The 2014 Winter Olympics: Sochi Edition

by Amizade Global Service-Learning

The 22nd Winter Olympics got started Friday in Sochi, Russia, the first Olympics held in the Russian Federation since the breakup of the USSR in 1991. During the games, there will be 98 events in 15 different winter sports, with 12 new competitions, including: biathlon mixed relay, women’s ski jumping, mixed-team figure skating, mixed-team luge, half-pipe skiing, ski and snowboard slopestyle and snowboard parallel slalom.

The Sochi Olympics has already set a number of olympic records. There are a record number of athletes (2,800) from a record number of nations (88). The games will be taking place in the most compact venue area in the history of the winter Olympics. The estimated cost is US$51 billion, four times the initial budget, and the most expensive Olympics in history. The torch relay included stops at the North Pole and the International Space Station and was the longest torch relay in history, traveling 40,000 miles.

We are happy to support all of the athletes and are thrilled to be cheering along with our friends around the world as we pay special attention to those athletes competing on behalf of our community partnership countries!



Men’s Four-Man Bobsleigh (Edson Bindilatti, Fabio Goncalves Silva, Edson Ricardo Martins & Odirlei Pessoni)

Women’s Bobsleigh (Sally Mayara da Silva & Fabiana Santos)

Ladies’ Snowboard Cross (Isabel Clark Ribeiro)

Ladies’ Aerials Freestyle Skiing (Joselane Santos)

Ladies Figure Skating (Isadora Williams)



Men’s Two-Man Bobsleigh (Winston Watts & Marvin Dixon)


Men’s Four-Man Bobsleigh (Dawid Kupczyk, Daniel Zalewski, Marcin Niewiara, & Pawel Mroz)

Men’ Two-Man Bobsleigh (Dawid Kupczyk & Pawel Mroz)

Luge Doubles (Karol Mikrut & Patryk Poreba)

Speed Skating Men’s Team (Zbigniew Brodka, Sebastian Druszkiewicz, Konrad Niedzwiedzki & Jan Szymanski)

Speed Skating Ladies Team (Katarzyna Bachleda-Curus, Natalia Czerwonka, Katarzyna Wozniak & Luiza Zlotkowska)

We will keep you updated on their events throughout the Olympics!