Monday, July 22, 2013
200 days to Sochi 2014
Next to the world’s best athletes in focus, the Games may also see some familiar faces waving the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) flag. Young and promising talents who participated at the inaugural YOG in Innsbruck 2012, Austria, now with their sights firmly set on Sochi 2014 include YOG champions Kai Mahler (SUI) from Freestyle Skiing, young US snowboarder Arielle Gold, and flying superstar Sara Takanashi (JPN) who has been dominating ladies’ Ski Jumping in the previous season.
Meanwhile, the world will be following the longest torch relay in the history of the Olympic Winter Games. Travelling more than 65,000km, carried by around 14,000 torchbearers over 123 days, including a trip to space and back, the Sochi 2014 Torch Relay will begin in Russia on 7th October 2013.
Sochi was elected as the host city for the XXII Olympic Winter Games at the 119th IOC Session in Guatemala City on 4 July 2007. The Sochi 2014 Games will play host to the seven Olympic Winter sports (Skiing, Skating, Luge, Biathlon, Ice Hockey, Curling, and Bobsleigh) currently on the Olympic programme and will run from 7 to 23 February 2014.