Winter Olympics 2014

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2014 Winter Olympics logo designed by Guo Chunning

This year, the twenty-second Winter Olympics were held in Sochi, Russia. A very well known location, Sochi is on the Black Sea’s coast. The name “Sochi” comes from the river and the place of the Ubykh’s tribe. Most of Sochi is covered in the mountains of the Western Caucasus. Sochi also happens to be the heartland of tea. In the early 1900s, many settlers adopted an agricultural occupation to grow tea. It soon became the most popular beverage in Sochi. Before long, the Russians had created their own brand of tea: Krasnodarsky tea. It is the most famous Russian grown tea. Also, it is the one of the most “northern” tea you can find.

In anticipation of these games, many news broadcasters were filming segments on the Winter Olympics, during and after the games. In the Winter Olympics many sports are competed for, such as: Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Cross Country Skiing, Curling, Figure Skating, Free Style Skiing, Ice Hokey, Luge, Nordic Combined, Short Track Speed Skating, Skeleton, Ski Jumping, Snowboard, and Speed Skating. In this year the standings were: Russia for 1st place, Norway for 2nd place, Canada for 3rd place, United States for 4th place, and so on.

The Winter Olympics are a great way to get together with your family and friends to watch sports that involve dedication, sacrifices, and snow! And even though the Olympics are now over, you can still enjoy winter sports through some good reads. Try these:

  • Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler (ice skating)
  • Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill (ice skating, ice hockey)
  • Girl Overboard by Justina Chen (snowboarding)

Did you watch the Olympics? What was your favorite part?

-Nirmeet B., 10th grade

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