The Sochi Winter Olympics 2014

  • Japan's Yuki Kadono following his second run of the Men's Snowboard Slopestyle Final. Photos: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport

    Sweden's Sven Thorgren in his second run of the Men's Snowboard Slopestyle Final.Photos: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport

    Great Britain's Eve Muirhead practices in the Ice Cube Curling Centre Picture date: Saturday February 8, 2014. Photo: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport

  • The Sochi Winter Olympics 2014
    08.02.2014 16:55

    The winter Olympics occurs once every four years, and originated in Chamonix, France in 1924. There were several events in the original games; figure skating, ice hockey, ski jumping and speed skating. Over the years many other events have been added including the Skelton, where a rider goes down at top speed head first on a high tech sledge.

    In the last winter Olympics in Vancouver, Britain gained only one Gold medal. This was from the skeleton race and was earned by Amy Williams on her Debut. Other famous wins for Great Britain included the 1984 Torvill and Dean figure skating pair who gained a perfect score, something that has never been matched.

    Last night saw the 2014 winter Olympics open in Sochi but the actual games have started today. Sochi is located on the Black Sea and is one of the warmest parts of Russia, with the nearby mountains the venue for the Games. Marie Sharapova, the tennis super star who once lived in the city as a child, opened the games and helped showcase the city in a series of TV segments.

    Tomorrow looks set to be a fairly cloudy day in Sochi with temperatures around 11C which is considerably higher than the average temperature of 2C for this time of year. It will be colder in the mountains but the warmer than average temperatures wont help the winter conditions needed. On Monday there will be variable cloud and some bright spells. However on Monday evening and though the night there will likely be deposit of well needed snow on the mountains, with rain at lower levels, heavy in places. The rest of the week looks set to be dry and bright. 

    Perhaps the Olympics would have faired better in Scotland where there has been heavy snow fall in the past weeks. More showers are expected in western Britain tomorrow, and these will fall as hill snow in the north. Elsewhere, it will be drier with variable cloud. The recent trend of storms look set to continue with more rain due to hit the UK on Tuesday, with snow on high ground in northern areas.

    This will be the first time the winter Olympics has been held in Russia, and the decision to host it here has not been without its fair share of controversy, as the city of Sochi is close to areas of conflict. The security is therefore very high with soldiers patrolling and road checks in places to stop the chance of a terrorist strike. The brand new area has been built over the last few years, and has reportedly had more than 30 billion pound poured into the project, making it the most expensive winter Olympics.

    By: John Griffiths