The 2014 Winter Olympics are upon us and the worlds eyes are on Sochi, Russia, for the 22nd Games.
I believe I am in the minority when I say that I am as excited about the Winter Olympics as I am about its summer sister. This is because, although the Winter Olympics only has 15 sports, opposed to the 41 in the summer games, almost all of these are extremely dangerous, and therefore incredibly exciting! My favourite is the Skeleton. This extreme sport requires individuals to ride a small sled down a frozen track while lying face down and forward facing. Amazingly, the skeleton sled has no steering or braking mechanism, the participants steer by movements of the body and travel at speeds up to 80 mph. Now that’s what I call entertainment!
Here are a few interesting facts about the 2014 Winter Games:
- Sochi’s climate is subtropical, making it the warmest city to host an Olympic Winter Games
- These are the most expensive Olympics in history, at approximately $51 billion (compared to the last winter games held in Vancouver that cost around $8 billion)
- There have never been more countries involved. 88 countries will be represented, including, for the first time, Paraquay and Zimbabwe
- The largest representative will be the United States, sending 230 athletes, followed by Russia with 225 and Canada with 220. The UK will be sending 62 athletes
- These are possibly the most controversial games ever. Protests have arisen due to gay rights in the country, Russia’s political alignments, the 150th anniversary of the Circassian genocide in the city and the ecological impacts of the 11 newly built venues and infrastructure in the area. Security will also be tight as Islamic militants have threated to derail the Games
- There are 98 events across 15 sports, including 12 new events
So, who should we be watching out for on Team GB? Here’s a round-up of the homegrown medal hopefuls we hope to see on the podium in Sochi:
Shelley Rudman will be representing the UK in the skeleton. Rudman trains at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield and has already won a silver medal at the Turin Winter Games. She goes into the Games as the reigning world champion in skeleton.
Zoe Gillings is a snowboarder from the Isle of Man and this will be her third Games. Her event is the dangerous snowboard cross.
Lizzy Yarnold will be competing with Shelly Rudman in the skeleton. Yarnold is in outstanding form and has dominated the series this winter.
Another Sheffield hopeful, Woods is 18 years old and will be competing in the Freestyle Skiing event. This will be his first Games.
In my opinion, sports and music go hand-in-hand, so here’s a few tracks I’ll be listening to while watching people throw themselves down mountains:
Bonkers: Dizzee Rascal
Knights of Cydonia: Muse
Utah Saints: Something Good
Wild: Jesie J
Standing in the Way of Control: Gossip
The Cave: Mumford & Sons
Mountains Biffy Clyro
A city in Florida: Deadmau5
Have you been watching the Winter Olympics this year?
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Zehra – Marketing Administrator