Here at CozyWinters, we love any and all things winter — including the Olympics! So as you can imagine, we’re particularly excited about the upcoming Sochi Games and are counting down the days until we can cheer on our favorite American athletes as they represent our country in international competition.
Of course with any spectacle as big as the Olympics, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the information surrounding the event. That’s why we’ve spent some time sifting through the minutiae to pick out the more important details and organize them in this handy at-a-glance guide for you:
Dates: February 7 (Opening Ceremony) to February 23, 2014 (Closing Ceremony)
Host city: Sochi, Russia, with additional events taking place in Krasnaya Polyana
Estimated cost to host city: More than $50 billion
Official motto: “Hot. Cool. Yours.”
Official mascots: The Polar Bear, the Hare, and the Leopard
Time difference: 8 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time in the U.S.
Number of participating nations: 88
Number of participating athletes: More than 5,500
Number of sports: 15 (Figure Skating, Speed Skating, Short Track Speed Skating, Ice Hockey, Luge, Skeleton, Bobsled, Curling, Freestyle Skiing, Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Jumping, Nordic Combined, and Biathlon)
Number of Events: 98
Number of American athletes, coaches, and staff expected to attend: 375
Broadcast coverage: NBC and NBCOlympics.com
These fast facts should give you a basic feel for what to expect from the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. Now all that’s left to do is fix a big bowl of popcorn, grab your comfy heated electric throw, settle into your favorite chair, and root for the red, white, and blue!