How does Sochi, Russia, the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, offer a special context for the Games?
This February the world turns its eyes to Sochi, Russia, the site of the 2014 Wintertime Olympics, with some events located in the neighboring town of Krasnaya Polyana. For two weeks, from February 7 through February 23, the 2014 Winter Games will be played out on site, broadcast over the airwaves, and transmitted through the digital realm. Encompassing over 85 nations, spectators will witness more than 2500 athletes competing in 98 separate events in this international sporting exhibition unlike any other. Television viewership for this year’s Games is expected to exceed the 190 million who tuned in to watch the Winter Olympics of 2010. The size of this year’s audience will swell dramatically with those who will be following the action on the Internet and through social media networks such as Facebook and twitter.
Introduce students to Russia!
- Discover the Face of Russia! Who are the Russian people? How have they expressed their character and inner conflicts in their art and culture? And, as Russia’s democracy continues to develop, how have the Russian people redefined themselves culturally, spiritually, and politically?
- Delve deeper into Russian history from 1453–1825
- Uncover the backstory on Russia’s 20th-century incarnation as the Soviet Union
- Extend cultural knowledge EDSITEment’s The Magical World of Russian Fairy Tales
- Explore how Sochi is putting its own distinctive stamp on the Games
Experience the Winter games as they were played Then and Now!
- Look back on the different venues for past Winter Olympics
- See how ice skating and ice hockey have evolved as Winter Olympic events
- Engage in fascinating backstories to uncover the history, science and geography behind the Winter Olympic sporting competitions.