The 2014 Winter Olympics are being held in the Russian city of Sochi. When most people think of Russia, they think of its brutally cold winters and heavy snowfall. In fact, some parts of Russia rival Antarctica with its bone-chilling temperatures.
But not Sochi – despite being at a latitude similar to Milwaukee, it has more in common climate-wise with the Southeastern United States. Winter highs generally hit the low 50s, with lows in the mid-30s.
Does this mean the Olympians will be water skiing instead of snow skiing? And how can you skate, slalom, luge, or curl in those conditions? Well, Russia has taken care of that in two ways – through modern engineering and by taking advantage of the region’s varied elevation.
The games will be separated into two locations: the Olympic Park along the coast of the Black Sea, and in the nearby mountain resorts of Krasnaya Polyana. The Olympic Park will host not only the opening and closing ceremonies, but also ice hockey, speed skating, figure skating, and curling in its climate-controlled arenas and skating centers. Krasnaya Polyana’s resorts will feature cross-country and downhill skiing, bobsledding, the luge, and snowboarding.
So it looks like the 2014 Winter Olympics will be happen no matter what the weather may bring in subtropical Sochi. Get the full details on Sochi from our Meteorology team!
Here are some Winter Olympic fun facts to share with your friends and family:
- This will be the 22nd Winter Olympics, and the first to be hosted by Russia.
- This will also be the most expensive Olympics ever, costing an estimated $51 billion USD!
- Sochi will be the warmest city ever to host the Winter Olympics.
- The epic torch relay for Sochi 2014, featuring 14,000 torchbearers, went into space via the International Space Station.
- BMW built the USA team’s hi-tech bobsleds.
- The world record for ski jumping is 246.5 meters… about the distance of a professional golfer’s drive.
Keep track of the 2014 Winter Olympic game schedules and results here: http://www.sochi2014.com/en
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The WeatherBug – Earth Networks Team