Every time the Olympic Games are held, history is made.
This year is no different; in addition to athletic history in the making, Russia is hosting their very first Olympics since the breakup of the USSR.
In the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, Russia has shown their unique innovation through many areas of the Olympics. This year’s opening ceremony included more technology than any other opening ceremony in the past.
Russia’s technological advancements contributed to a special and moving Parade of Nations. A projection in the stadium created an image of Earth flying through space, showcasing the countries that were being represented in the games. For the first time in history, it appeared as if the athletes were walking onto the stage from the heart of their country.
While Russia put their best foot forward in the opening ceremony, many of the athletes have reported poor living conditions in their hotels. This has caused a widespread hashtag called #sochiproblems, which appears not only on Twitter, but is also making its way onto Facebook and Instagram.
Stacy St. Clair, a Chicago Tribune reporter, tweeted, “My hotel has no water. If restored, the front desk says, ‘do not use on your face, because it contains something very dangerous.'”
USA Bobsledder Johnny Quinn was forced to break down the door to his bathroom after it jammed shut when he was inside and without his phone.
With most of the world obsessing about the poor living conditions of Sochi, people forget that the Olympics are a rare, majestic and awe-inspiring major sporting event.
With dozens of events taking place at the Olympics, it can be hard to decide which events to watch.
Here’s a list of some fun events to watch during the Sochi Olympics.
Women’s slalom, or alpine skiing, is putting a lot of focus on Mikaela Shiffrin. The 18-year-old holds both the world champion and the World Cup titles.
Speed skating is a thrilling and fast event, where skaters reach speeds up to 35 miles per hour. With Apolo Ohno retired, Shani Davis is the new face to watch.
The Bobsled is similar to the luge but holds either two or four athletes. The competition is simply who can go the fastest.
For full schedules and more information about the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics you can visit www.sochi2014.com or watch them on NBC.