IOC Session in Guatemala City, defeating bids from Salzburg, Austria; and Pyeongchang, South Korea. The Sochi Olympics are the first Winter Olympics (and first Olympics altogether) for the Russian Federation, as the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow were in the Soviet Union.

Construction in preparation for the Games involves the building of new venues; and modernizing the telecommunications, power, and transport infrastructure of the area. This will include the construction of a new Olympic Park by the Black Sea coast in the Imeretin Valley, with venues clustered around a central area. The venues in Krasnaya Polyana will also be new.
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The Olympic Games are the most important sporting event in the world. Hundreds of athletes prepare for it their whole lives and those who make it to the Olympic podium become an example to millions of others. Their achievements remain part of the history of the sport and of the Olympic Movement forever.

The modern Olympic Games have a history that dates back thousands of years and are currently at the very peak of their development.

In October 2009, Copenhagen hosted the XIII Olympic Congress, which was unprecedented in its scope. Following the Congress, decisions were made which determined the direction of the Olympic Movement’s development for the next 15 years.

Among them was the decision to expand the Summer Olympic Games program: from 2016, rugby and golf fans alike will be cheering on their favorite athletes at the Olympic Games competitions.

The Olympic Games in Sochi will be holding events in 15 disciplines of 7 winter sports:

Biathlon
Bobsleigh: Bobsleigh and Skeleton
Curling
Ice Hockey
Luge
Skating: Figure Skating, Short Track Speed Skating and Speed Skating
Skiing: Alpine, Cross Country, Nordic Combined, Ski Jumping, Freestyle and Snowboard
source: http://www.sochi2014.com/en/games/sport/olympic-games/
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Venues

Coastal Cluster

"Fisht" Olympic Stadium
"Bolshoy" Ice Dome
"Shayba" Arena
"Ice Cube" Curling Center
"Iceberg" Skating Palace
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The Olympic Skating Center plays a crucial role in the Sochi 2014 concept. The Olympic Skating Center is a moveable venue . As such, it is located at the heart of the Coastal Cluster – Olympic Park.

Bolshoy (Also spelled as Bolshoi) Ice Dome



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The "Bolshoy" Ice Dome is part of the complex of facilities operated by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). The complex includes the «Bolshoy» Ice Dome, the “Shayba” Arena and a training rink. All Ice Hockey venues are located in close proximity to one other, providing maximum comfort for athletes and guests of the Games.

The "Bolshoy" Ice Dome complex will have a capacity of 12,000 seats and will be covered by a dome. The design of the "Bolshoy" Ice Dome is based on the image of a frozen drop and will be principally silver once complete.

After the Games, the "Bolshoy" Ice Dome will serve as an ultra-modern, world-class multi-purpose sports and entertainment center.

The name of the Ice Dome highlights the characteristics of this sports venue. The "Bolshoy" will be one of the biggest Olympic venues for hosting events and will house the most popular sport of the Winter Olympics, ice hockey. Equally, the word "Bolshoy" is understandable and familiar to representatives of many different countries, evoking an instant association with Russia’s Bolshoy Theatre, the traditions of the Russian school of ballet, figure skating, ice hockey and other achievements of the biggest country in the world.
http://www.sochi2014.com/en/games/pl...ea/hockey_big/
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Old May 17th, 2013, 03:11 PM   #5
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Fisht Olympic Stadium

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The "Fisht" Olympic Stadium is located in the Olympic Park so that the spectators have a magnificent view on both mountain peaks in the north and the sea in the south.

The design of the "Fisht" Olympic Stadium in Sochi is unique across Russia. For the first time in the construction of a large-scale structure, a translucent polycarbonate roof will be used which will give the building an appearance of snowy peaks, ensuring it sits in harmony with the landscape of the Imeretinskaya Valley and the Caucasus Mountains.

In the building’s design safety for visitors, workers, and athletes was paramount. Moreover, environmental risks and losses related to the building construction and use have been minimized. The stadium’s design was developed to meet the requirements of the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) as well as international best practice in accessibility for people with disabilities.

After the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games the "Fisht" Olympic Stadium will be used as a venue for Russian national football team matches and as a training center. It will also host mass entertainment events and shows.

The Fisht Mountain reaches 2,857m above sea level and is one of the most famous mountains in Russia. In translation from Adyghe language, the name means "white head", "white frost" or "grey-headed". The mountain obtained its name from the ice at its peak. The shining snow cap also serve as the prototype for the original architectural concept for the "Fisht" Olympic Stadium. Incidentally, the transparent roof of this sports venue means that spectators in the stadium will be able to see the whole mountain from its foot to its peak.
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The "Shayba" Arena is part of the complex of facilities operated by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). The complex includes the "Bolshoy" Ice Dome, the "Shayba" Arena and a training rink. All Ice Hockey venues are located in close proximity to one another, providing maximum comfort for athletes and guests of the Games.

The “Shayba” Arena is designed to accommodate 7,000 spectators. The venue will host Olympic ice hockey competitions and Paralympic ice sledge hockey competitions.

The “Shayba” Arena is a moveable venue, making it possible to be dismantled and transported for post-Games use as an Ice Palace in another Russian city.

It would be impossible to imagine a game of ice hockey without a "shayba" or puck and the name accurately portrays the purpose of the venue. As well as this, for Russians, shouting "Shaybu!" is a universal and familiar way of supporting hockey teams at the international championships. Therefore, this name represents the character of the "Russian" Winter Games.
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Ice Cube Curling Center




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The "Ice Cube" Curling Center is located in the Coastal Cluster, within the grounds of the Olympic Park.

The "Ice Cube" Curling Center is simplistic in its design, which symbolizes democracy, and accessibility alongside the festivity, which is characteristic of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The "Ice Cube" Curling Center is a moveable venue, making it possible to be dismantled and transported for post-Games use as a curling center in another Russian city.
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Adler Arena



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The oval venue, which will host all speedskating events, has two competition tracks and one practice area. Capacity: 8,000.
source: http://espn.go.com/blog/olympics/pos...-at-the-venues
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'Iceberg' Skating Palace



The futuristic-looking venue will host all figure skating events. Capacity: 12,000.

source: http://espn.go.com/blog/olympics/pos...-at-the-venues
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Sochi 2014 Mountain Venues






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'Rosa Khutor' Alpine Center

The center will host all alpine skiing disciplines: downhill, combined, giant slalom and super-G. Crowd capacity: 7,500.




'Laura' Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center

The venue for the cross-country and biathlon events is located within the Psekhako Ridge. "Laura" is in reference to a mountain river of the same name in the area. But the "Laura" story doesn't end there. According to the official Sochi 2014 site: "The name of the river is based on a legend of a young girl Laura who chose death over living with an old prince she did not love. After running away from the prince, Laura jumped of a rock into the river that was later named after her." Crowd capacity: 7,500.

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'RusSki Gorki' Jumping Center

The venue will host events for ski jumping and Nordic combined. The name? According to the Sochi 2014 site, "The name 'RusSki Gorki' evokes associations with the shape of the venue, as well as roller coasters that are sometimes referred to as 'Russian mountains' in English." Capacity: 7,500.



'Rosa Khutor' Extreme Park

The venue will host freestyle skiing and snowboarding events, as the Winter Games begin less than two weeks after the 2014 Winter X Games in Aspen. Capacity: 4,000 for freestyle, 6,250 for snowboarding.



Sanki Sliding Center

The venue for all bobsled, luge and skeleton events begins at the Alpika Service Mountain Ski Resort and ends at Rzhanaya Polyana. Capacity: 5,000.

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Trivia: The last time The Philippines participated on a Winter Olympic Games is in 1992 in Albertville, France

So far no news that Philippines will send at least a delegate to the incoming Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games

in 2018 Pyeongchang perhaps?
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Sochi Olympic Park
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