Get Ready for Gold
The Olympians have been selected by their countries. Travel is being arranged and final practices take place for what has been, for many, a lifetime of preparation.
The 2014 Winter Olympics will bring us new faces, 12 new sporting events, and a new view of Russia (formerly the Soviet Union). At the same time it brings back memories of Peggy Fleming’s performance in 1968, Dorothy Hamill free skate in 1976, speed skater’s Dan Jansen and Bonnie Blair in 1994, and of course The Miracle on Ice in 1980 with the underdog U.S. men’s hockey team beating the powerhouse Soviets to advance and win the gold medal.
Happy viewing and as always – “Go U.S.A!”
The U.S. Olympic Committee said on Monday it is sending the all-time largest athlete delegation of any nation in Winter Games history to next month’s Sochi Olympics with a 230-member team spread across all 15 disciplines. 7-23 Sochi Games will be comprised of 105 women and 125 men, including 106 returning Olympians.
It will be the first time the Russian Federation, formed after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, has hosted an Olympics (the last Olympics held in any part of Russia was the 1980 Summer games in Moscow). It is on track to be the priciest Olympics in history, with projected costs currently around $51 billion. Besides location – events such as women’s ski jumping, luge team relay and biathlon mixed relay are among the 12 new sporting events.
Heading into the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, U.S. As for most of the other 230 athletes who will make up America’s record Olympic contingent, this will represent their first time bursting into the national consciousness. Sarah Hendrickson, Women’s Ski Jump Earlier this week is just one bright, shining star expected to grace our screens and steal our hearts.
Russia. Plus, Sochi 2014 is the first Winter Olympics to be held in Russia since the break up of the Soviet Union – the 1980 Olympics was held in Moscow, but a USA-led boycott meant a host of countries did not send teams, including Canada, China and West Germany.
Their identical radiant smiles give them away: three Canadian sisters who are inseparable, at the top of their sport and all three headed to Sochi to compete in the Olympics. Freestyle skiers Maxime, Chloe and Justine Dufour Lapointe will become the first sister trio and only the fifth siblings to do so.