The 2014 Winter Olympics officially commences with the Opening Ceremonies in Sochi, Russia on February 7. As USA gears up for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, winter sports fans everywhere are getting ready to cheer on their favorite snowboarders, ice skaters and bobsledders as they vie for gold in the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Sochi, Russia, is a resort city that sits on the Black Sea. Sports venues are set up in two different areas of the city. The ice events will take place closer to the coast, while the skiing and sliding events will play out in the nearby Krasnaya Polyana Mountains. Sochi's games mark Russia's first time hosting the Winter Olympics, but the former USSR hosted the 1980 summer games in Moscow.
The opening ceremony marks a bit of an exception, as NBC will air most of the high-profile events live, then repackage them to replay the highlights later. To see which events will air locally, check out NBC's listings page.
How much do you know about the Winter Olympics? Test your knowledge with our 2014 Winter Olympics trivia questions.
Which winter sport uses a broom as part of its equipment?
- How often do the Winter Olympics occur?
- How old was the youngest athlete who won a Winter Olympic gold medal?
- Which tropical country gained fame for their bobsledding debut in the 1988 Winter Olympics and inspired the film Cool Runnings in 1993?
- What is the newest sport added to the Winter Olympics? (Bonus point: What year was this sport added?)
- Which country has hosted the most Winter Olympics?
- In what year did the Winter Olympics begin?
The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi are shaping up to be most unlikely, and perhaps the most controversial games ever. There's no 2014 winter Olympics event for finding where the money went. And no Olympic medal for spending more of it than anybody else has, but if there were, Sochi would have already won gold.
So, just how much will this year's 2014 winter Olympic Games cost?An estimated $50 billion.
When do the 2014 winter Olympic Games start?
The opening ceremonies will kick off Feb. 7 at 8:14 p.m. local time, and the Games will finish up on Feb. 23. Next up will be the Paralympics, which will run from March 7 to March 16.
What time should you set my DVR for the opening ceremony?
Sochi is nine hours ahead of NYC, so the opening ceremony will start at 11 a.m. EST. Viewers won’t be able to watch right away, though, because NBC is not airing the opening ceremony live. Instead, the network will broadcast the event eight-and-a-half hours later at 7:30 p.m. EST.