The 2014 Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia. Opening ceremonies will be held on February 7th with closing ceremonies on February 23, 2014. Both ceremonies will be held at Fisht Olympic Stadium.
This will be the 22nd Winter Olympics and will feature 98 events in 15 different sports categories. The Winter Olympics in Sochi are the first Olympics of any kind in Russia. The 1980 Summer Olympics of the former Soviet Union were in Moscow and were heavily boycotted.
Russia is going all out for the Olympic Games. Costs are expected to exceed 50 billion dollars far surpassing any other Summer or Winter Olympics since the Games began. Russian leaders are pressuring Russian billionaires to help foot the exorbitant costs. This is creating a backlash against the Kremlin because the expectancy is so high.
A relatively unknown fact outside Russia is that their are more billionaires who call Moscow home that any other city in the world. Yes, more billionaires from Moscow than from the financial centers of New York and London.
50 Billion Dollars Should Showcase Great Winter Olympics
Russia’s willingness to spend 50 billion dollars should result in a great Winter Olympics in Sochi. Part of the money is being spent on a transportation system that will quickly transport people between two venues of the Olympics.
The two venues called “Clusters” consist of the Mountain Cluster held in the Krasnaya Polyana Mountains and the Coastal Cluster being held in Sochi by the Black Sea. The Mountain Cluster will feature sports like snow skiing, snowboarding, bobsledding and the luge. The Coastal Cluster will feature several skating events like figure skating, speed skating and hockey as well as curling.
Snow Making Process
An estimated 11 million dollars is being spent on snow making in preparation of a possible small snow accumulation next year. The massive snow making operation amounts to approximately 450,000 cubic meters or almost 119 million gallons of snow. Some of the snow will melt but enough will be left over for the Winter Games because of natural temperatures and a special thermal seal.
The Winter Olympics in Vancouver was a warning of what problems a small snow season could cause. Also, Sochi has one of the warmest climate areas in all of Russia and does not always have great amounts of snow. Choosing the mountain regions for this purpose was a great choice. The Russia Federation is hoping the higher elevations will receive real snow avoiding having to use the fake stuff.
December 2013 was the coldest winter in Russia in over 70 years, so anything can happen. Regardless, organizers are in full preparation for a great 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.