What happens every four years and attracts millions of viewers? The Olympic games, of course! I for one am so excited for this year’s Olympic Games. The 2014 Winter Olympics is officially called the XXII Olympic Winter Games (or the 22nd Winter Olympics) takes places in Sochi, Russia. The Winter Olympics are scheduled to run from February 6 through the 23rd, 2014. As of October 2013, the estimated cost of the 2014 Winter Olympics had topped $51 billion dollars (US).
The United States has won more gold and overall medals than any other country in the Summer Games and overall and also has the second-most overall medals at the Winter games, trailing only Norway. The United States is the only country to have won at least one gold medal at every Winter Olympics, and has topped the total medal count at Lake Placid in the 1932 Winter Olympics and at Vancouver in the 2010 Winter Olympics. During the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, the United States set a record for most total medals of any country at a single Winter Olympics.
While the USA tends to do better in the Summer Games, we are able to hold our own during the Winter Games. Everytime we attend the Winter Games we get better and better. According to David Miller from Rant Sports, American’s are guaranteed 10 gold medals this go-around. Obviously nothing in life is completely guaranteed but we have a fantastic chance of bringing home gold in these 10 areas.
- Sarah Hendrickson, Ski Jumping
- Dylan Ferguson, Freestyle Skiing
- Seth Wescott, Snowboard Cross
- Heather Richardson, Speed Skating
- J.R. Celski, Speed Skating
- Lolo James, Bobsled
- Julio Mancuso, Skiing
- Ted Ligety, Skiing
- Shani Davis, Speed Skating
- Shaun White, Snowboarding
(Thanks to David Miller at Rant Sports for the top 10 list.)
Fifteen winter sport disciplines, organized as seven Olympic sports, are included in the 2014 Winter Olympics. There are 98 events under each of these sports. These sports disciplines are:
- Alpine Skiing
- Cross Country Skiing
- Figure Skating
- Freestyle Skiing
- Ice Hockey
- Nordic Combined
- Short Track Speed Skating
- Ski Jumping
- Speed Skating
If you’re in the United States, NBC is the official broadcast partner of the 2014 Olympic Games. They will be offering the broadcast version, online streaming content of most of the events, and thousands of hours of replays — all in HD quality. If you have multiple devices, you can even keep track of several events at once! Click here for all scheduled events, as well as streaming live. Here’s to hoping we bring home several medals. Go USA!