Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia

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Katie Seljaas and Chelsie Harper, RA’s at Castilleja Hall, demonstrate the decorations they set up in the building for the Olympics. The building has a program planned in February that will feature the film Cool Runnings and watching the Olympics. Photo by McCall Voigt

Katie Seljaas and Chelsie Harper, RA’s at Castilleja Hall, demonstrate the decorations they set up in the building for the Olympics. The building has a program planned in February that will feature the film Cool Runnings and watching the Olympics. Photo by McCall Voigt

The Russian Federation is proud to be hosting one of the most important sporting events in the world, this year’s Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

This year’s Winter Olympics will start on February 7, and end on February 23. The games will take place in Sochi, a city with a population of 400,000. Sochi is in Krasnodar, the third largest region in Russia. The city is very long and narrow, and is built right along the coast of the Black Sea.

“I like the Winter Olympics much better than the Summer Olympics, and I am excited to watch them next month. My favorite event to watch is the downhill skiing,” said Dallas Gardner, a Snow College student.

At the Winter Games there will be nearly 100 events in 15 different sports, and almost a 100 different nations participating. It is estimated that the games will cost 50 billion dollars, nearly five times the original expected cost. The 2014 Winter Olympics will be the most expensive Olympic Games in history.

“I don’t know why it has to cost so much because it’s the Winter Olympics and there are fewer events, and most being outside. I can see the Summer Olympics costing that much because there are a lot more events, but I think a lot of money could have been saved on this year’s Winter Games,” said Matt Johnson, a professor and pool manager at Snow College.

The Olympic Games were originally held in Olympia, Greece almost three thousand years ago. The games spanned from the 8th century B.C. to the 4th century A.D. The Olympic Games weren’t around until 1894 when the International Olympic Committee was founded.

In the summer of 1896 the first modern era Olympics were held in Athens, Greece. Since then, the Olympics have been held every two years, alternating between the Summer and Winter Olympics. There have only been three games cancelled due to World War I and World War II.

This will be the second time Russia has hosted the Olympic Games, their first being the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

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