Baby, it’s cold outside! But things are heating up in Sochi as the world’s best skaters, skiers, snowboarders, bobsledders, and hockey players converge on Russia to compete in the XXII Olympic Winter Games.
Tune in with the rest of the world from February 7-23 to see feats of athleticism, artistry, and sheer madness on snow and ice.
We’ve got recipes and fun ideas to go with the Games, whether you’re planning a world-class party or just chilling on the couch in your snowflake jammies.
Russia: The Host Country
The 2014 Olympic Winter Games will be the first time the Russian Federation will host the Winter Games; the Soviet Union hosted the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow. The host city Sochi has a population of 400,000 and is situated in Krasnodar, which is the third largest region in Russia.
Olympic Party Food
Your viewing party menu could reflect Russia's rich cultural diversity, with traditional ingredients that include fish, poultry, mushrooms, rye, and vodka.
For the Record
Challenge your pals to a trivia contest. (The following facts apply to the Olympic Winter Games prior to Sochi.)
Q: What country has won the most medals in the Winter Olympics?
A: Norway has amassed 313 medals. (What, you’re surprised?) The U.S. comes in second with 274.
Q: Which individual athlete has won the most medals overall?
A: Norwegian cross-country skier Bjorn Daehlie, with 12.
Q: Which American athlete has won the most medals?
A: Short track speed skater Apolo Ono has 8 medals: 2 gold, 2 silver, and 4 bronze.
Q: Who was the youngest individual Winter Olympics gold medalist?
A: American figure skater Tara Lipinski was all of 15 when she aced the ice at Nagano, Japan in 1998.
Q: Where and when were the first Winter Olympics held?
A: Chamonix, France, in 1924.
Q: What two sports make up the biathlon?
A: Cross-country skiing and rifle shooting.
Q: What country has played host to more Winter Olympics than any other?
A: The United States: Lake Placid in 1932 and 1980, Squaw Valley in 1960, and Salt Lake City in 2000.
- Do the Winter Olympics make you want to take up a sport or turn up the heat?
- Do you have a favorite event? Athlete? Country?
- Have you ever attended the Winter Games?
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